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A few Historical Facts...
  • Victorville was incorporated on September 21, 1962, as a general law city with a population of approximately 8,110 and an area of 9.7 square miles.
  • Prior to incorporation the community had a history which goes back over 100 years, when the first settlers of European descent arrived.
  • In about 1885, the community was known as Victor. It was named after Jacob Nash Victor, a construction superintendent for the California Southern Railroad (Santa Fe Railroad).
  • The town was established as a result of the original railroad station constructed approximately one mile northwest of the narrows of the Mojave River. 
  • In 1901, the community's name was changed by the United States Post Office from "Victor" to "Victorville" due to the confusion associated with the community of Victor, Colorado.
  • In 1926, U.S. Route 66 was established, which was one of the main arteries of the National Highway System linking Chicago, Illinois, with California. Seventh Street and "D" Street were a part of this national highway.

Route 66 Sign in Old Town Victorville