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Like many other towns in inland California, Lancaster was literally created by the railroad, where no settlement existed before the coming of the steel tracks. When the Southern Pacific Railroad passed through the western Mojave Desert, the site of Lancaster was established—first only as a siding in the summer of 1876. The actual town was born when Moses Langley Wicks, a prominent real estate developer in southern California, purchased 60 sections of land from Southern Pacific and had the town surveyed and recorded on February 16, 1884. Officially incorporated in 1977, the city is located in Antelope Valley, approximately 70 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
ISBN: 9780738529813
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The story of the opportunities, trends, and diverse strands of people and cultures that shaped Lancaster into the institutional and community center of the valley region can best be told through historic photographs. Presented here are over 200 remarkable images that have been donated to the City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery's permanent collection. Author Norma H. Gurba has been the curator at the City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery and city historian for 18 years.
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