Mojave River Valley Museum
Railroads of the Mojave Desert
Railroads around the Mojave National Preserve
by Gordon Chappell
No one knows
when civilization began, but sometime
around fifteen or twenty or thirty thousand years ago
mankind first discovered he didnít have to live in caves, ...
The Southern Pacific and later Santa Fe
It is a common urge when business entrepreneurs
make a pile of money off of some investment that want
to replicate that feat by doing the same thing or a similar
thing again, and so ...
Three Santa Fe subsidiaries
What began as one morphed into three railways north
from Goffs which all became wholly-owned subsidiaries
of the Santa Fe System. The first of these was the ...
The Salt Lake Route
Another railroad destined to operated through the
heart of what now is Mojave National Preserve, from
northeast to southwest, would operate under three different
names: San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad
The Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad
Another desert railroad flanked the western boundary
of Mojave National Preserve and cut across a part of its
northwest corner. That was the Tonopah & Tidewater
Railroad, a ...
The smallest railways
Completion of the Tonopah & Tidewater in 1907 led
to construction of two tiny little railways connected with
its line. ...
Rails around Mojave National Preserve
Thus historically Mojave National Preserved had
railroads along its southern and western edges and penetrating
its very heart. Two of them were components of
transcontinental railroad systems, ...