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City of Lucerne Valley
Population : 5,251 (2000)
Median Income: $ 27,917 (2000)
Elevation : 2,953 feet
City's Area: 500.7 Square Miles
Water Area: 4.63 Square Miles
Highest: 99-63 *F
Lowest: 59-27 *F
John Wayne Airport: 106 Mi.
LAX Airport : 126 Mi.
Ontario Airport : 68.8 Mi.
Lucerne Valley is a small unincorporated community located in the Mojave Desert of western San Bernardino County, California. It lies east of the Victor Valley, whose population nexus includes Victorville, Apple Valley, and Hesperia.
Lucerne Valley is located 19 miles east of Apple Valley and 20 miles downhill north of Big Bear in the southern reaches of the Mojave Desert. It is surrounded by several mountain ranges which include the Granite mountain range, the Ord mountain range, and the San Bernardino mountain range. The heart of Lucerne Valley is located on the crossroads of State Route 247 (Old Woman Springs Road / Barstow Road) and State Route 18. Yucca Valley lies 45 miles east via Route 247/Old Woman Springs Road.
In San Bernardino County, Lucerne Valley's area is also identified as County Service Area 29.
Lucerne Valley was known to local Piute, Chemehuevi, and Serrano Tribes as "Chimney Rock", which is a California Historical Site of Interest; On February 1, 1867, Chimney Rock was the last major battle between California settlers and Native Americans. A monument marker is present on the western edge of Highway 18 at the western entrance to the village.
Lucerne Valley was settled and named in 1897 by James Goulding and his family, who found the desert valley to be an excellent place to raise alfalfa, also known as lucerne. The closest water source at the time was Cushenbury Springs (currently a cement plant in the southeast of the area) which used to feed out by alluvial drainage after winter from the San Bernardino Mountains. The waterflow for the entire valley is fed this way through underground Artesian wells.
The Town Library and School was at Goulding's Box-S Ranch until they were damaged in town fires and deemed unsafe after reconstruction. The Library moved a number of times, including the current day locations of the China House restaurant, Police Station, Shopping Center, and finally at its location in town next to Pioneer Park in 1988 followed by its expansion almost 10 years later. The Midway School was built in 1920, then rebuilt after a fire in the 1950s. Midway Schoolhouse is still present at the end of Midway Road, but is closed and operating as a community park. The school buildings for the present-day Elementary School began in 1951, with a Middle School built in 1986 (Currently the District Office building on Aliento Road), and High School completed in 1996 (which is now the Jr./Sr. High School serving grades 6-12).
Today, Lucerne Valley is an agricultural/mining-based community, with Mitsubishi Cement, Specialty Minerals (formerly Pfizer), and OMYA (formerly Pluess-Staufer) as its major contractors digging into the North Face of the San Bernardino Mountain Range. Lucerne Valley also has a state-sponsored water reclamation project, where treated wastewater from Big Bear and Holcomb Valley is transported via pipeline and used to irrigate alfalfa farms on the eastern edge of the valley. Local Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation areas designated by the Bureau of Land Management allow recreational travelers and desert racing enthusiasts access to Western Johnson Valley, with Lucerne Valley being a resource to out-of-town participants with supplies, lodging and food.
Lucerne Valley is nicknamed by residents the "Crossroads of the High Desert", since through it one can reach Apple and Victor Valley to the West, Barstow and Daggett to the North, Big Bear and surrounding mountain resorts to the South, and the Eastern half of the High Desert region including Yucca and Morongo Valley, all in less than an hour in clear conditions. One of the roads east of the village limits, Meridian Road, is the geographical "Median" of San Bernardino County dividing the area of the county into west and east.
While the town still has few utilities available for residents, the town is still possible for consideration in the future for development since most of the valley remains untouched. A prior development called "Rancho Lucerne" began grading and development north of the High School location before controversy with the financier caused the project to shut down. Other development projects are meeting with mixed reactions from residents and state/county officials, including possible Solar Power Plants as well as Water Drilling proposals and Energy Corridors for the Los Angeles' centric Department of Water and Power.
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