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Lancaster, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Where is Lancaster, Los Angeles, California, USA? 

Some historians state that the name ''Lancaster'' was bestowed upon the town by Mr. M.L. Wicks, a real estate developer who purchased six sections of land from the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1884 at a price of about $2.50 an acre. Prior to that date, in 1882, Mr. Wicks has started a Scottish settlement of about 150 persons in the Valley, presumably the town was a more permanent home for those people. The story goes on to say that he named the new city for his former home, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Another version of the way Lancaster received its name attributes the deed to Mr. Purnell, a member of the Southern Pacific Railroad staff whose duties included the naming of all stations. His reasons, unfortunately, must remain obscure because all records were destroyed by fire in 1906.

Regardless of the origin of the name, the area would not have been developed as it has without the influence of the Southern Pacific Railroad, which was completed between San Francisco and Los Angeles in 1876. Following the completion of the railroad and the establishment of a water stop because of the purity and accessibility, the Western Hotel, then known as the Gilwyn was built, and by 1890, Lancaster was quite prosperous...www.cityoflancasterca.org/ index.aspx? page=218


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Lancaster, Los Angeles, California, USA - Downtown (1950s)
Lancaster, Los Angeles, California, USA

Downtown (1950s)
Lancaster, Los Angeles, California, USA - The heart of Antelope Valley
Lancaster, Los Angeles, California, USA

The heart of Antelope Valley
Lancaster, Los Angeles, California, USA - Desert Inn Motor Hotel
Lancaster, Los Angeles, California, USA

Desert Inn Motor Hotel

"Located on Highway 6 just south of Lancaster in the heart of fast-growing Antelope Valley"

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1916
Lancaster, a post-village of Los Angeles co., Cal., on the Southern Pacific R., 75 miles N". of Los ...Read MORE...

News  1940 - 4 AIR OFFICERS, SCHOOL BOY DIE; TWELVE ESCAPE.
Lancaster, Cal., Dec. 7 - (I.P.) - The toll of a collision between a school bus and an army station ...Read MORE...


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Baron - Leferrier
flag  Doris BARON - LEFERRIER (, , New Hampshire, USA - 1998, Lancaster, Los Angeles, California, USA) gravestone

Blessing
 flag  Charles William BLESSING (27 May 1920, Shelton, Connecticut, USA (Huntington) - 18 April 2009, Lancaster, Los Angeles, California, USA)

Cenicola
flag  Alphonse CENICOLA (2 November 1911, , New Jersey, USA - 25 August 1987, Lancaster, Los Angeles, California, USA)

Thomas
flag  Joseph Aurele THOMAS (16 April 1919, Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada (Tracadie-Sheila) - 2 October 1964, Lancaster, Los Angeles, California, USA)

Tufts
flag  Clarence Sumner TUFTS (26 January 1859, Farmington, Iowa, USA - 25 January 1914, Lancaster, Los Angeles, California, USA) gravestone
 

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