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Nipton in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Who Has Lived Here?

 
 
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By Denise Boose, May 18, 2015
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Inscription. Humans have lived in the Mojave Desert for perhaps 12,000 years. The earliest humans inhabited this region during times of higher precipitation, when the dry lake beds of today were filled with water. Their projectile points, scrapers, and other simple stone tools are sometimes found near ancient lake shores. The bow and arrow came into use, as did pottery and basket making. As the climate became more arid and the lakes went dry, the people of the Mojave began traveling with the seasons over large areas to collect food. Grinding stones were used to process seeds and tough vegetable foods. By 1200 A.D., native groups across the region were diversifying. Marine Shell beads found in the Mojave are evidence of trade with coastal groups.
 
Location. 35° 26.147′ N, 115° 42.089′ W. Marker is in Nipton, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on South Interstate 15, on the right. Touch for map. Located on the Southbound of Interstate 15 of Valley Wells rest stop. Marker is at or near this postal address: South Interstate 15, Nipton CA 92364, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Movement in the Desert (here, next to this marker); Western Expansion (here, next
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to this marker); Ranching and Mining (here, next to this marker); Railroads Revolutionize Transportation (a few steps from this marker); Valley Wells (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ).
 
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By Denise Boose, May 18, 2015
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Prospector Johnny Moss and Pauite Chief Tercherrum in 1863. Moss negotiated a treaty with the tribe that allowed miners to work the Ivanpah mines.
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Chemehuevi baskets are known for their simple elegance and crisp designs. The baskets are made of coiled willow rods sewn together with split-peeled willow, with the black design of split devil's claw.
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By Denise Boose, May 18, 2015
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Mojave Indians farmed along the Colorado River, living in wattle and daub houses during the winter. This 1854 painting shows a hoop-and-pole game in progress. (Heinrich Balduin Mollhausen)
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Heinrich Balduin Mollhausen painted this collection of bows and arrows, quivers, plumes, basket and aprons in 1854. Items are from the Mojave, Chemehuevi, and Piute tribes.
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By Denise Boose, May 18, 2015
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Rock art painted or pecked into the rock by early tribes can be found across the Mojave Desert.
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By Denise Boose, May 18, 2015
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Mojave Tribe
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 19, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on May 20, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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