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Death Valley Ghost Towns Volume 2

Into the Jaws of Hell – Sutak, Tom
Jefferson Hunt (1804-1879) was born in Bracken County, Kentucky, son of John Hunt and Martha Jenkins. He arrived in Utah in 1847. He was married to Celia Mounts in 1823 and Martha Jane Nease in 1846.
Geology of Death Valley: Landforms, Crustal Extension, Geologic History, Road Guides
An Unnatural History of Death Valley
Death Valley History Revealed: Proceedings of the Sixth Death Valley Conference on History and Prehistory
Death Valley in ’49: An Autobiography of a Pioneer Who Survived the California Desert

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Railroads through the Antelope Valley
Santa Fe Heritage, Vol. 1 [first edition]
Long Steel Rail The Railroad in American Folksong
Good, Reliable, White Men: Railroad Brotherhoods, 1877-1917
The Railroad, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint) (Paperback)
Railroad: Trains and train people in American culture
Railroad Engineering
Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California, Vol. 2: The Southern Roads [signed]
Workin on the Railroad
Railroad Maps of North America
The History of Union Pacific: America’s Great Transcontinental Railroad
History of the Union Pacific Railroad
The Illustrated History of the American Railroad
The Illustrated History of the American Railroad Three-Volume Set
Boomer : Railroad Memoirs [signed]
Iron Muse: Photographing the Transcontinental Railroad
America’s Great Railroad Stations
Yosemite Valley Railroad (Images of Rail)
Sante Fe Railway (Railroad Color History)
The American Railroad
Union Pacific Railroad (Railroad Color History)
Railroad Signaling
Classic American Railroad Volume III
Amtrak (MBI Railroad Color History)
Southern Pacific Railroad (MBI Railroad Color History)
Railroad Stations Depots & Roundhouses
The Railroad (Life in the Old West)
North American Railroad Bridges
Full Steam Ahead: The Race to Build a Transcontinental Railroad
Railroad Fever (Direct Mail Edition): Building the Transcontinental Railroad 1830-1870 (Crossroads America)
The Transcontinental Railroad (Library of the Westward Expansion)
Steamcars to the Comstock: The Virginia & Truckee Railroad and the Carson & Colorado Railroad
The Transcontinental Railroad
The Railroad That Lighted Southern California
The Railroad Scene
California’s Railroad Era, 1850-1911
Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad: The Nevada Short Line
Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad: The Nevada Short Line
1948 Handy Railroad Atlas of the United States
American Shortline Railway Guide (Railroad Reference)
Guide to North American Railroad Hot Spots (Railroad Reference Series)
Railroad Collectibles: An Illustrated Value Guide
Locomotive Terminals & Railroad Structures
Railroad Maps The East: Highways, Cities, Stations, Signals, Tonnage
Railroad Maps; The East [first edition]
Boomer: Railroad Memoirs
Master Railroad Builder
Burlington Northern Railroad Branch Lines: The Nebraska Experience
Durango: Always a Railroad Town Volume Two
A History of Railroad Valley, Nevada
Transcontinental Railroad : Crossing the Divide
The Story of Austin Nevada & The Nevada Central Railroad
Csx Transportation Railroad
The Iron Road: An Illustrated History of the Railroad
A Short History of the Railroad
Nevada’s Virginia & Truckee Railroad
Great American Railroad Journeys
Notes on Railroad Accidents
Railroad Collisions, A Deadly Story of Mismanaged Risk
Conductor: The Heart & Soul of the Railroad
When Deadhead Counted As Rest and Other Railroad Stories (True Railroad Stories) Great Railroad Photographs: From the Collection of the Smithsonian Institution Transcontinental Railroad
Railroad Mergers and the Language of Unification
Railroad Stations (Great Architecture)
A Worker on the Transcontinental Railroad (Working Life)
Railroad Vision: Steam Era Images from the Trains Magazine Archives
Building the Transcontinental Railroad
Classic Railroad Scenes
The Negro Motorist Green-Book: Railroad Edition 1951
The Railroad Photography of Donald W. Furler
SPV’s Comprehensive Railroad Atlas of North America: Northeast
Railroad History on American Postage Stamps
So, You Think You’d Like to Railroad and Other Railroad Stories

