Hesperia is a city in San Bernardino County, California, It is located 35 miles north of downtown San Bernardino in Victor Valley and surrounded by the Mojave Desert and the California Aqueduct transverses the city. Because of its relatively high elevation and the unique and moderate weather patterns of the region, Hesperia is part of what is locally called the High Desert. The name “Hesperia” is derived from Hesperus, the Greek god of the West, and therefore took on the name Hesperia which means “western land” Hesperia was incorporated on July 1, 1988. Hesperia is bordered by Victorville and Apply Valley on the northern side.
In the early 1950s, land developer M. Penn Phillips and his silent financial partner, boxer Jack Dempsey, financed the building of roads and land subdivisions, promoting lots sales on television. They built the Hesperia Inn and golf course, which attracted a variety of Hollywood celebrities. The Hesperia Inn also housed the Jack Dempsey Museum.