Lancaster, California has a population of 145,875. Lancaster is part of California’s Mojave Desert area, and is bounded on the north by Rosamond and Edwards Air Force Base; on the south by Palmdale and Desert View Highlands; on the west by the Los Padres National Forest, Quartz Hill, and Frazier Park; and on the east by Antelope Center, Lake Los Angeles, and Littlerock. Lancaster is the civic heart of the Antelope Valley. Like many cities in Los Angeles County, the aerospace industry played a major role in Lancaster’s development. The legacy of this industry is obvious on a map of Lancaster. To the northeast of central Lancaster is Edwards Air Force Base, once known as Muroc Army Air Field, which included the Dryden Flight Research Center. Two airports are also located in or around Lancaster, General William J. Fox Airfield and Palmdale Regional U.S. Air Force Plant 42, the latter being the birthplace of a number of secret military aerospace design projects. With cheap housing and well-paying jobs in the aerospace industry, Lancaster became a draw for people who had grown tired of the crowds and traffic of Los Angeles, which had begun to make their presence known in the San Fernando Valley as well. This flight further fed the growth of Lancaster and neighboring Palmdale.
One of the treasures of the Antelope Valley – and indeed of the state of California – lies within the western region of Lancaster: The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. The state of California has set aside this land and protected it from development. The Reserve is famed around the world for its seasonal native wildflower blooms, in particular during the late winter and early spring months when the eponymous California poppy, which is also the state flower, paints the landscape a vivid, electric orange for a brief period of time. There are other wildflowers in bloom during this and other seasons, so a visit to the Reserve any time of year is warranted. Visitors should note that the park service does not interfere with the wild nature of the Reserve, in that it does not water, fertilize, control pests, or in any way encourage or manage the growth of the flowers, so it is up to nature to decide what someone who makes a trip to the Reserve will ultimately see.
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