Mojave Desert History: Pioneer of the Mojave
INDIANS RAID THE SETTLEMENT
Shortly following this episode, Lane fell victim to an Indian attack. At the time the attack occurred
the Indians at the Mohave Villages had not yet been subdued. It was in May 1859, less than a month
after Colonel Hoffman made his ineffective truce with the
that news was received of the raid
at Lane's Crossing:
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INDIAN DEPREDATIONS -- A band of Mojave Indians made a descent upon Lane's Fort, at the crossing of the
Mojave river. They
overpowered Mr. Lane, and others living at the Fort, and then ransacked the houses, dispossessing the occupants of all their worldly goods.
Surely it is high time that our Government should adopt some efficient means to prevent these Indian outrages, that are daily being
committed in our midst, and afford that protection to our citizens which is guaranteed to them by the Constitution of their country.
It is unclear whether the report is referring to the
themselves or to an unspecified tribe of Indians from the Mojave Desert. If it were indeed Mohaves who raided Lane's ranch, he was
fortunate not to have lost more than his worldly goods. These Indians were fierce and used to having their way out on the desert. It
was the Mohaves who left the trail of bodies which
discovered on this very stretch of road in 1819.
There were other hostile Indians who could have made the attack on Lane's, including the
region, some of whom wintered in the town of San Bernardino and were known to resent the intrusion of the white man. It is more
likely, however, that the raid was made by
group of Indians was the most active in the area in the years prior to, and for a period of years after, Lane's arrival at the