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Mojave Desert History: Pioneer of the Mojave
Aaron Lane can be placed on the
as early as December 1858, at which time a theft took place on his property. The crime is noted in a letter dated December 16, 1859, from
Brevet Major James Henry Carleton,
First Dragoons, at
to Major W. W. Mackall, Assistant Adjutant General, in San Francisco.
The $20 theft by Higgins was something Lane could ill afford. Although relatively minor in nature, this was the first of several misfortunes to befall him in the years to come. In spite of these adversities, however, his move to the desert proved to be permanent; he spent the next 25 years residing on the Mojave River.
MODERN MAP SHOWING LOCATION OF LANE'S
CROSSING IN RELATION TO TODAY'S COMMUNITIES
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