Everyone Wants to Come to Victorville: Did you know…

By Nolan Patrick Smith

High Desert Daily

(Victorville) Victorville, California. That place on the way to Las Vegas, you know, before Barstow. These are typical statements that you hear when someone tries to explain Victorville to you, but did you know that there is a lot more behind the city than a pit stop on the way to Nevada?

For starters, in 1885, Victorville was known as simply Victor, according to the Victorville city website (http://ci.victorville.ca.us/). Named after Jacob Nash Victor, a Construction Superintendent for the California Southern Railroad. It was in 1901 that the United States Postal Service changed the name to Victorville to avoid confusion with Victor, Colorado. In 1962, the city of incorporated as a general law city with a population of 8,110. According to the U.S Census Bureau, the population for Victorville in 2010 clocked in at 115,903, a massive number for a small desert outpost.

Did you know Victorville is home to some business you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere in the golden state. Take, for instance, Freddy’s Steakburgers. The popular burger joint opened in 2011 and is the only Freddy’s in California.   Same with Edo Japan, which resides in the Mall of Victor Valley: the Teppan-style restaurant has been a mainstay in the ever-changing climate of the mall food court. Both these restaurants have only one location throughout the entire Northern and Southern California, and that is right in the heart of the High Desert, Victorville. The city is even tied to Orson Welles mind-blowing creation, Citizen Kane.

According to the PBS special “ The Battle Over Citizen Kane”, it is stated that drafts of Welles masterpiece were crafted right in the small town of Victorville. “We would drive up to Victorville, get part of the script and bring it back to Orson’s and back and forth,” explained William Alland, Assistant to Mr. Welles via the PBS transcript (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/kane2/kane2ts.html). It seems a writer had a bit of a drinking problem, so Welles sent his team to Victorville to work on the script away from the temptations of the drink.

These bits of information are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the rich history and advancements of the desert. Look for more positive history, news and information on our beloved community right here at High Desert Daily.

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