History of Victorville
The community of Victorville was incorporated on September 21, 1962, as a
general law city with a population of approximately 8,111 and an area of
9.7 square miles. As of January 1, 1995 the City's population and area
was 60,648 and 67.68 square miles respectively. These figures indicate
the City has grown substantially in its history as a municipality.
Prior to incorporation the community had a history which goes back over
100 years, when the first settlers of European descent arrived.
In about 1885, the community was known as Victor. It was named after
Jacob Nash Victor, a construction superintendent for the California
Southern Railroad (Santa Fe Railroad). The town was established as a
result of the original railroad station constructed approximately one
mile northwest of the Mojave River narrows. On January 18, 1886,
the Plan of the Town of Victor was prepared which created the grid pattern
of the original town. This original subdivision included property
between "A" Street through "G" Street and First Street through Eleventh
Street. The area encompassed approximately 200 acres or one-third of a
The abundance of good water and the availability of rich bottom lands led
to agricultural development shortly after the establishment of the railroad
depot. Near the turn of the century, large deposits of limestone and
granite were discovered. Since then the cement manufacturing industry
has emerged as the single most important industry of the
In 1901 the community's name was changed by the United States Post Office
from "Victor" to "Victorville" due to the confusion associated with the
community of Victor, Colorado.
In 1926, U.S. Route 66
was established, which was one of the main arteries
of the National Highway System linking Chicago, Illinois, with California.
A portion of this famous highway provided a transportation corridor through
Victorville, which was unsurpassed until Interstate 15 was constructed.
Seventh Street and "D" Street were a part of this national highway.
A brief history of the Victor Valley.