About Victorville

This section provides information about the City of Victorville. Following is a list of sections along with a brief description:

  • City History
    Learn how Victorville got its name, and how it has developed over time.
  • Climate
    Victorville is located in the high desert climate zone. Find out more about the high desert, and see current weather information for the city.
  • Demographics
    Learn more about the people who live in Victorville.
  • General Plan
    Here's where you can find the City of Victorville's General Plan.
  • Maps & Directions
    Find out more about Victorville's location and see an interactive map of the city with an optional satellite overlay.
  • Municipal Code
    The City's municipal code is now online in an easy to search format.
  • Zoning
    Here's where you can find zoning information for the City.

Quick Facts About Victorville

  • Incorporated: September 21, 1962
  • Elevation: 2,875 feet above sea level
  • Square Miles: 74.16
  • Population: 105,765 as of 5/31/09
  • Number of Employees: 474 full-time employees
  • Budget: $256,107,848 FY 2006/2007

Named After: Jacob Nash Victor - a railroad pioneer.
Victor's major accomplishment was bringing to reality the second transcontinental railroad in the United States, by giving the Santa Fe Route a Pacific coast terminal. His first job as General Manager of the California Southern Railway was reconstruction of 30 miles of washed-out track from Fallbrook to San Diego. He then engaged in subterfuge in 1883, and cut through the Southern Pacific tracks at Colton, thereby linking San Bernardino with the coast. In 1885, he drove the first engine through Cajon Pass, signaling linkage of San Bernardino and Barstow, and completion of the transcontinental route. On completion of the Cajon route, Victor made the prophetic statement, "No other railroad will ever have the nerve to build through these mountains. All who follow will prefer to rent trackage from us." This was said 17 years before the Salt Lake (now Union Pacific) line did just that.

In 1901, the U.S. Post Office changed the name of the town "Victor" to "Victorville", due to a conflict with another town already named "Victor", in Colorado.

City Motto: Victorville, "Key City" of the High Desert.

City Government: Victorville is a charter city governed by a five-member elected city council. Council meetings are open to the public and are held the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 pm.

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