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"A City of Progress"

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Adelanto is positioned right on the crest of a wave of growth that is crashing down on the High Desert of Southern California. Recent studies indicate that population in the region is expected to grow from 200,000 currently to over 500,000 by the year 2010. In fact, from 1980 to 1990, Adelanto's population grew almost 300%.

This dynamic growth pattern is due in part to the massive migration from the high-cost, densely-populated coastal regions. More importantly, however, the growth has been encouraged by a welcoming attitude on the part of Adelanto, accelerated fast-tracking of development projects, low fees, and reasonable land costs. People in southern California are tired of the pollution, crowds, and inadequate quality of life that exists in many of the more populated areas of the state. The High Desert region that Adelanto represents offers new opportunity, economic development and an affordable quality of life.

[ Pro-Business and Affordable Housing ]Geometric population growth patterns would gravely concern most town planners, city residents, and business people. In Adelanto, however, this phenomenon is not a problem, it is a welcomed opportunity. The entrepreneurial spirit that thrives in Adelanto has driven this flourishing community to aggressively prepare for the future rather that just react to it when it arrives. New businesses and economic developments are expanding all over Adelanto. Shopping centers, office developments, recreational opportunities, industrial parks, schools and even a new baseball stadium that hosts a California League Class A professional baseball team are all part of this exciting growth.

But it is important to keep in mind that all this development has not occurred indiscriminately. Adelanto has carefully orchestrated it's master plan with a keen eye focused on the overall objective of developing Adelanto into a city of the future that boasts 21st Century technological solutions for the problems facing our nation.

The City of Adelanto: An Overview

Adelanto. In Spanish, the word means "to go forward," or "to progress." Throughout its history, our city has demonstrated a strong commitment to live up to its name. Adelanto was founded in 1915 by E.H. Richardson, the inventor of what became the Hotpoint Electric Iron. He sold his patent and purchased land for $75,000. He had planned to develop one of the first master planned communities in Southern California. Richardson subdivided his land into one-acre plots, which he hoped to sell to veterans with respiratory ailments suffered during World War I. He also hoped to build a respiratory hospital. While Richardson never fully realized his dream, it was his planning that laid the foundation for what is currently the city of Adelanto.

Acre after acre of deciduous fruit trees once grew in the city. Famous throughout the state for fresh fruit and cider, the orchards thrived until the depression, when they were replaced by poultry ranches. As the wartime emergency developed early in 1941, the Victorville Army Air Field was established on land within the Adelanto sphere of influence. In September 1950, it was named George Air Force Base in honor of the late Brigadier General Harold H. George.

Adelanto continued as a "community services district" until 1970, when the city incorporated, and Adelanto became San Bernardino County's smallest city. The city became a charter city in November 1992. Major companies have brought a solid tax base to the city, and the population has grown approximately 50 percent over the past six years. The city limits encompass approximately 52 square miles. Its sphere of influence extends that figure to approximately 77 square miles. The city's population is approximately 15,000, but estimates from independent developers range as high as 17,000.

Elevation ranges from 2,894 to 3,100. Winter night temperatures reach as low as 15 degrees, and snow falls approximately twice each year. There are approximately 32 days in the year when the temperature is over 100 degrees.

Prevailing winds form the southwest prevent smog from hovering in the High Desert.

Business, Industry and Employment

Adelanto's pro-growth, pro-business philosophy makes the city an ideal location for business and industry.

[ Cabo Yachts of Adelanto, CA ]Thriving industrial parks offer site-ready parcels of land at a very competitive price. Additionally, the Redevelopment Agency will grant the client deferred payment and no-interest loans. With environmental impact reports already complete, manufacturers can look forward to moving in and starting operations in a fraction of the time required by other cities. Adelanto is home to several large trucking companies, providing manufacturers with competitive transportation services for shipping products. Additionally, Southern California International Airport is located just minutes from Adelanto's business centers, opening the doors for a wide variety of transportation options.

Since 1989, more than 80 companies have selected Adelanto as the premier Southern California location to do business. A wide variety of products, from luxury sport- fishing boats to balsa wood gliders, are currently manufactured in Adelanto. And the High Desert's rapidly-growing population provides employers with a qualified labor pool.

The city has issued 782 business licenses. In 1996, the city issued 151 residential building permits, and 30 commercial building permits.

Major Adelanto Employers

  • Roadway Express 700
  • Adelanto School District 500
  • Commercial Wood Products 209
  • Northwest Pipe 180
  • Cabo Yachts 150
  • Molded Fiberglass West 110
  • National Arnold Magnetics 110
  • Spedecut Abrasives 100
  • International Carbonic 45
  • Label House 38


Adelanto offers a wide variety of affordable housing options, making it an ideal location for families of all sizes.

Excellent schools and nearby shopping, entertainment and services enhance the city's attractiveness to those wishing to relocate to the clean, smog-free High Desert.

While employment opportunities in the High Desert continue to increase, Adelanto's proximity to the 1-15 freeway provides for an easy commute to the San Bernardino area. A Metrolink station located in San Bernardino opens the door for commuters wishing to travel to the Los Angeles area.


[ Maverick's Stadium ]

Adelanto is the proud home of the High Desert Mavericks Baseball Club, an affiliate of the Milwakee Brewers. During the spring and summer, Mavs fans of all ages can experience the excitement of professional baseball in a fun, community-oriented environment. The Mavericks won the California League Championship in 1991, 1993 and again in 1997. The stadium was completed in 1991, and is one of the most impressive facilities in minor league baseball.

Off-season, the stadium is used for events ranging from concerts to championship boxing tournaments. A 250-seat conference center is available for functions including meetings, luncheons and lectures. Overlooking the field, its expansive view makes it an ideal location for weddings and parties.

Adelanto is home to an annual motorcycle grand prix, sponsored by the Desert Vipers Motorcycle Club. The Adelanto Grand Prix is held on the first weekend in February each year. It is a two- day event covering city streets, existing desert trails and a man-made motocross course. The 17-year-old race attracts over 2,000 riders, and an estimated 20,000 spectators each year.

Richardson Park, a 17-acre recreational facility located next to City Hall, provides residents with tennis and basketball courts, a soccer field, baseball diamonds and childrens' play areas. Play areas are also located at Westside Park and Adelanto Elementary Schools, and at Howard Ley Park in north Adelanto. Mgrdichian Park offers residents of South Adelanto a 6.7 acre park for recreation.

For outdoor enthusiasts, snow and water skiing and fishing are located less than an hour's drive from Adelanto.

The Victor Valley Museum provides insight into the valley's colorful past, as well as displays of the desert's unusual flora and fauna. The Roy Rogers - Dale Evans Museum gives visitors a glimpse into the lives of the Victor Valley's most famous residents. Both museums are located within minutes of Adelanto.

Calico Ghost Town is a restored old-west mining town offering visitors a glimpse into that colorful era. Calico is located within an hour's drive from Adelanto.

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