Landers, California

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Landers
Unincorporated community
The Integratron in Landers.
The Integratron in Landers.
Landers is located in California
Landers
Landers
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 34°15′58″N 116°23′32″W / 34.26611°N 116.39222°W / 34.26611; -116.39222Coordinates: 34°15′58″N 116°23′32″W / 34.26611°N 116.39222°W / 34.26611; -116.39222
Country United States
State California
County San Bernardino
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,600
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 92285
Area code(s) 760

Landers is an unincorporated community in the Mojave Desert, in San Bernardino County, Southern California.[1] Landers population, as of 2012, is 2,606 people.[2]

Geography[edit]

Landers lies in the Homestead Valley of the southeastern Mojave Desert. The town's elevation is 3,100 feet (940 m) above sea level.

Landers, 14 miles (23 km) north of Yucca Valley, is bordered by the City of Joshua Tree to its southeast, Johnson Valley, California to its north, and Pioneertown to its southwest. California State Route 247, named "Old Woman Springs Road" in the area, passes through Landers from Yucca Valley en route north to Barstow.

Evening twilight in the Mojave Desert, Landers.
A Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) silhouetted in the local desert.
Winter sunrise in Landers.

Giant Rock[edit]

Adjacent to Landers on the north is Giant Rock, covering 5800 sq. ft. and 7 stories high. [http://www.lucernevalley.net/giantrock/ It is thought to be the largest free standing boulder in the world.[3] It was sacred to the Californian Indians in the region, where the north and south tribes met annually.[4]

From the 1950s through the 1970s, it was a popular gathering point for annual Spacecraft Conventions of UFO enthusiasts.[4]

History[edit]

Landers Earthquake

The area was also the epicenter of the 1992 Landers earthquake, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake on June 28, 1992.[5] It caused considerable structural damage to the surrounding area, and one death, of a three-year-old child.

A news image frequently shown was the north wall completely collapsed at the Yucca Lanes Bowling Center. It was later determined that the wall was a temporary one, designed for easy removal in future expansions.

Buildings[edit]

The U.S. Landers Post Office is located at Landers Lane and Reche Road, serving Zip Code 92285.[6] A Loyal Order of Moose Lodge, convenience store, realty office, chamber of commerce, elementary school, and community center are also located in the mostly residential community. The Landers Airport has a short runway, adequate for single engine aircraft.[7]

Airstream Motel

Kate's Lazy Desert Airstream Motel is an unusual 'motel camp' in Landers, composed of six vintage Airstream trailers restored by artists Maberry + Walker.[8][9] The resort was created by Kate Pierson of the B-52's.[10]

Integratron[edit]

Author, inventor, and UFO advocate George Van Tassel (1910-1978) built the Integratron structure in the Giant Rock area from 1957 to 1977. The Integratron dome is built using a unique design of wood construction with 16 glued and laminated spines held together at its apex by one ton of concrete.[4] It is 38 feet (12 m) high and 50 feet (15 m) in diameter.[3]

The compound is now open to the public as a study, performance, and retreat center for organized programs regarding neuroacoustics, music, meditation, energy healing, architecture, alternative health, science, and spirituality.[11]

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