Mojave River Valley Museum
Mojave History - Military:
Bitter Springs - Fort Irwin
Borax at Death Valley
A booming economy flourished as Borax was discovered in and around Death
Valley and miners poured into this region hoping for the “mother lode”.
Soon, mining related businesses, railroads, and workers began populating the
Mojave Desert. New growth within this region developed as tents gave way to
building, which grew into small towns. The nearby town of Newberry
Springs was first choice for Santa Fe Railroad, when deciding to establish a
major crossroads that would bring people and supplies to this region. But the
towns people saw a chance to make a profit, raised the prices of property far
too high and the Santa Fe Railroad moved over to the sleepy little town that
now bears the middle name of William Barstow Strong, the 10th President of
the Santa Fe Railroad Company.