High Above Apple Valley – New Vintage Images of the Apple Valley Inn and Newt’s Hilltop House

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For those of you following the blog you know there have been big doings as of late regarding the fate of the once spectacular but now ruined Hilltop House sited 300 feet above the once famous but now shuttered Apple Valley Inn. These two properties constitute the greatest historic treasures in all of Apple Valley and they both cry out for rescue before it’s too late. As it stands now, the Hilltop House and its twenty acres are up for sale. That can mean salvation is on the way or total destruction is around the corner. And there’s also an intriguing third scenario, which would turn the Hilltop House into a public park. Only time will tell as to what will ultimately happen. In the meantime, I wanted to share a beautiful set of aerials taken by Howard D. Kelly on February 3, 1961 of the Hilltop House and Apple Valley Inn. You can see both properties in all their long-gone glory.

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These great images were recently unearthed by the Los Angeles Public Library and comprise part of the Kelly-Holiday Collection of the library’s vast holdings.  Thanks to the LAPL for releasing them for our enjoyment!

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3 Responses to High Above Apple Valley – New Vintage Images of the Apple Valley Inn and Newt’s Hilltop House

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  2. TED HUNT says:

    I recently took the short walk up the hill to see the Bass House. There, hidden in the rubble that the house has become is the memory of what it was and promises of what it could be again.

    Hopefully the thoughtless and irresponsible characters who have wrecked so much damage to the property will stop. Unfortunately the simple minded will never understand what a treasure the house is to the High Desert.

    Another treasure lies just below at the Apple Valley Inn, which is struggling to redefine itself. But old restaurant and bar still retain the charm of its once greatness. The murals are worth the trip. Magnificent!

  3. Robert "Gabby" Gadbois says:

    At the time of the building of the home, I was working at KAVR, the radio station located in the Apple Valley Inn. I worked with and dealt with Newt Bass on a regular basis. I was meeting him in his office one day, when the home was about 1/4 of the way done, and I asked him how much that road to the home cost. His response was a curt, “If I worried about the cost of the road, I wouldn’t have built the home!!”He actually never intended to live in it; the home was to be used for promotional purposes and extremely special guests.

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