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Profiles in Mojave Desert History
Sheldon StoddardMonument Builder, Mail Carrier, Trail Blazer
Sheldon Stoddard, of San Bernardino, was born near Toronto, Canada, February 8. 1830, the son of Nathaniel and Jane MacManigal Stoddard. His
father was a carpenter by trade and a native of Massachusetts; the mother was born in Glasgow, Scotland. The father died at Toronto and the
mother came to the United States about 1838 with her four sons and after a year in Ohio located at Warsaw, Illinois. She crossed the
plains to Salt Lake and then to San Bernardino with the colonists of 1851, returning to Utah about 1875. Of the sons, Arvin and Albert
came to California in 1849. Rufus died in Utah in 1904. Sheldon Stoddard started for California in 1848, coming by way of Council Bluffs
and the North Platte route to Salt Lake. Here a party of about thirty men, under the guidance of Captain Flake, started for the placer
diggings in 1849. Among the members of this party were Charles C. Rich, George Q. Cannon, William Lay, and Sheldon Stoddard. They rode
pack animals and followed a trail as far as
Mountain Meadows, intending
to take a northern route via Walker's Lake to the placer diggings. They traveled westward for eighteen days without guides, compass or
maps. They found no water, and were saved from perishing by a providential shower that seemed to come from heaven to restore and save
them from a terrible death, famishing for the want of water, a miraculous escape for which blessing they all returned gratitude to
their Heavenly Father.
by JOHN BROWN, Jr. & JAMES BOYD
Stoddard Valley Off-Highway Vehicle AreaOff-highway vehicle recreation in the Mojave Desert near Victorville and Barstow.
Stoddard Wells Road - Barstow/VictorvilleDrive between Barstow and Victorville on Stoddard Wells Road, the Mojave Desert, California.
Two New Roads Open Up - Mojave DesertHe broke a road from the Fish Ponds thru by way of what is now Stoddard's Well and ... Not long afterward, Sheldon Stoddard dug a well along the route, which ...
Barstow California AreaAncient indian rock drawings and carvings. Stoddard Wells Road to Victorville. The old 'shortcut' between Barstow and Victorville. Daggett. Renamed to Daggett ...
Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation AreasStoddard Valley. Located in the Mojave Desert of Southern California, Stoddard Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area offers a diverse landscape for .
Mojave Desert - John BrownSheldon Stoddard In May, 1852, he brought John Brown and family from San Pedro and located them as his neighbor on the west side of this fort. Mr. Brown ...
Stoddard MountainStoddard Mountain is part of a east-southeast trending ridge 10 miles long, 15 miles south of Barstow and ...
Historic Roads & HighwaysStoddard Wells Road, The Cottonwoods Between what is now known as Barstow and Helendale cottonwood trees grew along the Mojave River. Water was ...
History of the Victor Valley: Mojave Desert HistoryThe annual San Bernardino County Fair at Victorville with attendance figures over 100,000, the Annual Lucerne Valley Burro Race, Stoddard Jess Turkey and ...
Huntington's Station - Mojave DesertTHE ROAD HEADING NORTHERLY TO CALICO IS THE STODDARD WELLS ROUTE, WHICH CROSSED THE RIVER APPROXIMATELY AT TODAY'S ...
Railroads of the Mojave DesertSheldon Stoddard In 1882 he entered the employ of the California Southern Railway, and the Santa Fe Railroad Company, under their chief engineer, Fred T.