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California Fool's Gold -- An Antelope Valley Primer

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 25, 2011 02:00pm | Post a Comment
WHERE THE DEER AND THE ANTELOPE PLAY -- THE ANTELOPE VALLEY


The Antelope Valley
is a large region located in the western edge of the Mojave Desert situated between the Tehachapi and the San Gabriel Mountains. It is neighbored by the regions of Kern County/The Central Valley to the north, Northwest Los Angeles County to the west, Angeles Forest to the south and San Bernadino County/The Inland Empire to the east. Historically it was home to the Kawaiisu, Kitanemuk, Serrano and Tataviam people. Spaniards invaded in the 1770s and conquered the land.


Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of the Antelope Valley

Antelope Valley's name comes from the pronghorns which populated the area until the 1880s. Though more closely related to giraffes and okapi, the are wrongly but commonly referred to as "pronghorn antelopes."


Today, the main industries of the valley's communities are aerospace, agriculture, manufacturing and mining. A population boom began in the 1980s and, in the the last ten years, the principle cities in the area, Lancaster and Palmdale, have passed Pomona to become the fifth and sixth largest cities in Los Angeles County. The population is approximately 50% white, 30% Latino, 13% black and 4% Asian.

And now an introduction to the communities of the Antelope Valley:

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ACTON


Acton is a small community founded above the valley floor in the Sierra Pelona Mountains in 1887 by gold miners. Its first hotel and saloon, The 49er, opened in 1889 and is still open for business. Acton appeared in Army of Darkness, Blood Work, Duel, Little Miss Sunshine and Terminator 3. The videos for Radiohead's "High and Dry," Metallica's "The Day That Never Comes," and Tom Petty's "Swingin" were also filmed in various Acton locales. It's also home to the Polsa Rosa Movie Ranch. Acton is also the least diverse community in the valley, with a population that's 81% white (mostly German, Irish and Canadian) and 12% Latino (mostly Mexican).


DESERT RELIEF

Desert Relief was listed on U.S. Geological Survey maps at least as late as 1934. Nowadays there are about five houses in the area and not much else. Just east are the ruins of the old Llano Del Rio Company of Nevada commune.


JUNIPER HILLS


Juniper Hills (Source: 

Juniper Hills is a small town located in the foothills on the northern slope of the San Gabriel Mountains, just west of the Devil's Punchbowl County Park. The Juniper Hills Community Association was created in 1948 and maintains a community center.


LAKE LOS ANGELES


Tiny Lake Los Angeles is the youngest and poorest community in the valley. The lake of the name is a dry one located beneath the Lovejoy Buttes. Beginning in the 1930s, it was a popular filming location, especially in the TV series Bonanza. The population is 47% white (mostly German), 36% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran) and 10% black.


LANCASTER


Lancaster is the ninth fastest growing city in the US and is the largest city in Antelope Valley. It was founded by real estate developer M.L. Wicks in the late 19th century. In the 1970s, it was home to the Flat Earth Society. In films, it was a location for Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects. The grooved Civic Musical Road, when driven across, plays Gioachino Rossini's "William Tell Overture!" The population is 53% white (mostly German), 24% Latino (mostly Mexican), 15% black and 4% Asian (mostly Filipino).


LARGO VISTA

Largo Vista is small town located at the northern edge of Angeles National Forest.


LEONA VALLEY


Affluent Leona Valley, located where the Sierra Pelona Mountains meet the Mojave Desert, is the wealthiest community in the Antelope Valley. The land was purchased in 1913 by Frank D. Hall who established a dairy farm in the Leonis Valley (which he renamed, "Leona"). The farm failed and in 1922, it was subdivided and sold to new residents. Today, the residents are 80% white (mostly German and English), 7% Latino and 6% Asian (mostly Vietnamese and Indian).


LLANO


Ruins of Llano del Rio, near Llano (source: Center for Land Use Interpretation)


Llano is a small town with a population of about 1200. Just north of town are the ruins of the Llano Del Rio Company of Nevada commune. 


NEENACH


Neenach is a small farm town of about 800 people. It was founded in the 1870s by Danish settlers from Neenah, Wisconsin.


