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The area was first settled by the Serrano, or Mountain Indians. They were removed to reservations in 1891 and the land sold to homesteaders. Yucca Valley was established as a railroad town along the Southern Pacific Railroad line between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Nevada; it served as a stopover for rail passengers traveling between L.A., San Diego and points east such as New Orleans or Kansas City on their way to Chicago via St Louis (the "Sunset Route"). The first post office opened in 1902. According to the United States Census Bureau, Yucca Valley has an area of , all land with no water areas. It is located at . The elevation is 3352 feet above sea level. According to 2010 United States Census Bureau estimates,:22 there were 20,700 people living in Yucca Valley's 14 square miles (36 km2), giving it a population density of 1,091/sq mi (423/km2).