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Mojave Desert History
Historic Periods in the Mojave DesertThe Mojave has been used by many groups through time. During this time climatic changes have taken place and conditions have become ...
Profiles in Mojave HistoryBrief biographies and character profiles of individuals noted in Mojave Desert history
Gold Mines & Boomtown HistoryMining is the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth, usually (but not always) from an ...
Military HistoryThe camps and outposts of the Mojave Desert and the men and stories behind them.
Mojave Desert Regional HistoriesLocal histories and regional versions of general Mojave Desert history.
Historic Roads, Trails & Transportation RoutesFrom Indian trails across the desert the transportaion corridors of today have grown.
Books, Diaries, Journals & MiscellaneousFrom the very first words written about the Mojave to some of the most beautiful prose ...
A Mojave Desert Timeline
Mojave Desert Archaeology
Ballarat ghost town
by Walter Feller
History is a record or narrative aggregate of past events. In human history, specifically, the history of the Mojave Desert, we can arrange these events in a chronological order grouping them into more generalized periods according to the people during these times. We identify these people through their concerns and activities in general or specific locations. These points of historical interest become the geographic focus in history as well as events that have happened enroute between these locations.
History in these categories overlap. Few periods are defined with a start and finish, some haven't yet come to an end and are still evolving (ie: Desert Indians). The best that can be done is to assemble these histories so they can not only be studied in a chronological order, but also sideways (so to speak), according to theme, as somewhat simultaneous events and occurances in a variety of regional locations.
Soda Lake (dry)
Desert ghost towns are ghost towns simply for one reason; money. If the money isn't there, there is no reason for people to stay. ...
Gold is where you find it. Of course it helps if you know about where to look. ...
Mountain Meadows Massacre
In the early morning hours of September 7th, a party of local Mormon settlers and Indians attacked and laid seige to the encampment. For reasons not fully understood, ...