Chase in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Mojave Road
Long ago Mohave Indians used a network of pathways to cross the Mojave Desert to reach the Pacific Coast from their homes along the Colorado River. In 1776, the Spanish Missionary Francisco Garces became the first non-Indian to trek these trans-desert routes. In 1826 Jedediah Smith trod these trails to become the first white man to reach the California Coast overland from mid-America. The route became a military wagon road in 1859 when Fort Mojave on the Colorado River was established. This travel route remained a major link between Los Angeles and points east until a railway was completed across the desert in 1883.
Erected 1986 by Transierra Roisterous Alliance of Senior Humbugs of E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 40.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Native Americans • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Mojave Road (Old Government Road) series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1776.
Location. 35° 10.565′ N, 115° 30.552′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nipton CA 92364, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rock House (approx. 10 miles away); Camp Rock Spring (approx. 10.3 miles away); Kelso Depot (approx. 14 miles away); Kelso Jail (approx. 14 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker was erected by the Billy Holcomb Chapter members as an honorary service to the Transierra Roisterous Alliance of Senior Humbugs (T.R.A.S.H.). It was the 12th T.R.A.S.H. Trek and was led by Sid Blumner, T.R.A.S.H. leader and X-Humbug of Billy Holcomb Chapter. SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
Also see . . .
1. Mojave Road. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on October 20, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Mohave Desert Land Trust. Organization website homepage (Submitted on October 20, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 18, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 1,010 times since then and 168 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 18, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. 5. submitted on December 23, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. 6. submitted on October 20, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.