The Mojave River Valley Museum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the scientific, historical and cultural heritage of the Mojave River Valley.

Through the efforts of a group of interested residents, the Museum was founded in 1964 and established as a nonprofit corporation in 1973. Donations of money, time and labor have resulted in the present Museum facility located at the corner of Barstow Road and Virginia Way.

The Museum continues to operate through the efforts of its members and by donations from the public.
(click here for a brief history of our museum)

In memory of ...

Robert Frederick Hilburn III

General Meeting

May 29 at 7 pm

Claudia and Alan Heller will be here telling us more than we already know about Route 66. They have traveled it extensively and written about it several times. One of their best books on the subject is Life On Route 66. Personal Accounts

Along the Mother Road to California.

They will be more than happy to autograph a copy for you. The book is available on our shelves and sells for only $20.00, less 20% discount if you are a member or 10% if you aren’t.

Excerpt from page 63: Motorists who stop in Barstow for gas and then head out have missed one of the largest and most historic of the California Route 66 towns. Barstow’s Main Street is Route 66, which the town proudly labels as the “Main Street of America.” Historically, Barstow served as a major transportation hub in the desert, first with foot trails, followed by railroads, Route 66 and the major highways. It is the site where many paths cross. Today, two major interstates (Interstate 15 and Interstate 40) meet in Barstow. In times past, it was the convergence of the Old Mojave Road, the Old Mormon Trail, and the National Trails Highway, later Route 66.

Whether those who attend this excellent program want to travel part of the “Road” or not, they are attached to it since it is such an important part of the history of the Mojave Desert and the towns and tourist stops that developed all along the Route.

Everyone is welcome, there is no charge for this and refreshments will be served. There will be a no-host dinner at Rosita’s around 5:30 before the meeting; please come join us.

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MRVM Board of Directors Meeting: We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 5 pm.


From Our Guest Register

“Great collection and stuff”...Albuquerque
“I wanna buy everything here.”...Santa Rosa
“We love your museum”....Encinitas
“Very interesting”….France

Exhibits & Archives:

The Museum houses a series of displays and exhibits that portray the history of the Mojave River Valley from the arrival of Father Garces in 1776 on through pathfinders, pioneers, miners, railroads and the present space program.

Our archive of local area newspapers dates back to 1911 and our photo collection contains over 20,000 photos.

Location & Directions:

We are located in Barstow at 270 E. Virginia Way at the intersection of Barstow Road and Virginia Way. Exit I-15 at Barstow Road, go north two blocks then turn left.

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Open everyday except New Year's Day, July 4, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is always free.


Join us in helping to preserve the heritage of the desert. Your membership and participation are always welcome.


We have four levels of membership (see Membership Application). Membership benefits include receiving Desert Tailings, (our monthly newsletter,) participation in all field trips, and a 10% discount in our bookstore.

Membership Application

General Monthly Meetings

Our General Meetings are at 7:00 pm at the Museum (270 E. Virginia Way) on the last Wednesday of each month except:
    July and August: Meetings are cancelled due to our hot summers.
    November: Meeting is one week earlier than usual due to Thanksgiving.
    December: Meeting is cancelled due to the Christmas Holiday.
The Meetings feature guest speakers who cover a broad range of subjects related to our desert heritage. Meetings are open to everyone.


Special Section

Daggett Historical Society

Of Mines and Mules: A History of Daggett

The quiet, unassuming town of Daggett, California, nestled in the desert south of the Calico Mountains near Barstow, has a big history to tell. From silver rushes to borate refining, Daggett’s economy depended on mining. While historians disagree about when the former boom town was first settled, there is no doubt that its real beginning came in 1882 with the arrival of the railroad. For decades, the cluster of buildings with cottonwood and pepper trees would be a sight for the sore eyes of travelers crossing the inhospitable desert.

All that Remains: Daggett’s Borate Archaeology

Along the side of Route 66 east of Barstow, California sits the little town of Daggett. This settlement flourished for a few decades starting in the 1880s before losing its train station to Barstow in the early 1900s. During its heyday, Daggett boasted an active borate mining industry unsurpassed in the Mojave Desert. Visitors today can still find evidence of Daggett’s mining past. Archaeologists have recently conducted studies of the large mill site of the American Borax Company, recording what remains. More than 130 years later, information is still coming to light on this important period in southern California’s heritage.

270 E. Virginia Way
Barstow, CA 92311

Open everyday except New Year's Day, July 4, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is always free.

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Annual Mini-BBQ

Mark Your Calendars

MRVM General Meeting: Wednesday, May 29 at 7 pm. Caludia and Alan Heller on Route 66. See the article on page 1.

MRVM General Meeting: Wednesday, June 26 at 7 pm. Cliff Walker on Everything Has a History and it is Usually Funny¡

MRVM Board of Directors Meeting: We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 5 pm. The next meetings are June 5 and July 3.

Daggett & Calico Historical Society: This group meets at 6 pm on the first Thursday of each month at the Daggett Community Center. The next meeting is June 6. Call 760-254-2201.

Yermo Days Parade & Festival: On June 6. For more information call 760-254-2549 or 760-267- 5304.

7th Annual Old Spanish Trail Day: October 5 at the Desert Discovery Center. For more information call 760-252-6011


Educational lectures

Field trips

Historical Information