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Mojave River Valley Museum
Pioneers in the Mojave Desert
There were those wishing to settle in the new lands of California, they came in wagons with their
Edward F. Beale
rode to the east with news of the discovery of gold, hundreds and then
thousands came across the Mojave, at first along the
Old Spanish Trail.
Mormons made significant use of the trail and variations became known as the Mormon Trail.
Mormon PioneersThe history of the Mormon Trail cannot be understood without an awareness of the Mormon religion itself. The great Mormon migration of 1846-1847 was but one step in the Mormons' quest for religious freedom and growth. ...
The Lost 49'ersThe first two weeks of travel on the Old Spanish Trail were easy, but the going was slower than most of the travelers wanted. The leader of the group, Captain Jefferson Hunt, would only ...
The Life and Times of Aaron G. LaneHe had barely settled in before his ranch was raided by Indians. Other attacks followed throughout the years, and once he was even forced to ...
Rose-Bailey Wagon TrainToo impatient to wait for the new road to be completed, two wagon trains of emigrants left Santa Fe in 1858 to try it out, one headed by L. R. Rose, and following it another led by Gillum Bailey. ...
Captain Jefferson Hunt
Hunt guided several parties of gold prospectors from Utah to California. Many of the pioneers he led in the 1849 ...
William Lewis Manly
The trail the "Lost 49er's" attempted to blaze led them into the fiery gates of Hell, ...
Aaron G. Lane
Captain A. G. Lane, the first permanent settler on the High Desert. In 1858 Lane located at a spot about one-half mile below ...
Old Spanish Trail