Geography

Tulare Lake – Vanished

Many folks interested in Mojave Desert history are aware that in 1776, Francisco Tomás Hermenegildo Garcés was the first non-native American to cross the Mojave from the Mojave Indian villages near Needles at the Colorado River to the Mission San Gabriel near Los Angeles, California.  Trapper and explorer Jedediah Smith also crossed the Mojave in... Read More »

The Salt Cave

“These Indians are Pa utch but not as wild as those above the Mt. their women and children did not run off. I saw at their Lodges a large cake of rock salt weighting 12 or 15 lbs and on enquiry found that they procured it a cave not far distant.” Journal of Jedediah Smith... Read More »

Springs & Things — Before Time Began

I have heard that the Paiute Indians have a legend–a story they would tell about a giant who crossed the desert with an olla full of water in each arm. With each step he would leave his footprint in the ground, and water would spill from the olla into the hole as he walked on.... Read More »

Earp, California

Earp, California is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County in the Sonoran/Mojave Desert transition next to the Colorado River at the California/Arizona state line in Parker Valley. In 1910 the little town was named Drennan. In 1929 Drennan was renamed Earp in 1929 in honor of the nefarious Old West lawman and entrepreneur Wyatt... Read More »

Ode to Barstow

The devil wanted a place on earth, sort of a summer home. A place to spend his vacation whenever he wanted to roam. So he picked out Barstow, a place both wretched and rough. Where the climate was to his liking and the people were hardened and tough. He dried up the streams in the... Read More »

Death Valley’s Titus Canyon

by Betty J.  Tucker –  Desert Magazine April, 1971 (photos – Walter Feller) The road and scenery through Titus Canyon in Death Valley produces all the ups and downs of a young love, then steadies out into the young matronly area. Further on, it matures and gains the stature of sedate old age. That’s a... Read More »

Relics of Rattlesnake Canyon

by Van P. Wilkinson – Desert Magazine – July, 1971 Relics lure as many folks into California’s wilderness today as did the precious ores of the 1800s. To get a piece of the action then, the needs were demanding and basic: a weatherproof disposition, an impenetrable faith against stark wilderness, and an inventive craftiness to... Read More »

Old Spanish Trail – 1864

Mountain Meadows, Virgin River, Muddy River, Las Vegas Springs (Mormon Fort). Resting Springs, Salt Springs, Bitter Springs. Bitter Springs, Impassible Pass, Camp Cady, Forks in the Road, Point of Rocks, Lane’s Crossing, Cajon Summit Cajon Pass, Blue Cut, Mormon... Read More »

Earth Abstracts II

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Earth Abstracts

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