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The biggest problem preventing profitable mining, even by organized transportation. The coming of the
Santa Fe Railroad changed everything. They could haul in food and
haul out ore faster and cheaper than the large wagons designed specifically for the job.
Along the railroad line, water and other supplies were available to facilitate the
exploitation of the desert. In the years 1900 – 1919, when rail transportation was fully developed, more mines were
open and profitable than at any previous time. Towns such as Ivanpah, Cima, Kelso, Goffs, Fenner, and Essex owe their
creation to the railroad.
They transported homesteaders and merchants across the Mojave Desert in far less time than
could have been imagined by the explorers that preceded them.
Contents & Introduction
Prospectors & Miners
Route 66 & Hoover Dam
Casa Del Desierto - Barstow, CA
Kelso Depot - Kelso, CA