Mojave Road

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 »

Walking the Mojave Indian Trail

Travel in General Mataviam described travel in general to Kelly (1933: 23:7)  in the following way: Travelers packed everything on their backs, and wore any kind of foot gear.  Children always wore shoes; if the children were too small to walk, their parents took turns carrying them.  They also took turns packing the water jar,... Read More »

Shootout at Government Holes

Two Gunmen ‘Shoot It Out’ when Cowpuncher Meets Up with Man Who Did Not Run’ One Found Sitting Against Wall, Legs Crossed, as Other Fell on Bed WOMAN MAY BE INVOLVED Another Dramatic Chapter of Desert History Is Written With Lead ~ By EARL E. BUIE Matt Burts and Bill Roberts, feudists and two-gun men... Read More »