NORTHEAST ANTELOPE VALLEY


Piute Ponds (image source: Bill Cullen)
Northeast Antelope Valley is a sparsely-populated area of the valley. Within its borders is the separate community of Lake Los Angeles. The mostly flat terrain is punctuated with several mountains and buttes. There are several parks and wildlife sanctuaries, including the Alpine Butte Wildlife Sanctuary, the Carl O Gerhardy Wildlife Sanctuary, the Mescal Wildlife Sanctuary, Saddleback Butte State Park, Butte Valley Wildflower Sanctuary, the Phacelia Wildlife Sanctuary and the Theodore Payne Wildlife Sanctuary. It's also home to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. Since Antelope Valley is a true desert, it is something of a surprise that the largest freshwater wetlands in the county are located there, the Piute Ponds. The ponds are part of the Harley Berhow Recreational Area and support 200 varieties of migratory birds including the Black-crowned night heron, the Great heron, the Great horned owl, and the Western snowy plover. The human residents are 62% white (mostly German and English), 25% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran) and 8% black.


NORTHWEST ANTELOPE VALLEY


Northwest Antelope Valley is a another sparsely-populated area of the valley. The population is 78% white (mostly German and English) and 14% Latino (mostly Mexican). Its Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve draws many visitors who come to enjoy rolling fields of the California state flower. It's also home to the Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park, Desert Pines Wildlife Sanctuary and Fairmont Reservoir.


PALMDALE


Palmdale was established in 1886 by mostly German and Swiss Lutherans from the Middle West. Today its population is 41% white (mostly German), 38% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran), 14% black and 4% Asian. It wasn't incorporated until 1962. It's been mentioned or featured in the films Mac and Me, Star Trek Generations, Volcano, Bubble Boy, Star Trek Nemesis, The Day after Tomorrow, The Terminal, Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End and Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen as well as sung about by Afroman and Frank Zappa.


QUARTZ HILL


Quartz Hill is a small town that until the 1970s was largely agricultural, with crops of almonds, alfalfa, as well as turkey farms. With water diverted, alfalfa crops dried up. The almond orchards were destroyed by disease. Nowadays the economy is driven by Lockheed Martin, Northrop Gruman, Staples, Boston Scientific and Starbucks. The population is 74% white (mostly German and Irish), 15% Latino (mostly Mexican) and 6% black.


SOUTHEAST ANTELOPE VALLEY & PEARBLOSSOM


Southeast Antelope Valley is another sparsely-populated area of the valley. Within its borders are Lake Palmdale, the Blalock Wildlife Sanctuary and Pearblossom Park. Its southern portion is dominated by Angeles National Forest. The population is 76% white (mostly German and Irish) and 16% Latino (mostly Mexican and Colombian).


SUN VILLAGE


Sun Village began as one of the few places blacks were allowed to buy homes and it's still home of the Jackie Robinson County Park. With the passage of fair housing and nondiscrimination laws, black residents largely left for other areas. Today the population is 47% white (mostly German), 39% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran) and 11% black. Frank Zappa's music early music career was associated with the town and he commemorated it with his song, "Village of the Sun."


VALYERMO


St. Andrew's Abbey (image source: Saint Andrew's Abbey)
Valyermo is a small town with a population of about 450. It is the home of Saint Andrew's Abbey, a Benedictine monastery.

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And so Antelope fans, to vote for any towns in the Antelope Valley or any other Los Angeles County communities to be covered on the blog, vote here. To vote for Los Angeles neighborhoods, click here. To vote for Orange County neighborhoods, vote here. And remember, don't squat with your spurs on!
 

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Happy Birthday, Los Angeles!!!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 4, 2010 06:27pm | Post a Comment

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Los Angeles County

Happy Birthday Los Angeles. The City of Angels turns 229 years young today (sort of). Back in 1781, so the story goes, 44 Spaniards from Mexico established El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Of the Spaniards, 26 were black, sixteen were Native or mestizo, and two were white. The city has grown even more diverse in the past two centuries and now L.A. boasts the greatest ethnic and cultural diversity of any city not only in the known universe, but the known space-time continuum.


Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's bird's eye attempt at a Middle Earth style Southland map

Los Angeles also boasts more food trucks, Scientologists, playhouses, Angelenos, lowriders, smog and miles of freeway than any city in the US. A host of surrounding towns put the "great" in "Greater Los Angeles." Any regular readers will know that I like to explore the Southland, in an attempt to entertain and uncover the music, movie, culinary, cultural histories the many and varied communities of the great sprawl -- sort of Los Angeles' extended family.



If interested, please take a look at the list below and click here to vote for more LA neighborhoods, here for LA County communities, and here for OC communities to be the subject of future blog entries. 



Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of the Angeles Forest region (Angeles Forest Facebook page)

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Acton, Agoura, Agoura Hills, Agua Dulce, 
Alamitos Beach, Alamitos Heights, Alhambra, Aliso Viejo, Aliso Village, Alondra Park, Altadena, Anaheim, Anaheim Colony, Anaheim Hills, Anaheim Island, Angeleno Heights, Antelope Acres, Arcadia, Arleta, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Arlington Park, Arroyo Seco, Arroyo View Estates, Artcraft Manor, Artesia, Arts District, Athens, Athens on the Hill, Atwater Village, Atwood, Avalon, Avocado Heights, Azusa...



Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the Antelope Valley (Antelope Valley Facebook page)



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Balboa, Balboa Highlands, Balboa Island, Balboa Park, Balboa Peninsula, Baldwin Hills, Baldwin Hills Estates, Baldwin Park, Baldwin Village, Baldwin Vista, Bassett, Bay Harbor, Beachwood Canyon, Bel-Air, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, 
Belmont Heights, Belmont Park, Belmont Shore, Belvedere, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Crest, Beverly Glen, Beverly Hills, Beverlywood, Big Canyon, Big Mountain Ridge, Big Pines, Big Rock, Bixby Hill, Bixby Knolls, Bixby Village, Bluff Heights, Bluff Park, Bouquet Canyon, Boyle Heights, Bradbury, Brea, Brea-Olinda, Brentwood, Brentwood Circle, Brentwood Glen, Brentwood Hills, Brentwood Park, Broadway Corridor, Brooklyn HeightsBrookside Park, Buena Park, Bundy Canyon, Bunker Hill, Burbank, Byzantine-Latino Quarter...



Detail of Pendersleigh & Sons map showing LA County's Channel Islands (Channel Islands Facebook page)

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Cahuenga Pass, Calabasas,  California Heights, Cambodia TownCameo Plaza, Cameron Woods, Canoga Park, Canterbury Knolls, Capistrano Beach, Carlton, Carroll Park, Carson, Carson Park, Carthay, Carthay Circle, Carthay Square, Castaic, Castaic Junction, Castellammare, Castle Heights, Central Area [Long Beach], Century City, Century Palms, Cerritos, Charter Oak, Chatsworth, Chesterfield Square, Cheviot Hills, Chinatown, Citrus, City Terrace, Civic Center, Civic Support, Claremont, College Park, College Park West, Commerce, Compton, Cornell, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Coto de Caza, Country Club Island, Country Club Park, Covenant Hills, Covina, Craftsman Village, Crenshaw, Crestview, Crestwood Hills, Cudahy, Culver City, Cypress, Cypress Park...




Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Downtown (Downtown Facebook page)


D

Dana Point, Del Aire, Del Lago, Del Rey, Del Sur, Del Valle, Desert Relief, Desert View Highlands, Diamond Bar, Dove Canyon, Downey, Downtown Industrial District, Downtown Long Beach, Drake Park, Duarte...



Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the Eastside (Eastside Facebook page)



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Eagle Rock, East Anaheim, East Compton, East Irvine, East La Mirada, East Lake, East Los Angeles, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, East Village, Eastmont, Eastside [Long Beach], Eastside/Circle Area, Echo ParkEl Dorado, El Dorado Park, El Dorado Park Estates, El Dorado South, El Modena, El Monte, El Pueblo, El Segundo, El Sereno, El Toro, Elysian Heights, Elysian Park, Elysian Valley, Emerald Bay, Encino, Exposition Park...



Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of The Harbor (The Harbor Facebook page)



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Faircrest Heights, Fairfax District, Fashion District, Figueroa Corridor, Figueroa Terrace, Financial District, Fletcher Square, Floral Park, Florence-Graham, Flower District, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, 4th Street Corridor, Franklin Hills, Freemont Place, French Park, Fullerton, Furniture & Decorative Arts District...



Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Hollywood (Hollywood Facebook page)


G

Gallery Row, Garden Grove, Gardena, Garvanza, Glassell Park, Glendale, Glendora, Gorman, Gramercy Park, Granada Hills, Green Meadows...




Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the Inland Empire

H

Hacienda Heights, Hancock Park, Hansen Hills, Happy Valley, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Harbor Pines, Harvard Heights, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Hel-Mel, Hellman, Hermon, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, Highland Park, Hillside Village, Historic Core, Historic Filipinotown, Hollywood Dell, Hollywood Heights, Holmby Hills, Home Junction, Huntington Beach, Huntington Harbour, Huntington Palisades, Huntington Park, Hyde Park...



Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the Mideast Side (Mideast Side Facebook page)


I

Imperial Estates, Industry, Inglewood, Irvine, Irwindale, Island Village...




Pendersleigh & Sons Cartpgraphy's map of Midtown (Midtown Facebook page)


J

Jefferson Park, Jewelry District, Juniper Hills...



Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of North Orange County
 

K

Kagel Canyon, Kenter Canyon, King Estates, Kinneloa Mesa, Kinney Heights, Kite Hill, Knollwood, Koreatown...



Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Northeast Los Angeles (NELA Facebook page)


L

La Brea-Hancock, La Cañada Flintridge, La Cienega Heights, La Crescenta-Montrose, La Habra, La Habra Heights, La Marina Estates, La Mirada, La Palma, La Puente, La Tuna Canyon, La Verne, Ladera Heights, Ladera Ranch, Lafeyette Park, Lafeyette Square, Laguna, Laguna Beach, Laguna Canyon, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Laguna Woods Village, Lake Balboa, Lake Forest, Lake Hughes, Lake Los Angeles, Lake View Terrace, Lakewood, Lakewood Village, Lancaster, Larchmont Village, Largo Vista, Las Flores, Laurel Canyon, Lawndale, Leimert Park, Leisure World, Lennox, Leona Valley, Lido Isle, Lincoln Heights, Little Arabia, Little Armenia, Little Bangladesh, Little Ethiopia, Little India, Little Osaka, Little Saigon, Little Seoul, Little Tokyo, Littlerock, Llano, Lomita, Long Beach, Long Beach Marina, Longwood Highlands, Los Alamitos, Los Altos, Los Angeles International Airport, Los Cerritos - Virginia Country Club, Los Feliz, Loyola Village, Lynwood...



Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Northwest County (Northwest County Facebook page)



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MacArthur Park, Magnolia Square, Malibu, Manchester Square, Mandeville Canyon, Manhattan Beach, Mar Vista, Maravilla, Marina Pacifica, Marina Peninsula, Marina del Rey, Marquez Knolls, Mayflower Village, Maywood, Melody Acres, Melrose District, Melrose Hill, Memorial Heights, Mesa Verde, Midway City, Miracle Mile, Mission Hills, Mission Viejo, Modjeska Canyon, Monarch Beach, Monrovia, Montebello, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, Monterey Park, Morningside Circle, Mount Olympus, Mt. Washington...




Penderslieigh & Sons Cartography's map of the Pomona Valley (Pomona Valley Facebook page)

N

Naples, Neenach, Nelie Gail Ranch, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Nichols Canyon, North El Monte, North Hills, North Hollywood, North Industrial District, North Laguna Hills, North Long Beach, North University Park, Northridge, Northwood, Norwalk...



Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the San Fernando Valley (Valley Facebook page)
 

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Oakwood, Old Bank District, Old Lakewood City, Olinda Village, Olive, Olive View, Olympic Park, Orange, Orange Hills, Orange Park Acres, Outpost Estates...



Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the San Gabriel Valley (SGV Facebook page)
 

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Pacific Palisades, Pacoima, Palisades, Palisades Highlands, Palmdale, Palms, Palos Verdes Estates, Panorama City, Paramount, Park Estates, Park La Brea, Park Mile, Pasadena, Pearblossom, Penninsula, Picfair Village, Pico-Union, Pico Del Mar, Pico Park, Pico Rivera, Placentia, Platinum Triangle, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Plaza, Point Fermin, Poly High, Pomona, Porter Ranch, Port of LA, Portola Hills...




Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the Santa Monica Mountains (SMM Facebook page)

Q

Quail Hill, Quartz Hill...




Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the South Bay (South Bay Facebook page)
R

Rancho Estates, Rancho La Tuna Canyon, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rancho Park, Rancho Santa Margarita, Redondo Beach, Regent Square, Reseda, Reseda Ranch, Reynier Village, Ridgewood-Wilton, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rolling Hills Highlands, Roscomare Valley, Rose Hill, Rose Hills, Rose Park, Rossmoor, Rowland Heights, Rustic Canyon...


Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of South LA's Eastside (South LA's Eastside FB page)

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Saint Mary's, San Clemente, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Joaquin Hills, San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Hills, San Juan Hot Springs, San Marino, San Pedro, Santa Ana Heights, Sandberg, Santa Ana, Santa Clarita, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Canyon, Santiago Canyon, Santiago Hills, Sawtelle, Seal Beach, Sepulveda, Shadow Hills, Shady Canyon, Sherman Oaks, Sherman Village, Shoreline Village, Sierra Madre, Sierra Vista, Signal Hill, Silver Lake, Silverado Canyon, Skid Row, Solano Canyon, South Brentwood, South Carthay, South Central, South El Monte, South Gate, South Laguna, South of Conant, South Park, South Pasadena, South Robertson, South San Gabriel, South San Jose Hills, South Shores, South Whittier, Spaulding Square, Spinnaker Bay, Spinnaker Cove, St. Andrews Square, Stanton, Stearns Park, Stevenson Ranch, Stonehurst, Stratford Square, Studio City, Sun Valley, Sun Village, Sunland, Sunny Hills, Sunrise, Sunset Beach, Sunset Heights, Sunset Hills, Sunset Junction, Surfside, Sylmar...




Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of South LA's Westside (South LA Westside FB page)



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Talega, Tarzana, Tehrangeles (Little Persia), Temple-Beaudry, Temple City, Terminal Island, Thai Town, The Gardens, The Village, Three Arch Bay, Toluca Lake, Toluca Woods, Tonner Canyon, Topanga, Torrance, Toy District, Trabuco Canyon, Trabuco Highlands, Traffic Circle, Tujunga, Turtle Rock, Tustin, Tustin Foothills, Tustin Legacy, Tustin Ranch, Two Harbors...




Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of South Orange County

U

University Hills, University Park, University Park Estates...




Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Southeast County (SELACO FB page)


V

Val Verde, Valinda, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Valyermo, Van Nuys, Venice, Venice Canals, Ventura Business District, Vermont Knolls, Vermont Square, Vermont Vista, Vernon, View Heights, View Park-Windsor Hills, Villa Park, Village Green, Vincent, Vinegar Hill, Virgil Village, Vista del Oro...


Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of The Verdugos (Verdugos Facebook page)



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Wagon Wheel, Walnut Park, Walnut, Warner Center, Watts, Wellington Heights, Wellington Square, West Adams, West Alameda, West Athens, West Carson, West Compton, West Covina, West Garden Grove, West Hills, West Hollywood, West Long Beach, West Park Terrace, West Puente Valley, West Toluca, West Whittier-Los Nietos, Westchester, Westdale, Western Heights, Westgate, Westlake, Westlake Village, Westminster, Westmont, Westridge Heights, Westside Village, Westwood, Westwood North Village, Westwood, Village, Whalers Cove, Whitley Heights, Whittier, Wholesale District, Willmore City, Willowbrook, Wilmington, Wilshire Center, Wilshire Highlands, Wilshire Park, Wilshire Vista, Windsor Square, Windsor Village, Winnetka, Woodbridge, Woodbury, Woodland Hills, Wrigley Heights, Wrigley North, Wrigley South...



                      Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the Westside (Westside Facebook page)



Y

Yorba Linda, Yucca Corridor...



Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography map of The County of Los Angeles


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