This a beautifully done Library, that boast a lot of Lancasters pride in improving the community. As much as I do miss the old library (I spent much of my youth there, believe it or not) the new one is fabulous. Located downtown on the Historical Lancaster Blvd just across the street from the Western Hotel, Old Post Office, Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Boeing Park Plaza, and Aerospace Walk of Honor!
Hours Monday - Wednesday 10-8
Thursday - Friday 10-5
601 West Lancaster Boulevard
Lancaster, CA 93534
Ok, there are 3 Cinemark Theatres in Lancaster and 2 in Palmdale.
This one is on Ave I. It is "HUGE"! It just off the 14 Freeway and has lots of parking and has wonderful theatres with comfortable seating. I love the design of the building because it is done in the "Deco Mod" It has "22" screens for your enjoyment and entertainment.
Adult Evening $7.25
Adult Fri/Sat after 6pm $7.75
Adult Matinee before 6pm $5.00
First Matinee Showtime Mon thru Fri $4.00
2600 W. Ave. I
Lancaster, CA 93534
This may not seem much, but this wonderful historical building is still serving our community as the Postal Service. It is right next door to the Historical Western Hotel and across from the Library. It just rings charm to me and if you venture inside you will see a wonderful old orginial mural of the "Borax Twenty Mule Team" on the wall. Tells you how all these little desert towns are inter-linked and rich in history.
567 Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, Ca
Twenty Mule Team Mural in lobby
UPDATE - The Capsule has been moved to Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, Ca. It has been a wonderful fixture for over 35 years. The park will so empty without it! :-(
This park is dedicated to the Apollo XI space flight July 29, 1969 and each one of the lakes is named after astronauts Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin. This park area uses renovated waste water for recreational purposes.
Located at Northbound California 14/Antelope Valley Freeway and Westbound California 138 approaches Exit 46, 4555 Avenue G next to General William J. Fox Airport. This park is stocked every two weeks with trout. They have Annual Fishing Tournaments (Youth/Adults) that attracts many locals to the lake.
It has many open and covered picnic tables and barbeque areas. Has a very wide path for walking/biking that encompasses the whole park. Loads of wonderful ducks that make this their summer and winter home. Just beware of what they leave behind, the hazards of the area....LOL! There is also a couple of play areas for the little ones. There are many restrooms areas located at each of the lakes. It's a great place for family to spend the day!
This has been a very favorite backdrop for many TV commercials and movies. Some of you may recognize these. It is located out on 150th St East between Ave J and Ave M. Have you ever noticed the Joshua trees in the background of many movies when the lead character is driving away to no mans land. Can't guess where they film those huh?
A recent commercial of American Choppers was filmed at this location and the street makes a perfect backdrop of a lonely desert road into the sunset.
Believe it or not, but this once little eastside store was very popular due to the little communities outside of the base. It was a backdrop of the movie Terminator II Judgement Day when they stopped by a local mini market. Also, remember the first movie when Sarah was supposely driving into a Mexican desert, well that was done in this area too. The desert landscapes around here are the movies most popular backdrops for so many commercials and movies. This little building is located on 140th St East and Ave E.
46551 140th St E, Lancaster, CA 93535
Terminator Filming Locations
This is a pretty cool building, which by the way was an actual working community market till about 2 years ago. Ever since I can remember it has been the backdrop for so many commmericals and movies. It has had its appearance changed so many times so this is what it looks like now. Pretty cool to see. Every time we pass through here, they signs change...lol. Black Moon Rising with Tommy Lee and Linda Hamilton was filmed some here and many more different commericals.
Located on the corner of Ave E and 90 St. East. You can exit either way off of Highway 14 to see it.
Since the 1950's this has been one of the local hangouts for aviators, alfalfa farmers, and just local residents. It was called "The Old Timers Retreat", for 43 years. Now called, "Riding on a Wing & A Prayer Bar & Grill", it carries on the proud tradition as a roadhouse-cafe-air museum. Come in, sit down, and enjoy the food and check out all the real cool photographs. Also see the Pilot Wall with all the aviator signatures. Located outside of town about 8 miles on Ave J & 90 St. East.
