Category Archives: Updates

April 2016 Updates and New Pages: MojaveDesert.Net

New – Romantic Heritage of the Mojave River Valley

New – Romantic Heritage of the Upper Mojave Desert

Update – Ridgecrest, Ca.

Update – Mormon Rocks (Cajon Pass)

Update – Barstow, Ca.

Glossary Update – Flash Flood

flash flood

Flash flood in Mojave River between Hesperia and Apple Valley.

Definition of Flash Flood

Cream Cups – Wildflowers

Update to cream cup in the wildflower guide:

Photo of Cream cups - Mojave Desert Wildflowers

Cream cups

Flowering early-late spring. Open, grassy areas with loose or disturbed soil or following burns; 0-1000(-2000) m; Ariz., Calif., Nev., Oreg., Utah; Mexico (Baja California).

(Click here to view the Cream Cup page!)

Moorehouse Mine

Updated Moorehouse Talc Mine near Ibex Springs, Death Valley National Park..

Ashford Mill – Death Valley

Ashford Mill – Death Valley
In 1910, Harold Ashford began work in the former claims of the Keys Gold Mining Company. In the mountains to the east Ashford and his brother worked the mine for four years without striking results. They leased the mine to B.W McClausland and his son Ross which led to the

Photo of Ashford Mill, Death Valley National Park

Ashford Mill – Death Valley


I had a year to prepare but didn’t  take advantage of it–Google changed the way the interface to their maps worked.  No big deal though–there are plenty of examples for me to work from now, so it is just a matter for changing the code.  Time consuming at the worst.

Digital Desert Maps with Satellite and Terrain Overlays

How’s Your Weather?

New – Weather section on

Pages with local weather; temps, forecasts …


July 2013, Updates

Indian Basketry:

“It has always amazed me…the first person that walked into the forest, and come out with a basket.”
~Vivien Hailstone (Yurok/Karuk/Hoopa Valley tribe)

Lost City:

Burrowing into the sandhills of Southern Nevada, archeologists have uncovered the homes and utensils of a thriving Indian civilization which existed 300 or 400 years before Columbus discovered America. Now the rising waters of Lake Mead are about to submerge the Lost City and remove it permanently from the field of research. But in the meantime the men of science have uncovered a wealth of interesting facts about these ancient tribesmen. The highlights of their discoveries are presented in this story by Johns Harrington, son of the archeologist in charge of the excavations. (reprint from Dec 1937, Desert Magazine)

The Captivity of the Oatman Girls:

This story has fascinated me since I first heard of it. The Mohave Indians impressed me as a people different from other desert Peoples in that I feel they were not only in control of the Mojave, but were a flawed people, wild in every way, and affected by the relatively sudden influx of pioneers and traders traveling through the area. The Mohave culture was brutal and raw, however, some of this story seems like it may have been enhanced for dramatic affect. For me it is interesting and historical in the way that there is no other like it.