Antelope Valley in Southern California

The Antelope Valley

 — North of Los Angeles, South of Bakersfield —

A Unique Area of its Own

The greater Antelope Valley is located about 65 miles northeast of Los Angeles within the southwest portion of the Mojave Desert. The Antelope Valley received its name from the antelope that roamed across the area until the “last one” vanished during the late 1930s/early 1940s.

Like many towns in southern California, Lancaster was literally “born” when the Southern Pacific Railroad came through the region during the summer of 1876.  A few years later old Palmenthal was developed which soon became Palmdale.  After the railroad came through the Antelope Valley, settlements took root and we start to see Jewish pioneers living in the area.

Antelope Valley Exhibits are listed below this old Pioneer Map of the area.

Antelope Valley Map of Pioneer Colonies

Antelope Valley Map of Pioneer Colonies


Herman M. Jacobs, Early Jewish Pioneer Merchant of Tehachapi


Leo Harris, Early Jewish Pioneer Merchant of the Antelope Valley of California