Mohahve Historical Society

Mohahve Historical Society We are a non-profit organization formed in 1964 whose members research, record, teach, and publish the history of the people and communities of the Mojave

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"This doubtless means that someday an ambitious person, at least with interest the last half century or so, will need to...
03/15/2017
History of the Victor Valley | Desert Gazette

"This doubtless means that someday an ambitious person, at least with interest the last half century or so, will need to add greater historical detail, particularly on the many subjects not covered or at best sparsely covered herein from the 1960s forward.. With the passage of time, the advantage of hindsight will make the task is somewhat easier. On the other hand, is doubtful if much of the earlier. Will need to be redone, other than perhaps in providing a more balanced work that omits some of the extra, but interesting, detail included in this effort. ... "

http://desertgazette.com/blog/history-of-the-victor-valley/

As readers of the early chapters will readily recognize, there are not many sources on the early history of the Victor Valley. Therefore, use of the Los Angeles in San Bernardino newspapers became essential, along with diaries and other writings of people mostly passing through the area. My familiar...

As we thought about the things that were taking place in the area, we realize that, just as the last remnants of other e...
03/02/2017
Cedar Springs – August 1964 | Desert Gazette

As we thought about the things that were taking place in the area, we realize that, just as the last remnants of other eras were disappearing, the day would soon calm when the landmarks that are so familiar in the area today will soon be gone. So we took more pictures for remembrance.

http://desertgazette.com/blog/cedar-springs-august-1964/

The day was hot. There were only five of us who showed up for the trip. We met at Carl Cambridge’s Museum on Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley in about 9:30 AM and left via Deep Creek Road to Rock Springs Road and across the river to Lake Arrowhead Road and then via Summit Valley Road to Miller Canyo...

One light at a time ...
02/16/2017
History of Victor Valley

One light at a time ...

This beautifully illustrated hardbound book covers the history of the Victor Valley, the gateway to the magnificent Mojave Desert. Renowned author and historian Edward Leo Lyman has spent years researching the history of the region, and is one of the foremost experts on the heritage of the desert...

02/14/2017

February 23 at 7:00 pm
Victor Valley Museum
11873 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley, CA 92308.

Speaker: Marcy Taylor
The Green Book for Black Motorists on Route 66

In honor of Black History Month, local historian Marcy Taylor will present her topic on the experiences of minority Route 66 travelers during the era of Jim Crow laws. These travelers navigated the
eight states using as a guide "The Green Book" to get them to their destinations safely and with minimal uncomfortable or embarrassing incidents. The presentation will focus on two guest ranches, the
Murray's Overall Wearing Dude Ranch, and the Raglan Guest Ranch, both located in Apple Valley, at that time referred to as
"the outskirts of Victorville." Of hundreds of places listed in the Green Book, all are hotels, rooming houses, service stations,
car repair shops, barber and beauty shops and the like, other than two guest ranches, the ruins of which are still right here in
Apple Valley.

Meetings are free and open to the public, but donations
and memberships are always appreciated. For further info call Marcy at (760) 985-1918.

Please visit our website:
http://www.mohahve.org

Mohahve Historical Society: History of the Society | Desert Gazette
02/12/2017
Mohahve Historical Society: History of the Society | Desert Gazette

Mohahve Historical Society: History of the Society | Desert Gazette

On January 30, 1963, the Victor Valley Union High School and Victor Valley College Districts jointly sent out invitational letters to the areas early-day residents offering a college level course entitled, “Local Historical Research,” which was to begin February 7, 1863.

"To renew ties with the past we need not always be daydreaming; It may be tapping old sources of strength for new tasks....
02/09/2017

"To renew ties with the past we need not always be daydreaming; It may be tapping old sources of strength for new tasks."

~ Simon Strinsky

"The Battle of Chimney Rock"by Cindy LazenbyChimney Rock in Lucerne Valley was the site of the last Indian fight in Cali...
02/09/2017
Chimney Rock

"The Battle of Chimney Rock"
by Cindy Lazenby

Chimney Rock in Lucerne Valley was the site of the last Indian fight in California. To understand the climax of the battle, we must first go back to the events leading up to the historic fight. Indians had used the mountain areas of San Bernardino for many years to supply food for their families. When the white man began cutting down trees and building sawmills, the Indians felt their hunting grounds were being ruined. This began a campaign to rid the area of the white man. ... "

http://digital-desert.com/places/chimney-rock.html

In the summer of 1845, Benjamin D Wilson, own part of the interest in the Jurupa Rancho, site of the present city of Riv...
02/09/2017
Bear Lake, Baldwin Lake and Big Bear Lake | Desert Gazette

In the summer of 1845, Benjamin D Wilson, own part of the interest in the Jurupa Rancho, site of the present city of Riverside, led a troop of Calvary in search of cattle rustlers.

