Where in the world is the Antelope Valley?
    First, no, we don't have any antelope. Nobody really knows where the name came from.

    The Antelope Valley is a semi-rural community in the High Desert of Southern California. Located
    in the western Mojave Desert, it includes the cities of Lancaster, Palmdale, Rosamond, Tehachapi,
    and Mojave. Inhabited by various peoples for thousands of years, the Valley was a trade route for
    Native Americans traveling from Arizona and New Mexico to the Pacific Ocean.

    The first recorded wave of non-native exploration took place around the same time as the
    American Revolution, and the first permanent settlements appeared in the 1850’s, fueled by
    California's Gold Rush and a new status as an American territory. The 19th century saw the
    appearance of cattle ranching, the Butterfield stagecoach, the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco
telegraph line, the Southern Pacific Railroad, and abundant rainfall which supported a vibrant agrarian economy.  A long
drought (the worst in the area's recorded history) forced many to abandon their homesteads, but after the turn of the
twentieth century new farms appeared with the advent of innovative irrigation methods. The 1913 completion of the
California Aqueduct (spanning 233 miles between the Owens Valley and Los Angeles) also helped the local economy.

Many celebrities, past and present, have called the area home.  Actress Judy Garland (then
known as Frances Gumm) showcased her dancing skills at a local theater.  Rocker Frank
Zappa graduated from Antelope Valley High School.  Actress Tippi Hedren established a
wildlife sanctuary in the area.  Author Aldous Huxley (
Brave New World) relished the
solitude of his home in nearly Llano.  Olympic runner Marion Jones and actor John Wayne
lived here as well.

The area has a rich heritage with the aerospace industry, as several major manufacturers have facilities here (Boeing,
Northrop, British Aerospace, and the Lockheed Skunk Works). The space shuttles were assembled here, and (in case of
inclement weather in Florida) occasionally landed here. Edwards Air Force Base is nearby, the site of Chuck Yeager’s
historic flight where he broke the sound barrier in a Bell X-1, in 1947.  The 2004 Tom Hanks movie,
The Terminal, was
produced here at Palmdale Regional Airport.
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October 10 - 12, 2013     Lake Hughes, CA