Pearblossom, California

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Pearblossom
Unincorporated community
Location within Los Angeles county
Location within Los Angeles county
Pearblossom is located in California
Pearblossom
Pearblossom
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 34°30′23″N 117°54′32″W / 34.50639°N 117.90889°W / 34.50639; -117.90889Coordinates: 34°30′23″N 117°54′32″W / 34.50639°N 117.90889°W / 34.50639; -117.90889
Country  United States of America
State  California
County Los Angeles
Elevation 3,150 ft (960 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 93553
Area code(s) 661

Pearblossom local /ˈpɛərblɒsəm/ is an unincorporated community located in Los Angeles County, California. The town has a population of 2,435. The ZIP Code is 93553 and the community is inside area code 661. According to the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance report[1] of 2009 the Palmdale / Lancaster, CA Urbanized Area (a US Census Bureau defined term) has a population of 483,998, which Pearblossom is a part of.

Geography[edit]

Pearblossom is located about 15 miles (24 km) Southeast of Palmdale in the Antelope Valley portion of Southern California.

About Pearblossom[edit]

The name Pearblossom came from the multitude of local pear farms along the southern ridge of the Antelope Valley. A few still exist today, but most of those farms are now abandoned and have returned to the desert landscape or have been overridden by small-scale housing development.

Pearblossom is also a popular destination, for its annual Duck Races; convenient location for hiking in the foothills; and picturesque photo opportunities.

Pearblossom is well known by Southlanders as the home of one of the most dangerous roads in the US. State Route 138 (Pearblossom Highway) is the main street in Pearblossom and as of 2004 has been the location of numerous serious and fatal automobile accidents in its Palmdale to I-15 segment. It is known locally as Deathtrap Highway and, "The Widowmaker." The road is only single lane each direction for most of this segment's length, and the volumes of traffic that use it are far beyond what it was engineered to handle. The chief reason for accidents according to CHP data is passing the double yellow line in unsafe conditions. Overuse of Pearblossom Highway is chiefly on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays, the time period many use the route to travel to Las Vegas. This section of 138's route is commonly used as a bypass of the Los Angeles Metropolitan region, and as a route from the Antelope Valley to the Inland Empire.

Pearblossom in the arts[edit]

Pearblossom (in name only at present) is found in the following creative works:

Pearblossom Highway (1986) was actually photographed in the Littlerock rural vicinity; it, like Huxley's The Crows of Pearblossom, is not about Pearblossom proper.

Western actor Bob Faust (Louis R. Faust, aka Louis Faust) died in his rental on Hwy 138 in Pearblossom, CA; his seven movies followed his purple-heart exit from the U.S. Navy. He acted with John Wayne in Angel and the Badman. His son (deceased, also died in Pearblossom, CA) named after him owned a 5-acre (20,000 m2) plot in Pearblossom gained partly from a split inheritance from the actor.[2]

Highway 138 or Pearblossom Highway was very much improved, and is four lanes, and dips taken out of the highway in many of the most dangerous areas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance
  2. ^ Los Angeles County death certificate and property tax assessor records are resources for these facts.

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