If you travel the highways in California, you will see a beautiful Orange Hue... that is the state flower, the Poppy... shining like the Golden State itself. No where else in California is there as dense a patch of poppies as the Reserve in Lancaster.
The reserve is located on a former Pronghorn pasture, but now is a protected area in which Poppies can grow old gracefully!
Come see these March through May!
The original Lancaster Library was established by the Los Angeles County Free Public Library in October 1912 in the Antelope Valley Union High School which was located on the southwest corner of Tenth Street (now Lancaster Boulevard) and Cedar Avenue. Subsequently, the Lancaster Library occupied space in a local drugstore, the Chamber of Commerce, and the County Justice Court. In 1950, the Library moved to Fig Avenue and provided library services from this site for the next fourteen years. The expanded Lancaster Library opened on West Avenue J in 1964. Due to rapid population growth throughout the Antelope Valley, a new library was built in 1995-1996 on Lancaster Boulevard in the Lancaster Old Town Site to provide library services to the residents of Lancaster and the surrounding communities.
(Information courtesy of LA County Libraries)
Home of the local Cedar Performing Arts Academy, this building has been a permanent fixture for the Lancaster Community since 1938. It consist of 5 buildings, which are the County Memorial Hall/Courthouse/Library, Sheriff Substation, Health Center Office, Jail, and Sheriff Garage. The previous County Memorial Hall/Courthouse/Library that had been built in 1923 burned down. So a much larger building was constructed for continuing service to the community. This was the main center of social activities for 1938 to the 1950. Yet, as a kid I can still remember the many local dances and meetings that have taken place here. They still rented out this building for local activities. What is so neat about the building is the Art Deco Modern architecture outside and inside that is so charming. Listed on the Register of Historical Places for Los Angeles County - #93001017
Located on Lancaster Blvd and 44851 Cedar Avenue.
Here is another historical building named for Lancaster pioneer Benjamin Franklin Carter that was commissioned by his daughter Bertha Cameron. It's original purpose was to house Estelle's Cottage Grocery on one side and on the other the local Antelope Valley Ledger Gazette and two apartment upstairs. Since 1922 it has been occupied since then with some sort of business. Now it has this Thai Restaurant. I can remember when it had a restaurant that specialized in Hot Dogs for many many years. The structure to the left of the building was added in 1948 to the expanding AV Ledger Gazette till the paper had to move in 1953. I use to admire it when I walked by it when I walked to school.
Located on 44753-44759 Sierra Highway right across from street of the Metro Link Station
15 miles north of Lancaster, CA in the high desert are rolling hills that in the spring, burst forth with a golden hue brought about by the rains of winter. The view is of the California Poppy. You can visit this area from March to May and now they have a newly built poppy center for information and gift shop on site.
Many walking trails, over seven miles) are within the reserve, that allow you to see the many varieties of desert wildflowers with the California State Flower, the golden poppy taking center stage. See my California Poppy Reserve travelogue with more pictures of the reserve.
Every state in the United States has a state flower. California had many flowers to choose among, but only one said California so clearly. The California State Flower, the golden poppy, with the botanical name given to it , Eschscholtzia Californica, by Adelbert Von Chamisso, a naturalist, in 1816. It became the state flower in 1903, and April 6th is California Poppy Day. Lancaster has one of the most prolific golden poppy fields in the State.
Punchbowl Fault to the South, Pinyon Fault and San Andreas Fault to the North and in the center of these earthquake faults is the Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area. What a way to describe this earthquake zone, the Devil, you say. Oh yeah, and it's face is emblazoned upon the rock formation. Still, it is a great area for hiking and getting a view of what happens when Mother Nature gets angry. The rock formations are proof enough.
Of course the beauty of the area also shines in the drive through the Antelope Valley desert floor and up through Joshua Trees and California Junipers to the Pinyon, Cottonwoods and Pines at the 4,700 foot elevation of Devil's Punchbowl. Many types of shrubs, cacti, and bushes dot the landscape. There are several trails to take to enjoy this high desert area. Just make sure to bring along bottled water to this part of the desert. The air can dry out your throat and the water will be very handy to have.