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Some Thoughts

To the uninitiated there is something rather uncertain about the reasons why a person will take time to view a location or an artifact. Ask the visitor why they make the trek or handle an object. The  response may take the form of a smile, and perhaps the timeworn cliché ” because it was there.”  That smile in phrase only does  partial justice in explaining personal gratification.

Why should we visit sites where history of any magnitude happened?  Perhaps it is because a fresh vista creates a more objective insight in pursuit of historical knowledge. Personal enjoyment and related benefits require one to approach a subject with a receptive and determined mindset.

In stories about stagecoaches and freight wagons  we may be entertained or learn about animals, load, dust, storm, good, evil, driver, passenger, comedy, sadness and so forth –  a whole range of emotions. a writer may have captured our imagination in words, but obtaining a complete and satisfying grasp of the event is a personal quest.

Often our inquisitiveness may provide answers only by standing on the spot, embracing the environment, and getting the feeling of how it may have been back when. Imagine sound, smell of man, equipment noise in animals doing the work. Anticipate the next riser dip the road and how it must have affected progress. Consider the impact on those traveling in good, bad, or indifferent weather.  Envision people, dress, available tools, and reasons for passing this way. Think of small but important details, such as animal harness, conveyancing station construction.  Perhaps the preceding thoughts may help create for you a new perspective and enjoyment of history.

Indian Wells Valley Stage and Freight Stops 
1874 – 1906
Comments and Directions by Lou Pracchia
Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert

May 3, 2016 Updates MojaveDesert.Net

Desert Fever

Desert Habitats


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.

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.