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Apple Valley in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Family Home of B.J. Westlund, then Roy Rogers

 
 
Family Home of B.J. Westlund, then Roy Rogers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 19, 2012
1. Family Home of B.J. Westlund, then Roy Rogers Marker
Inscription.
Historical Point of Interest
Family Home of
B.J. Westlund, then
Roy Rogers
Town of Apple Valley

 
Erected 1988 by the Town of Apple Valley.
 
Location. 34° 31.904′ N, 117° 13.789′ W. Marker is in Apple Valley, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is at the intersection of Outer Highway 18N and Symeron Road, on the right when traveling north on Outer Highway 18N. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19900 Highway 18, Apple Valley CA 92307, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mormon Springs (approx. 3.6 miles away); Old Town Victorville Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); Emma Jean's (approx. 5.2 miles away); Lane's Crossing (approx. 6.7 miles away); Mojave River Crossing (approx. 6.7 miles away).
 
Regarding Family Home of B.J. Westlund, then Roy Rogers.
From the Apple Valley Historical Advisory Committee:

Along outer Highway 18 in Apple Valley sits an old adobe home which has a history as diverse as the desert landscape view from the back yard. Built in 1949, the original four bedrooms
Family Home of B.J. Westlund, then Roy Rogers image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 19, 2012
2. Family Home of B.J. Westlund, then Roy Rogers
and two baths were first occupied by Bud Westlund, co-founder of Apple Valley and partner of Newt Bass. It was a beautiful home, large for its time, with beamed ceilings and custom rock roof. Newly revised covenant restrictions kept the surrounding Joshua trees in place.

In the olden days, the Westlund home was an Apple Valley landmark. From Victorville, visitors were told to “travel quite a ways across the narrows bridge until you come to the adobe home on the left side—that’s where
Apple Valley begins.”

During the early 1960s extensive renovation was completed, turning the home into an estate property. A master suite, bath and dressing rooms were added. A floor-toceiling aviary was built in the hall going to the master bedroom, which also contained a grand piano. The original garage became a den.

Planning to buy a home in Palm Springs, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans visited Apple Valley on Newt’s invitation. They purchased the Westlund home in 1965 and lived there until 1980. They added a large garage for limos, a workshop, stables, corrals and a practice ring for horsemanship on the outlying property.

Highway 18, as the location for the Rogers’ home, Roy Rogers Inn (Apple Valley Inn) and the Roy Rogers
Museum (now Gold Strike Lanes), was renamed Happy Trails Highway in 1994, in recognition of the contributions Roy and
Roy Rogers Jeep at family home. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 19, 2012
3. Roy Rogers Jeep at family home.
Dale have made to Apple Valley.

Memories of Roy and Dale linger. Fans can see the storage rooms where Dale hung her costumes, the wagon wheel and tack Roy placed in the front yard, and Roy’s central sound system with instructions in his handwriting.

The current owner bought the home in 1990 and has kept the traditional antique and western décor. The owner has also purchased items from sales of the famous couples’ belongings, including costumes, furniture and other memorabilia, bringing history back home to roost. This home is an important part of Apple Valley’s heritage.
 
Also see . . .  Roy Rogers Biography. (Submitted on February 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Family Home & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 19, 2012
4. Family Home & Marker
Roy Rogers in The Carson City Kid, 1940 image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
5. Roy Rogers in The Carson City Kid, 1940
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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