Museum of Art and History in Lancaster’s BLVD. Photo by Ed Simon for The Los Angeles Beat
Most Angelenos know that the southern border of Los Angeles County ends at the “Orange Curtain”. Many think that the northern border lies just past the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. Los Angeles County, however, is much more diverse then that. In fact, in the northeast section, Los Angeles County extends into the Mojave Desert, covering a vast expanse of scenic area. The jewel of this desert area is the city of Lancaster, now a thriving community that has both a heritage of ranching and aerospace as well as a present and future as a thriving artistic and creative community and a scenic travel destination.
The city of Lancaster and DestinationLancaster.org hosted an event for several journalists this past weekend to showcase some of the highlights of a 24 hour getaway to Lancaster. It was an interesting 24 hours and highlighted many of the reasons to make a weekend trip to this Los Angeles County outpost. The drive itself is relatively easy, usually taking I-5 to CA-14 for a smooth, under 2-hour trip from anywhere in Los Angles or Orange County. An alternative is MetroLink, whose Antelope Valley Line starts at Union Station and provides a fun and easy way to get to the Lancaster Station. Marriott’s TownePlace Suites in Lancaster provided comfortable accommodations for all the visiting journalists.
Mural by David Flores on side of MOAH. Photo by Ed Simon for The Los Angeles Beat
Art is a big deal in Lancaster’s thriving ‘BLVD’ downtown area. The ‘BLVD’ itself is Lancaster Blvd., whose central section has been turned into a popular area filled with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, theaters and even some interesting fun venues. One of the interesting things to do when you walk through this area is to stop at the Museum of Art and History (MOAH) and pick up a map detailing the Pow Wow murals. A walking tour of these murals through downtown is a fascinating look at urban art. The murals are a part of the Pow WowHawaii movement, which takes the idea of a Native American celebration about music, culture and art around the world. Many cities, including Lancaster, have incorporated it into some wonderful large murals that brighten the downtown buildings. The walking map, which covers 12 major murals in the area, gives an easy guide to the locations of each mural as well as the name of the artist who created it. Some are abstract, while others honor persons or events that shaped the area.
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