Phelan California – Information and History
(Best Syndication) Phelan CA – The unincorporated San Bernardino County town of Phelan is located about 40 miles north east (as the crow flies) from Los Angles and about 120 miles south west from Las Vegas (See Map Below). The closest major city is Victorville California, with a population of 65,000 which sits adjacent to Phelan. The city of Palmdale, with a population of 117,000, is located about 30 miles to the east.
Phelan is located in the high desert at the western edge of the Mojave. The town has a population of about 8,000 people at an elevation of 4,112 feet. The southern boundary of Phelan is the unincorporated area of Pinon Hills, while Adelanto, Hesperia, Victorville, Oakhills and El Mirage enclose the rest of the locale.
The communities of Phelan and Pinon Hills created a Community Service District on March 19th 2008 after approval of Measure I on February 5th ballot (See Video Below). The district acts as a governing body over the water agency, street lights and the parks and recreation. The board consists of 5 members, with two elected to 2-year terms and three elected to 4-year terms.
The town center is on the corner of Sheep Creek and Phelan Roads. This is where the Stater Bros grocery store, AutoZone auto parts store, True Value hardware store, and RiteAid drug stores are located. There is a McDonalds, Burger King, Straw Hat Pizza, and Der Wienerschnitzel in Phelan.
There are a couple video stores, a RadioShack, and a UPS Store near the center of town. The town includes several doctors’ offices, a dentist, optometrist, and a couple veterinary clinics. There are several churches including a Catholic church, a Church of Later Day Saints (Mormons), and several other Christian denominations.
Both Phelan and Pinon Hills have an established plan to keep their rural lifestyle. This includes residential parcels of 2.5 acres. Variants of that parcel size requires and application for a zoning change and approval by the county supervisors.
The Snowline School District has several schools in Phelan including Piñon Mesa Middle School, Serrano High School (named after the Serrano Indians), Quail Valley Middle School, Baldy Mesa Elementary, and Phelan Elementary.
The Serrano Indians were indigenous to the high desert and mountain areas of southern California. The Great Pathfinder, Charles Fremont, crossed the Tehachapi Mountains into the high desert. He made note of the harsh environment and the lack of water in 1844. The area now has more than 14 wells pumping water to the community.
The Mormon Trail passed through Phelan and down the West Cajon Valley and down into San Bernardino. Phelan is named after Senator James Duval Phelan (April 20, 1861 San Francisco, California - August 7, 1930) Phelan was an American politician and banker. The ZIP Codes are 92371 and 92329 and the community is inside the 760 area code.
By Dan Wilson
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Phelan Pinon Hills CSD