Traveling along Route 66 during 1965 to 1995 we always looked forward to seeing the giant beautiful dark haired hula girl standing as the back drop of what was known as Hulaville in Hesperia, California (later to be incorporated by Victorville). Miles Mahan, a carny from his carnival days by the Venice and Santa Monica Piers, founded his corner of the world in 1955 at what was then known as the unincorporated area of Hesperia, California. There, on his half-acre, he began to create Hulaville, a place for tired travelers to stop, rest their legs, get a cool cup of water, and marvel at his giant Folk Art creations.
He lived on his property in a camper behind the huge yucca trees for years as he greeted his weary visitors, offered them cool water, and asked them to sign his petition to build a casino. His folk art was so well known that it became a California Historical landmark under the Folk Art Environment category.
When Miles Mahan’s camper mysteriously burned down, he continued his life’s mission while he lived out of his old car on his property until 1995. Two years later after his death, in 1997, Hulaville was destroyed. His Hula Girl and Cowboy Welcome sign were preserved and are at the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville. There is also a small scale reproduction of his half-acre heaven in the California Route 66 Museum.
Join us as we visit Miles Mahan’s Hula Girl!
Please share your memories below of watching for the Hula Girl along Route 66. It always told us that home was just a couple hours away! I think that she also influenced me to take Polynesian dancing, she is so beautiful.