Setting out from San Bernardino Valley, he divided his command. Most of the men he sent through Cajon Pass, keeping only 22 Mexican troopers with him to follow a trail across the mountains. Two days later, Wilson and his men reached the lake where they sighted scores of grizzly bears. ... "

http://desertgazette.com/blog/bear-lake-baldwin-lake-and-big-bear-lake/

in the summer of 1845, Benjamin D Wilson, own part of the interest in the Jurupa Rancho, site of the present city of Riverside, led a troop of Calvary in search of cattle rustlers.

"In 1867, John Brown homesteaded the Verde Rancho, which became the first major ranch of the Mojave River Valley.  ... "...
02/09/2017
Junior’s Ranch | Desert Gazette

"In 1867, John Brown homesteaded the Verde Rancho, which became the first major ranch of the Mojave River Valley. ... "

http://desertgazette.com/blog/juniors-ranch/

Mrs. Kemper Campbell, with her husband and their law partner, Mr. Sorenson, acquired the Verde Ranch in 1924. Mrs. Campbell, now 76 years of age, recalls that the original Verde ranch was approximately 4000 acres. The Campbells retained the north portion of 1900 acres, while Mr. Sorenson retained t...

Mojave Desert Net
02/08/2017
Mojave Desert Net

Mojave Desert Net

Death Valley:

"The story of Charles Brown and the Shoshone store begins in Greenwater. In the transient hordes of people that poured into that town, there was one who had not come for quick, easy money. ... "

Trip Report -- page 2:This was the second place we stopped.  This photo is more interesting than the one I took at the f...
02/03/2017

Trip Report -- page 2:

This was the second place we stopped. This photo is more interesting than the one I took at the first place.

This is me and Al, the friendly dinosaur--some kind of raptor or Hadrosaurus, I suppose. The helmet liner I'm wearing for a hat keeps my brain snug and toasty and is moldable. The rock formation behind me is some kind of granitic pluton formed by magma pushing up and the earth around it eroding into sand over the last nearly unimaginable gzillion years or so.

REPORT: Field Tripping -- Shakedown AdventureSmashed picnickers, a (blush) yoni, a stucco dinosaur named Al, Indian figh...
01/31/2017

REPORT: Field Tripping -- Shakedown Adventure

Smashed picnickers, a (blush) yoni, a stucco dinosaur named Al, Indian fight site, looking through a pipe, dead Pete, legendary fake hangin' tree, a waterhole, lost cracks in the mud, a rock quarry, slightly lost, slightly found, a mountain that sort of melted and great Chinese food on the Chinese New Year.

Done by 3pm.

January 26, 2017 - General meeting, Victor Valley Museum -Jeff Crider - History of the Mojave Water Agency
01/27/2017

January 26, 2017 -
General meeting, Victor Valley Museum -
Jeff Crider - History of the Mojave Water Agency

" ... sent to Daggett, California to replace the famous 20 Mule Teams, in the 14-mile runs between Borate and Daggett."
01/20/2017

" ... sent to Daggett, California to replace the famous 20 Mule Teams, in the 14-mile runs between Borate and Daggett."

118 years ago to this day, in 1899, a little Heisler locomotive rolled out of the Stearns Manufacturing Works, in the humble town of Erie, Pennsylvania, and sent to Daggett, California to replace the famous 20 Mule Teams, in the 14-mile runs between Borate and Daggett.

The Borate & Daggett Railroad's #2 "Francis" was built on January 20th, 1899, 118 years ago to this day. She is the most famous steam locomotive associated with Daggett, California, and is famous for a few good reasons.

She was the second and most well-known of the two Heislers of the Borate & Daggett, the second Heisler locomotive that replaced the 20 Mule Teams and "Old Dinah" to run the borax between Borate and Daggett.

Also, Francis was the first-ever locomotive to reach Death Valley, as she was the first locomotive on the Death Valley Railroad and helped to construct it between Horton and Ryan, before the 2 Baldwin 2-8-0's arrived. She was also the second locomotive to work on the Nevada Short Line Railway alongside their No. 1, a Baldwin 2-6-0, now located at the California State Railroad Museum. She was said to have suffered a gearbox failure on this railway after years of long, hard service, but was repaired afterwards.

