Palmdale (Images of America)

Palmdale (Images of America)

Norma H. Gurba

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 0738581224

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

One of the nation's fastest growing cities and a center for the aerospace and defense industries, Palmdale began in 1886 with the doomed colony of Palmenthal in a land plentiful with Joshua trees and jackrabbits but very little water. The gateway to the southern Antelope Valley, Palmdale has enjoyed a rich, diverse, and eventful history while resourceful pioneers created neighboring communities of unique character. Littlerock, a "pearadise," became the fruit basket for the Antelope Valley. Neil Armstrong, before becoming the first man to walk on the moon in 1969, resided in Juniper Hills. Pearblossom's rustic landscape was ideal for early cowboy movies. The crumbling site of Llano del Rio is the location of perhaps the most important nonreligious utopian colony in Western American history. Valyermo owes its existence to the San Andreas Fault, and the Big Rock Creek area became known for Noah Beery Sr.'s Paradise Trout Club, a favorite rendezvous for many Hollywood movie stars and notables.

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orchards and gardens, continued to prosper during the wet years of the late 1880s and early 1890s. The thriving town also had a church, school, and various business establishments. Residents applied for a Palmdale Post Office, but a post office with the same name was already being used by another Palmdale near present-day Palm Springs. The settlement was officially named Palmenthal on June 17, 1888, when a post office was opened in John Munz’s general store. However, in May 1890 the other

1955. On September 8, 1956, Palmdale High School opened its doors for the first time. (Courtesy of Palmdale High School.) Palmdale High School was the second school to be established in the district. Approximately 500 freshman and sophomore students from the southern section of the Antelope Valley were enrolled. By midterm, the numbers increased to 600. Team spirit was important for the new school. The cheerleaders are, from left to right, Sandy Ingles, Klo Ann Williams (front), Carol Robertson,

and the Alpine School District. (Courtesy of Littlerock Library, County of Los Angeles Public Library.) The new Keppel Union School, which was built in Littlerock on Pearblossom Highway, opened in 1928 at a cost of about $77,000. It was named after Mark Keppel, the superintendent of the Los Angeles County Schools. There were 65 pupils and three teachers. The district covered 305 square miles. Cora Sweet McCrumb is the little girl holding the 1935 class sign. (Courtesy of Cora Sweet McCrumb

tennis court and a campground. During the Depression there was a tent city in the area for traveling fruit pickers. (Courtesy of Cora Sweet McCrumb family.) Silent movie actor Noah Berry Sr. opened his famous Paradise Trout Club in the Big Rock Creek area in the summer of 1927 after promoting it to the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce. It was a favorite rendezvous for many Hollywood movie stars and notables such as Gloria Swanson, Clark Gable, Johnny “Tarzan” Weissmuller, Joseph Kennedy, and Charlie

This photograph is a little farther south on Sierra Highway. The complex on the east side dates to the late 1910s and early 1920s. South of the plant shop is Forest Lumber, which was originally the Palmdale Lumber Company. During the 1960s, Lerner Gas Station was selling gas for 55¢ per gallon. (Courtesy of Palmdale City Library.) The Palmdale pre-cooling/ice and cold storage plant was built in 1918 by J. E. Jones and E. Davis, after the arrival of electricity. It provided vital services for the

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