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Downtown Lancaster street scene showing the old Valley Theater on the west side of Sierra Highway, 1940s
Downtown Lancaster street scene showing the old Valley Theater on the west side of Sierra Highway, 1940s
[Courtesy of the City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery and its many donors]
Pancho Barnes and Amelia Earhart, late 1920s
Pancho Barnes and Amelia Earhart, late 1920s
[Courtesy of the Edwards Air Force Base, Air Force Flight Test Center-Headquarters]
Pancho Barnes, c. 1920s
Pancho Barnes, c. 1920s
[Courtesy of the Edwards Air Force Base, Air Force Flight Test Center-Headquarters]
Pancho Barnes's truck with Rancho Oro Verde, c. 1940s
Pancho Barnes's truck with Rancho Oro Verde, c. 1940s
[Courtesy of the Edwards Air Force Base, Air Force Flight Test Center-Headquarters]
Pancho Barnes's Rancho De Oro after it burned, early 1960s
Pancho Barnes's Rancho De Oro after it burned, early 1960s
[Courtesy of the Edwards Air Force Base, Air Force Flight Test Center-Headquarters]
Lancaster Railroad Depot, c. 1900-1905
Lancaster Railroad Depot, c. 1900-1905
[Courtesy of the City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery and its many donors]
Twenty Mule Team loaded with hay at the John Searles' San Bernardino Borax Company warehouse in Mojave, c. 1880
Twenty Mule Team loaded with hay at the John Searles' San Bernardino Borax Company warehouse in Mojave, c. 1880
[Courtesy of the City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery and its many donors]
Construction of Owens Valley Aqueduct, c. 1910
Construction of Owens Valley Aqueduct, c. 1910
[Courtesy of the City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery and its many donors]
Antelope Valley farm scene with an early hay baler, c. 1902
Antelope Valley farm scene with an early hay baler, c. 1902
[Courtesy of the City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery and its many donors]
Cattle round-up on Butterworth Ranch, c. 1906
Cattle round-up on Butterworth Ranch, c. 1906
[Courtesy of the City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery and its many donors]
Cowboys at H. J. Butterworth corral, c. 1905-1910
Cowboys at H. J. Butterworth corral, c. 1905-1910
[Courtesy of the City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery and its many donors]
Early day miners at entrance to the Lida Mine, c. 1900s
Early day miners at entrance to the Lida Mine, c. 1900s
[Courtesy of the City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery and its many donors]
Ezra Hamilton\'s Lida Mill, c. 1900s
Ezra Hamilton's Lida Mill, c. 1900s
[Courtesy of the City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery and its many donors]
Fred Hamilton (son of Ezra Hamilton) in mining clothes and surrounded by the tools of his trade, c. 1900s
Fred Hamilton (son of Ezra Hamilton) in mining clothes and surrounded by the tools of his trade, c. 1900s
[Courtesy of the City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery and its many donors]
Job Harriman, the founder of Llano del Rio, in May Day Parade, c. 1915
Job Harriman, the founder of Llano del Rio, in May Day Parade, c. 1915
[Courtesy of the City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery and its many donors]
Burden basket of the type used by Piute Indians
Burden basket of the type used by Piute Indians
[Courtesy of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum]
Mano and metate from the Piute Butte area
Mano and metate from the Piute Butte area
[Courtesy of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum]
Crate label from the Blum Ranch, c. 1950s
Crate label from the Blum Ranch, c. 1950s
[Courtesy of the Palmdale City Library]
Map showing the Tropico Mine in Rosamond, CA, c. 1960s
Map showing the Tropico Mine in Rosamond, CA, c. 1960s
[Courtesy of the Palmdale City Library]
Letter from O. F. Goodrich of the Antelope Valley Hay and Grain Company to a Mr. Kelly regarding a poorly behaved mule., c. 1920s
Letter from O. F. Goodrich of the Antelope Valley Hay and Grain Company to a Mr. Kelly regarding a poorly behaved mule., c. 1920s
[Courtesy of the Palmdale City Library]
First combine in the Antelope Valley on the Godde-Stratman Ranch, early 1900s
First combine in the Antelope Valley on the Godde-Stratman Ranch, early 1900s
[Courtesy of the Palmdale City Library]
52-Mule team used in the construction of the Los Angeles-Owens Valley Aqueduct across the west side of the Antelope Valley, 1908
52-Mule team used in the construction of the Los Angeles-Owens Valley Aqueduct across the west side of the Antelope Valley, 1908
[Courtesy of the Palmdale City Library]
Little Rock Dam, c. 1920
Little Rock Dam, c. 1920
[Courtesy of the Palmdale City Library]
Intersection of Sierra Highway and Lancaster Boulevard, looking south on Sierra Highway
Intersection of Sierra Highway and Lancaster Boulevard, looking south on Sierra Highway
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Aerial view looking north and showing almost the entire city of Lancaster, c. 1952
Aerial view looking north and showing almost the entire city of Lancaster, c. 1952
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
The Gillwyn Hotel, which became the Western Hotel and was used as Lancaster's first high school, c. 1880s
The Gillwyn Hotel, which became the Western Hotel and was used as Lancaster's first high school, c. 1880s
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Tenth Street, c. 1940
Tenth Street, c. 1940
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
