DescriptionThe high desert city of Lancaster in the Antelope Valley was established in 1884 along the Southern Pacific Railroad line. The community grew through farming and mining activities. Edwards Air Force Base's predecessor, Muroc Bombing and Gunnery Range, was established in 1933 and became an important part of Lancaster's economy. The city's population expanded beginning in the 1980s as Lancaster became a bedroom community for Los Angeles and other Southern California locations.
The Antelope Valley is well-known for its abundant springtime display of poppies at the 1,745-acre Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, on Lancaster Road between 130th and 170th streets west. The reserve's 8 miles of trails (portions are paved) are open year-round; the visitor center is open mid-March through late May. The best viewing time is mid-April. Phone (661) 724-1180.
Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd., presents music, dance, drama and children's events; phone (661) 723-5950. Also along Lancaster Boulevard, the Aerospace Walk of Honor pays tribute to distinguished test pilots who have flown out of Edwards Air Force Base.
Visitor InfoLancaster Chamber of Commerce 554 W. Lancaster Blvd. LANCASTER, CA 93534-2534. Phone:(661)948-4518
Things to SeeLancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH)
Hot Air BallooningDon's Early Light Hot Air Ballooning