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HISTORIC ALEXANDER WAGON RESTORED

30 May 2011. Hugh Brown horses around with John Harrington, Jo Ann Casebier, Lena the dog, and the historic Alexander Wagon donated by Dottie Lewis and restored by John Harrington. (Photo by Dennis G. Casebier)

Restored Alexander WagonSome of you may remember that about a year ago (as reported in the Mojave Road Report) a crew went up to Pinto Valley to the property of Dottie Lewis and retrieved a wagon she had donated to us. This wagon was hand-built by Pinto Valley homesteader Julius Alexander in the mid-1920s.

When we brought it down to Goffs it was in very bad condition. Most of the wood had rotted. John Harrington was looking for a challenging project. He took on the task of restoring that wagon. You see the result in the photo above. John estimates he spent about 1,200 hours working on the restoration.

Restored Alexander Wagon on displayThe wagon is now on display in Goffs as a testimonial to Julius Alexander’s workmanship, to Dottie Lewis’ generosity, and to John Harrington’s craftsmanship.

LETTERS OF ALFRED R. CALHOUN: MOJAVE DESERT 1867-1868

15 April 2011. New Letters of Alfred R. Calhoun edited and annotated by John N. Marnell released.

Alfred R. Calhoun, sent letters back East while traveling with the Union Pacific Railway survey led by General William J. Palmer. Calhoun was an astute and articulate recorder of events and people encountered in the wilds of the post-Civil War Desert West.

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MOJAVE ROAD GUIDE
FOURTH EDITION - 2010

17 April 2010. New Mojave Road Guide by Dennis Casebier released.

The newly revised edition includes all new maps, GPS coordinates, and more. The road log has been completely updated to reflect changes in management and landmarks. This is the original Mojave Road Guide authored by historian Dennis Casebier, who rediscovered this old wagon road, now a major recreational trail.

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Tales of the Mojave Road: The MilitaryTALES OF THE MOJAVE ROAD:
THE MILITARY

Hardbound Collectors Edition!

24 April 2007. New Mojave Road history by Dennis Casebier released.

In 1859, the U. S. Army began establishing a line of fortifications stretching across the East Mojave Desert to protect settlers, miners, and the mails from Indian resistance. This is the story of the Americans who built, manned, and in some cases, deserted, these lonely posts marking a path of western migration across a harsh and unforgiving land.

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LIBRARY DEDICATED AT RENDEZVOUS

25 September 2008. Construction of the the Mojave Desert Archives Library is completed. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, October 11, 2008. The Library is a replica of the historic Goffs Santa Fe Railway Depot (1902-1956). View images and read about daily progress at our special weblog (blog).

LIBRARY GROUNDBREAKING

15 July 2006. At long last we have broken ground for the new library archives building at the Goffs Cultural Center. A nice group of long-time supporters gathered in 110+ degree heat to witness the ceremony. A brief opening statement was made by Dennis G. Casebier, Executive Director of the MDHCA, largely focused on introducing...

 

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STATE APPROVES $500,000 MOJAVE DESERT ARCHIVES CONSTRUCTION

19 May 2005. The California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) has approved $500,000 for the Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association to build the Goffs Depot / Mojave Desert Archives Library.

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GOOD SAMARITANS OF DEATH VALLEY PUBLISHED

8 October 2005. New publication released. A true Death Valley story, neglected for nearly a century, about the efforts of a man and his dog to rob the desert of its menace. This is the story of Lou Wescott Beck and his dog Rufus's dedication to mark water sources for desert travelers before the more well-known sign posting by the USGS and the Auto Club.

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MARUBA: HOMESTEADING IN LANFAIR VALLEY
ALL NEW SECOND EDITION

8 October 2004. New publication released. This is Maud Sharp's powerful and poignant personal family story of high desert homesteading. Available now in softbound and two different hardbound colors. One of our most popular titles of all time.

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