Hesperia in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Mojave Indian Trail / Hesperia Lakes
Mojave Indian Trail
Over 12,000 years ago the Anasazi people originally used the trail. In prehistoric times, the trail was used as a trade route to the sea. South of this area also lies the Vanyume village of Atongai, long extinct.
Padre Francisco Garces passed here in 1776, trapper/explorer Jedediah Smith in 1826, and Kit Carson in the 1840’s. The first Mormons and other immigrants also passed this way.
In 1886 appropriation rights made this an important part of Hesperia‘s first water project. The siphon from the Deep Creek flume crossed the Mojave River here on its way over the mesa to the reservoir at the now Lime Street Park site.
A leak in the siphon formed early Hesperia Lakes. In 1917 additional wells were needed and dug here.
This plaque jointly placed in 1989 by the Mohave Historical Society and the Hesperia Recreation and Park District, is dedicated to those early pioneers of long ago and you of today who find comfort and peace here.
Erected 1989 by Mohahve Historical Society, and Hesperia
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Natural Resources • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1776.
Location. 34° 23.075′ N, 117° 15.127′ W. Marker is in Hesperia, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker can be reached from Arrowhead Lake Road, 0.7 miles south of Ranchero Road, on the left when traveling south. Located in the southwest corner of Hesperia Lake Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7500 Arrowhead Lake Rd, Hesperia CA 92345, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Holcomb Valley Road (approx. 1.6 miles away); Hesperia’s Original Water Source (approx. 2.3 miles away); Atongai Indian Village (approx. 2.3 miles away); Original Water Supply Ditch (approx. 3.4 miles away); Old School House (approx. 3.6 miles away); Walters Store & House (approx. 3.9 miles away); Hesperia Train Station (approx. 4 miles away); Hesperia Hotel (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hesperia.
Also see . . . Hesperia Historical Sites. (Submitted on February 10, 2021.)
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