Historic California Posts, Camps,
Stations and Airfields
Palmdale Army Air Field Cantonment
US Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles
District History (1994)
The Palmdale AAF Cantonment Area consisting
of 80 acres was leased under lease No. W-04-193-ENO-2930 on 12
August 1942 by the U.S. Army Air Force from the Palmdale Irrigation
The Cantonment area was used as an airfield
support center for Palmdale Army Air
Field. Improvements included officers quarters, mess halls,
barracks, latrines, administration supply, utility shop. dispensary,
15 schools, service club, chapel, supply buildmg, fire station,
chlorinator house, garage with repair shop and tennis court.
An underground diesel fuel tank and a water cistern were installed
at the site between 1942 and 1946 by the U.S. Army Air Force.
The Cantonment Area was deleted from the Palmdale Army Airfield
on 20 November 1945. On 7 January 1946 custody of the area was
passed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. However, on 2 April
1946 the Cantonment Area was transferred to the War Assets Administration.
The southern 40 acres were purchased by fee by me Palmdale Water
District on 6 May 1957. Approximately 30 acres was retained by
the Palmdale Water District which is the current status. The
northern half was purchased by fee by the Department of Airports.
City of Los Angeles for incorporation into the Palmdale Regional
Airport which is located one mile north.
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