The first rodeo in Antelope Valley, c. 1910
The first rodeo in Antelope Valley, c. 1910
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Sierra Highway from the Valley Theater to the old Ledger Gazette Building, c. 1948
Sierra Highway from the Valley Theater to the old Ledger Gazette Building, c. 1948
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Lancaster Boulevard, looking west, c. 1900
Lancaster Boulevard, looking west, c. 1900
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Aerial view showing Antelope Valley Joint Union High School, 1955
Aerial view showing Antelope Valley Joint Union High School, 1955
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Beale Adobe at Tejon Ranch, 1863
Beale Adobe at Tejon Ranch, 1863
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
The completed Fairmont Tunnel (aka the 'Elizabeth Tunnel') of the Los Angeles-Owens Valley Aqueduct, c. 1920s
The completed Fairmont Tunnel (aka the 'Elizabeth Tunnel') of the Los Angeles-Owens Valley Aqueduct, c. 1920s
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Workers standing in front of tunnel entrance in the Los Angeles-Owens Valley Aqueduct, c. 1908
Workers standing in front of tunnel entrance in the Los Angeles-Owens Valley Aqueduct, c. 1908
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Aerial view of San Andreas fault line from just west of the Palmdale Reservoir to Big Pine, c. 1935
Aerial view of San Andreas fault line from just west of the Palmdale Reservoir to Big Pine, c. 1935
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Drawing showing a bird's-eye view of the Antelope Valley, c. 1880
Drawing showing a bird's-eye view of the Antelope Valley, c. 1880
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
An Antelope Valley road separating an orchard and the desert, c. 1920s
An Antelope Valley road separating an orchard and the desert, c. 1920s
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Aerial view of Palmdale business district, c. 1930
Aerial view of Palmdale business district, c. 1930
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Pear picking in Littlerock, 1920s
Pear picking in Littlerock, 1920s
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Interior of a pear packing shed, c. 1920s
Interior of a pear packing shed, c. 1920s
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
New pear orchard (possibly in Pearland) and water flowing from a standpipe
New pear orchard (possibly in Pearland) and water flowing from a standpipe
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Palmdale Grammar School at the end of Main Street (Avenues Q through P), 1925
Palmdale Grammar School at the end of Main Street (Avenues Q through P), 1925
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
The Avenue S area in old Palmdale, 1890-1895
The Avenue S area in old Palmdale, 1890-1895
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Aerial view of Palmdale, from the airport to where the Colton Spur of the railroad track crosses Sierra Highway, c. 1986
Aerial view of Palmdale, from the airport to where the Colton Spur of the railroad track crosses Sierra Highway, c. 1986
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
The Palmenthal schoolhouse and students in old Palmdale, 1890s
The Palmenthal schoolhouse and students in old Palmdale, 1890s
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Palmdale looking northwest from the railroad water tank toward houses on Pacific Avenue (6th Street East) and beyond, c. 1918
Palmdale looking northwest from the railroad water tank toward houses on Pacific Avenue (6th Street East) and beyond, c. 1918
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Antelope Valley Joint Union High School, 1920s
Antelope Valley Joint Union High School, 1920s
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Map of Lancaster, 1940s
Map of Lancaster, 1940s
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Lancaster Boulevard, looking east from Cedar Avenue, 1950s
Lancaster Boulevard, looking east from Cedar Avenue, 1950s
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Construction of Shea's Castle, 1925
Construction of Shea's Castle, 1925
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
The Lancaster Airport on the northwest corner of 10th Street West and Avenue I, 1930
The Lancaster Airport on the northwest corner of 10th Street West and Avenue I, 1930
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Job Harriman, the founder of Llano del Rio, c. 1900
Job Harriman, the founder of Llano del Rio, c. 1900
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
A furnished tent house at Llano del Rio, c. 1914-1917
A furnished tent house at Llano del Rio, c. 1914-1917
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
The land as the Llano del Rio colonists first saw it, c. 1914
The land as the Llano del Rio colonists first saw it, c. 1914
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
A group of Llano del Rio colonists, 1914
A group of Llano del Rio colonists, 1914
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
The last colonists leaving Llano del Rio, 1918
The last colonists leaving Llano del Rio, 1918
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
A dormitory and the Hotel Llano del Rio, 1916
A dormitory and the Hotel Llano del Rio, 1916
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]
Ruins of the Llano del Rio Hotel, c. 1920s
Ruins of the Llano del Rio Hotel, c. 1920s
[Courtesy of the West Antelope Valley Historical Society]

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