The Heisler locomotive ultimately ended up at the Terry Lumber Company's (later Red River) logging railroad at Round Mountain, California, 32 miles north-east of Redding, north of Sacramento.

Unfortunately, the locomotive was scrapped circa 1925 after the Round Mountain logging railroad was taken up. Francis was dismantled and her remains were scattered across the Shasta woodland, her tender tank survived intact way into the 1960's but has since been taken away for scrap...

Indeed it is a shame the locomotive was never preserved, as an important gap in the history of the evolution of borax transportation has been left void, amongst the 20 Mule Team wagons, "Old Dinah" and the DVRR Baldwins.

But this locomotive will still live on in our hearts, and today we can wish her a Happy Birthday, wherever she is now...

This photograph shows Francis at Daggett in 1910, 2 years since the B&D has been taken up, and the locomotives and rolling stock have been stored on a short section of 3ft-gauge track left in place at the interchange with the Santa Fe at Daggett. The photograph shows her with no bell and whistle, as they were taken off and stored away to prevent theft.

Daggett, CA.
01/17/2017
Daggett Historical Society

Daggett, CA.

The Daggett Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the rich history of the little mining town of Daggett, California, and related areas and sites.

Daggett, CA
01/17/2017
Daggett Historical Society

Daggett, CA

The Daggett Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the rich history of the little mining town of Daggett, California, and related areas and sites.

Murray's Ranch: Apple Valley's African-American Dude Ranch A Mid-1900s Black History of the Mojave Desert http://members...
01/16/2017

Murray's Ranch: Apple Valley's African-American Dude Ranch
A Mid-1900s Black History of the Mojave Desert

http://members.uia.net/richkat/murray1.html

THE OVERALL WEARING DUDE RANCH

'All of these ranches had their own personalities, and many tales have been told about them, but one of the most unusual was the Murray Ranch, also known as the "Overall Wearing Dude Ranch." Murray's was unique in that it was owned by African-Americans and catered to an African-American clientele, although not exclusively. During its heyday in the 1940s and ‘50s, the ranch was advertised as "The only Negro dude ranch in the world" — and it may have been; nobody seems to have challenged the claim. ... '

~ Richard Thompson

Field trip photos:Uranus Station --Goldstone - Ft. Irwin
01/15/2017

Field trip photos:

Uranus Station --
Goldstone - Ft. Irwin

This book is a “must have” for anyone interested in a detailed history of the Victor Valley …
01/13/2017
History of the Victor Valley | Desert Gazette

This book is a “must have” for anyone interested in a detailed history of the Victor Valley …

As readers of the early chapters will readily recognize, there are not many sources on the early history of the Victor Valley. Therefore, use of the Los Angeles in San Bernardino newspapers became essential, along with diaries and other writings of people mostly passing through the area. My familiar...

"Originally belonged to Sunland Ford. When no longer needed, they temporarily "parked" the sign at the fairgrounds. It w...
01/11/2017

"Originally belonged to Sunland Ford. When no longer needed, they temporarily "parked" the sign at the fairgrounds. It was later decided that they didn't want the sign and, as it was easy enough to change the word "FORD" to "FAIR", the fairgrounds did just that and added a few embellishments. The sign is a special neon art sign which was popular in the Forties."

~ William E. Mutschler -- Tour Old Town Victorville

"Originally belonged to Sunland Ford. When no longer needed, they temporarily "parked" the sign at the fairgrounds. It was later decided that they didn't want the sign and, as it was easy enough to change the word "FORD" to "FAIR", the fairgrounds did just that and added a few embellishments. The sign is a special neon art sign which was popular in the Forties."

~ William E. Mutschler -- Tour Old Town Victorville

http://desertgazette.com/blog/pioneer-trail/
01/08/2017
Pioneer Trail | Desert Gazette

http://desertgazette.com/blog/pioneer-trail/

Wagon wheel furrows cut deep in the sand, winding through desolate desert land, on through arroyos, climbing a rise to snow-covered mountains that reach to the skies; ruts that the elements tried to erase from the deserts redoubtable face, but fate has preserved, through all of these years, the trai...

01/02/2017

* Brought to you by the Mohahve Historical Society *

A great way to read about the events that made the Victor Valley and Mojave Desert what it is today!!!

