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Near Newberry-Baker in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Fort Pah-Ute

(1867-68)

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, November 21, 2009
1. Fort Pah-Ute Marker
Inscription. As many as eighteen enlisted men of Company "D," 9th U.S. Infantry once served duty here within the now crumbling walls of "Fort Pah-Ute." Although never established as an official fort, "Pah-Ute Creek," as it was commonly called, did house a small number of army troops from November 17, 1867 to May 3, 1868.

During the 1860's, a chain of five military "redoubts," including "Fort Pah-Ute," were established approximately "a day's ride apart," spanning the Mohave Desert from "Camp Cady" near Barstow, California, to Fort Mohave on the Colorado River.

This once important road which historically linked Los Angeles, California with Prescott, Arizona soon became obsolete upon completion of the Southern Pacific Railroad's Needles to Mohave line in 1883. With the continued growth of the railroad and the abandonment of the "Mojave Road" as a major transportation route, "Fort Pah-Ute" slowly deteriorated to its present state of ruin.

The low rock walls running from the fort down the rocky slope in the foreground represented a portion of a large corral of unknown origin, which was probably constructed after the fort was abandoned.

Archaeological resources are protected by the 1906 Antiquities Act and the 1979 Archaeological Resources Protection Act.
 
Marker series. This
Fort Pah-Ute Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 21, 2009
2. Fort Pah-Ute Marker
marker is included in the Mojave Road (Old Government Road) marker series.
 
Location. 35° 6.883′ N, 114° 59.063′ W. Marker is near Newberry-Baker, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker can be reached from Old Government Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Essex CA 92332, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nevada Southern Railway (approx. 11.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Ibis Divisional Camp - Desert Training Center (approx. 13.2 miles away); Goffs Schoolhouse (approx. 14.2 miles away); Cal-Nev-Ari (approx. 14.2 miles away in Nevada); Army Camp at Goffs (approx. 14.2 miles away); Pah-Ute Creek (approx. 14.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is located out in the open desert in the Mojave National Preserve accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles.
The address of the reserve is:
Mojave Desert Outpost 49448 Ivanpah Road, Lanfair Valley, San Bernardino Co., California.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Fort Pah-Ute image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 21, 2009
3. Fort Pah-Ute
Fort Pah-Ute image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 21, 2009
4. Fort Pah-Ute
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 450 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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