The Black Bridge

Railroad bridge Victorville, Mojave River

“One of Victor’s (Jacob Nash Victor) greatest contributions was supervision of a number of bridges constructed in San Bernardino County. The first and longest of these was the railroad crossing of the Mojave River in the lower narrows. It is not known just how directly involved he or Perris (Fred T. Perris) were with this project, since their correspondence includes a letter regarding recommendation from New England of another engineer-bridge builder anxious for employment just then. Whoever was directly responsible, huge granite blocks were shaped to fit snugly into cemented buttresses, which have not cracked or moved in over 100 years of continuous use and several devastating floods. The iron bridge, described as one of the finest structures of its kind on this coast, was brought in sections by railroad to Barstow and freighted from there to the site. This bridge was replaced early in the 20th century, including a second set of tracks, but the subsequent structures have all continued to utilize the same basic foundation buttresses. This would be the oldest structure in the region (the buttresses were built in 1885).”

~ History of the Victor Valley – Lyman
Published by Mohahve Historical Society

Railroads come to Goldfield

Transportation to and from Goldfield improved greatly with the arrival of the railroad. On September 12, 1905, at 12:30 p.m. the first passenger train arrived in Goldfield, greeted by 300 people. It was operated by the Goldfield Railroad Company. The arrival of the Railroad kicked off three days of celebrations, but mourning for some stage lines. In all there would be four railroads serving Goldfield, and one local line operated by the Goldfield Consolidated Milling & Transportation Company.

The Tonopah and Goldfield Railroad built railroad shops and a terminal near Aluminum and Fourth Streets, in May of 1910. The T & G operated until October of 1947, and had a life span of 44 years.The Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad was built in 1906 & 1907, from Las Vegas to Tonopah, and had stops in Beatty, Bullfrog, Rhyolite, and Goldfield. The LV & T ran for 14 years, until October 31. 1918, when the Nevada Department of Highways purchased the railroad right-of-way for Highway 95.

The Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad was built starting in November 1905, and completed October 30. 1907. It ran from Ludlow, California northward via Death Valley Junction to Gold Center, just two miles south of Beatty, and then northward on the Bullfrog Goldfield Railroad. The T & T Railroad ran until June 14, 1940, a span of 33 years.

The Bullfrog Goldfield Railroad was constructed starting in May 1906, probably starting at Milltown in the Goldfield Mining District, at the terminal of the T & G tracks, and was completed southward to Beatty by April, 1907. The Bullfrog Goldfield freight depot and maintenance building was situated at Fifth Avenue and Pearl Street across from the Santa Fe Saloon and is under reconstruction today. The Bullfrog Goldfield Railroad operated until January, 1928. During various stages of its existence, the BGRR leased its tracks to either the T&T or LV&T. Management changed hands five times during its 21 year life span.

Railroad Day September 12, 1905. The arrival of the Railroad marked the end of the stage coach to and from Goldfield and Tonopah.

Goldfield Historic Walking Tour Booklet
The Goldfield Historical Society

Railroads in the Mojave Desert

The High Desert Illusion

Does this …
… Blow your mind?

profile of elevations in the cajon pass - chard walker
— Cajon Junction (el. 2950′) at I-15 and Hwy. 138 is actually at about a 300′ higher elevation than Victorville (el. 2650′). The slope from the summit to Victorville is gradual, not as noticeable, and provides us with the illusion that we are further up than we actually are.


Riverside Cement – Oro Grande

Oro Grande Riverside cement plant, Victor Valley, Mojave Desert

Riverside Cement in Oro Grande, CA started in 1907 as the Golden State Cement Plant. It was shut down during the depression and restarted as Riverside Cement in 1942. The plant was enlarged and completely rebuilt in the late 40s. In late 1997, TXI purchased Riverside Cement.

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The Railroad was Coming Through!

Hesperia, was initially purchased in anticipation of the railroad coming through. Investors stood to make a nice profit from not only the railroad, but in the real estate near by as communities grew.Hesperia, Ca.

Hesperia, Ca.

But the railroad was built to Mojave, where trains could easily be routed southward toward Los Angeles, or over the Tehachapis, then north to San Francisco. The Hesperia investment languished and then was passed on to others. The railroad came through much later, but it was not so much of a big deal then.