Victorville is located in Southern California within the highest levels of Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It is the leading city associated with industry and retail in the highest desert regions. On September 21, 1962, Victorville was incorporated as a law city. During this period, the city had a population of approximately 8110, with a land area of 9.7 square miles. Since then, the city has developed to a current population of 125,000 and a land mass of 74.16 square miles. Additionally, Victorville city history dates back more than 100 years with first settlers as European descent. Today, Victorville is comprised of a vibrant community with the largest population of employers. The residents enjoy abundant mountain Vistas, clean air, spectacular sunsets, recreational activities’ and breathtaking night skies. The city attracts tourists who enjoy visiting the National Parks, SoCal beaches and other major attractions for retreats.
The early years in the development of Victorville city was between 1885 and 1889. In 1885, the city was known as Victor, named after Jacob Nash Victor. Jacob was a construction superintendent who was based in California Southern Railroad. The city was named after him because he was part of the team that established the original railroad station that was approximately one-mile northwest within the narrows of Mojave River. It is during this time that the plan of Victor town was prepared and created from a grid pattern of the original town. The original subdivision of the town included property incorporation from the G Street and First Street eleventh street. The area encompassed an approximate of 200 acres or one-third square mile, with an abundance of water and rich bottom lands which led to agricultural development in the area, after the establishment of the railroad depot.
Later on, large deposits of limestone and granite were discovered at Victor town, creating opportunities for cement manufacturing industry development in the area. The cement industry was the single most important industry within Victor valley that promoted the development and rise of the city. Victorville, development department is responsible for the private development of the city. The department ensures that land use and building of structures is done after licensing and receiving permits from the government to prevent the development of unstructured developments within Victorville city.
The new century between 1900 and 1930, Victor city was changed to Victorville by the United States Post Office. Later on, in 1926, United States Route 66 was established as one of the main arteries of the National Highway system that linked Chicago and California. The portion of the famous highway provided a transportation corridor through Victorville and the development of interstate 15, linking Seventh Street and D Street within the highway.
Victorville developed more during World War II in 1942, accelerated by the construction of Victorville Army Airfield that was later renamed as George Air Force Base. The air base was completed in 1943 and became a fully activated base that supported tactical fighter wings of the tactical air command in Victorville.