Situated on the western edge of the Mojave Desert at the base of the Sierra Madre, California City is a quiet place to relax and enjoy the sunset.
But, stay a little longer or venture from the city, and you’ll soon be confronted by California City’s unique past. As the third-largest city by area in the state, behind Los Angeles and San Diego, California City has a population of about 15,000 in a concentrated edge of the community. If you look at a map or satellite imaging of the region, you’ll see a sprawling network of named streets that curl into cul-de-sacs and open space ripe for development.
Only, that development never happened.
In the 1960s, a real estate developer dreamed of a city to rival Las Vegas deep in the undeveloped Mojave Desert of California. The land was purchased and a series of ads were shown in larger metropolis centers across the state. But California City never took root. The land was sold to a mining company and, beyond a massive 2,305-bed correction centre and an automotive testing center, remains largely untouched today.
As more people are drawn to the quiet life California City offers its growing population, the dream of a desert city may still become a reality.
When you hire a private aircraft to soar into a jet charter airport in California City, you’ll arrive at the California City Municipal Airport. This small airport can accommodate a wide range of private aircraft and private aviation travelers.