Happy Thanksgiving from the Western Hotel Museum!
For many years, big turkey operations could be found throughout the valley. By 1930, the local turkey population was estimated to be 40,000. In 1940, the valley produced 150,000 turkeys annually.
Due to economic problems caused by the recession of the early 1980s, many turkey ranchers ceased production. Today, Lancaster has some local chicken farms, however, there aren't any local turkey ranches.
"Gurba, Norma H. Lancaster. Arcadia, 2005.
Photo courtesy of MOAH Collections"