The Mohahve books, volumes I-V, contain oral interviews, historical vignettes, biographies, photographs, maps, and other articles on the history of the Victor Valley and Mojave Desert.

Mohahve I, consisting of interviews with local "old-timers" was published in 1963, a combination of the Victor Valley College local history class taught by Dr. Lawrence Davenport. A "Historical Sketches" section was added to make up the second part of Mohahve I. Note: this indexing indicates separately numbered sections by "I-Pt.1" and "I-Pt. 2."

Many of the pioneers of Mohahve I where the first settlers of the land; "entryman" is the government term. This book has become a classic because it gives the stories of these people in their own words, as transcribed by the students... and what a treasure it is! Almost as important are the numerous irreplaceable photographs of people and places long gone.

After their initial successes, members of Dr. Davenport's class met and decided to form the "Mohahve Historical Society." The "Mohahve" spelling was taken from the diary by John C. Fremont, who traveled through this area in 1843-1844. The society was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1966.

In the ensuing years, the Mohave Historical Society published the Mohahve II to in 1964, (reprinted 1966), Mohahve III in 1966, Mohahve IV in 1984, and Mohahve V in 1991.

Until now, there has not been an index to the hundreds of subjects covered in these publications. The purpose of this index is to allow for easier access for persons who are doing research. The indexing reflects the contents of the books. There are some errors in the text of the Mohahve series. Researchers should confirm facts by consulting other publications or primary sources.

Purchase all 6 books for only $95! (includes shipping and handling)
Mohahve I, Parts 1 & 2
Mohahve II
Mohahve III
Mohahve IV
Mohahve V
Index

Contact (PM) Walter Feller for details

12/31/2016

Wishing all of our great staff, directors, members, volunteers who make this all possible a Happy New Year!

Daggett Historical Society
12/30/2016
Daggett Historical Society

Daggett Historical Society

In honor of the 20-Mule Team's participation in the Rose Parade on January 2nd, the Daggett Historical Society's January Newsletter will feature Mule Team related photos and stories that illustrate the history of the Pacific Coast Borax Company's 20-Mule Teams, the Cerro Gordo Freighting Company's Mule Teams, and Seymour Alf's Independent Mule Teams all of which operated in Daggett. If you are a member of the Daggett's Historical Society but have not been receiving the monthly newsletters, please send an email to [email protected] to update your email address. If you are not a member of the society, go to http://daggetthistoricalsociety.org and click on "Join" at the bottom of the page to be directed to our membership application form.

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12/22/2016
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12/22/2016
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The Historical Society chose the spelling “Mohahve” from the journal of the noted military leader and explorer John C. Fremont who explored this area during 1843—1844.

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In 1964 when I was 10 years old, my family would go out 'Indian Artifact Hunting' in the desert past Ludlow, CA. My stepdad would drive us to the middle of nowhere and direct us to start digging with screens and shovels. My mom found this beautiful Indian shaker completely intact. Now 56 years later I gave the shaker to the Mojave River Valley Museum. Pat Schoffstall had the piece evaluated by a certified artifact specialist. It was determined that it was from the Mojave Indian Tribe near Needles, CA. It is a 'Dance Shaker' dated between 1890 and 1910. It is natural gourd, cactus wood handle and painted with Ocre and other natural paints. The goal was to get the shaker back to it's lawful tribe. What a find and a legacy to Connie Ward!
Robin, Do you speak for the historical society?
Hey, so whatever happened to you guys? "We are a non-profit organization formed in 1964 whose members research, record, teach, and publish the history of the people and communities of the Mojave . . . "
Mohahve Historical Society friends, please take a look at our upcoming History Meet to be held at Camp Cajon, on Saturday, 6/27, at 10:00 am. Let us know if you'd like to joint us! https://www.facebook.com/events/677192966440477/?active_tab=about
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The Kern Antelope Historical Society presents: Have you ever wondered what it means to be from Rosamond and why all these people have an instant connection? Mitch Speed, personifies the answer to these questions. Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., at the Wanda Kirk Library, Mitch will share his story. He is a “Husband, Father, and Man of God”, also Author; Detective; Rosamond Graduate; and more. Mitch’s words will inspire you and open your eyes to a different perspective on life. Mitch’s book, “Mitch Speed - The Man Behind the Badge.” will be available for purchase and autograph. The book is a collection of inspiring short stories and poems that Mitch has written throughout his life.
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