Apple Valley (California)
San Bernardino County : Apple Valley (California)
Apple Valley is located at the southern edge of the Mojave Desert and thus has hot summer days in the upper 90s, cold winter nights in the mid 30s, and little rain.
Despite the name, there are no apple orchards in the city. Prior to World War II, the city was known for growing award winning apples. The local apple crops were decimated by three devastating years of fungal infection and extreme weather in the mid 1940s. Ironically, the Postal Service approved the name "Apple Valley" for the local post office in 1949, after destruction of most of the local orchards and the end of the commercial apple industry in the area.
Apple Valley's claim to fame is as the home and final resting place of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, stars of many western films and television shows from the 1930s to the 1950s.
The nearest commercial airport is Ontario International Airport, 55 miles (88.5 km) southwest of Apple Valley in Ontario. Apple Valley has a public general aviation airport for private planes less that 10 miles (16 km) from downtown Apple Valley.