Victorville is a stop along Amtrak's daily Southwest Chief line between Los Angeles and Chicago. The westbound train to L.A. arrives at 4:18AM and the eastbound train to Flagstaff arrives at 9:10PM. The platform is located at 16858 South D Street and has no staff or facilities on site other than a simple shelter so tickets must be purchased in advance.
Its estimated population as of July 1, 2013 was 121,096. In 1858, Aaron G. Lane came to what is now known as Victorville and founded a way station called "Lane's Crossing. "For many years it provided shelter and supplies for people making the journey across the desert from the east to San Bernardino. Lane's Crossing was on the Mojave River on today's Turner Road, two miles north from where Interstate 15 crosses the river. Captain Lane was a veteran of the Mexican–American War who had suffered from malaria during that war. Originally he migrated west to join the California gold rush, but he learned that he could make a better living selling supplies to the miners. He settled in Ione, near Sutter's Mill in northern California, during those years, but he migrated to San Bernardino in 1857. He settled on the Mojave River in 1858, where he established his way station.