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
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19900 Highway 18, Apple Valley CA 92307, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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
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
Museum (now Gold Strike Lanes), was renamed Happy Trails Highway in 1994, in recognition of the contributions Roy and 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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 561 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.