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29 March 2012. A Door Company puts the final touches installing the roll-up door on the new metal building. (Photo by Dennis G. Casebier)

Finished Metal BuildingShane Brown, Jake Harmon and John Veria from H.S. Brown Construction erected a large metal Quonset hut-shaped building procured for us by MDHCA Director John M. Fickewirth.

Over the course of one month the construction crew got the building up. Starting the week of March 5, they worked on the intricate framing needed for the concrete base of the metal building.

Finishing concrete for the metal building slabOn March 9, two work crews received two concrete trucks laden with 10 yards of concrete to pour the metal building slab. By March 29 the building was completed.


10 March 2012. Once again, the skyline of Goffs has changed. (Photo by Dennis G. Casebier)

Flag draped American Boy MillYesterday, the American Boy Stamp Mill crew from Phoenix, Arizona, were here for several days working on the mill. During the day they got the two battery boxes and the main frame of the mill set up on the foundation. It was a delicate operation because the battery boxes had to fit down perfectly over an array of threaded bolts sticking up out of the concrete. It worked perfectly, thanks for the careful measuring and positioning of the bolts prior to pouring of the concrete last October.

Then today, we were all out at the mill site early while the Rock’s Crane Service crew lifted the big bull wheels and cam shafts into place on the frame. That was another delicate operation that took a couple of hours. This is a major step forward but, as Charlie Connell cautions us, there is a lot of work yet to do. It will likely be a year or more before we’ll be able to throw a switch and operate this huge machine. But we got much of the heavy lifting done today.

The American Boy Stamp Mill crew, headed up by Charlie Connell with wife Kathy, were Morris Jackson, Roger Camplin, Jerry Ohlund, and Stuart Harrah, supported by Ed Ditmer, Gail Andress, Nance Fite, and Mickey Thompson. Rock’s Crane Service consisted of Dave Rock, Mike Rock, and Jimmy Howell, from Bullhead City, Arizona.

See the American Boy Stamp Mill report.


17 February 2012. Charlie Connell with the two American Boy Ten-Stamp Mill feeders he meticulously restored. (Photo by Dennis G. Casebier)

Charlie and FeedersCharlie and Kathy Connell arrived from Phoenix pulling the Big Tex Trailer. On it were the two completely restored “feeders” for the American Boy Stamp Mill.

Charlie did a wonderful job on these restorations. He spent about 200 hours total working on them. They are now ready to be installed in the mill when the frame goes up and battery boxes go into place.

See the American Boy Stamp Mill report.


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.


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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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:

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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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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).


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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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.



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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