Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Palmdale Army Air Field Cantonment Area
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 District.
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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