City History

Hesperia's Past

The City’s history stretches far beyond its 1988 incorporation. Hesperia’s past is rich with the history of the Mojave Indian Tribe, Spanish settlers and the westward travelers of the Mormon Trail.

The first major turning point in present day Hesperia occurred in 1885, when the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad tracks were completed. This resulted in Hesperia’s first industry, providing juniper wood to bakers in Los Angeles by way of train. Juniper is a very hard wood that was used as fuel for kilns up until the early 1900s, when oil became the principal fuel for bakers. That change in technology did not slow Hesperia’s progress.

The 1900s were a booming time with the increased popularity of automobiles and Route 66. The City served as the last stopping point before travelers made the treacherous trip down the Cajon Pass.

Hesperia Today

Hesperia has become known, not only for affordable housing, but also for the pleasant desert climate, clean air, beautiful scenery and sunsets and hometown essence that Hesperia has to offer.

A variety of housing opportunities are available including:
  • Custom-built villas overlooking Hesperia Lakes
  • Modern, amenity-rich subdivisions
  • Large-lot residential zoning (enjoy a rural lifestyle with the benefits of City services)
Our wonderful City is just minutes from the Cajon Pass, providing a minimal commute time to the nearby Ontario, San Bernardino and Riverside areas.

Hesperia's growing population has prompted an increase in business growth throughout the City, including the High Desert Gateway Retail Center shops at Topaz and Topaz Marketplace.

The Hesperia City Council and staff are dedicated to working with the community to develop and strengthen civic pride and community outreach.