Memory Lane: Rocket Town!

Memory Lane: Rocket Town!In honor of the Navy’s 75th anniversary at China Lake, which will be observed with a gala celebration this November, we offer this nostalgic piece of history. The prospect of people needing housing and services brought Transcontinental Land & Water Co. to Ridgecrest in the late 1940s. The promise of a “miracle project” soon turned to dust. The problem was that financing was still not readily available, so until officials could convince federal housing authorities that the base was here to stay, most of the government workers had to scramble for assigned base housing. — Graphic courtesy of the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert

Story First Published: 2018-08-03