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Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the scientific, historical and cultural heritage of the Mojave Desert.

About the

Mojave River Valley Museum

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)


Mark Your Calendars!

General Meeting

October 30 at 7 pm

“Overview of Pre-History of Fort Irwin” Brenda Reed, the new Fort Irwin Archaeologist, is excited about her job of analyzing the vast area of the Fort’s Pre-History, early and late Pleistocene times when Fort Irwin and the Mojave Desert were what one UC San Diego professor called the “Land of Lakes.”

Just north of the Fort, for example, is ancient China Lake where an archaeologist found artifacts of Native Americans, some of whom migrated to the Clovis, New Mexico, area before the13,000+ year old Clovis Points were used to kill what are now extinct animals. Fort Irwin has OLD sites, some probably not yet discovered.

Reed is excited about her job of analyzing life at the Fort before it was a military post. She is talking about arranging a field trip to the very nice and unique Fort Irwin Museum for us. A couple of MRVM members gave a little help and advice to that unique museum that covers the histories of the military occupation, the desert and the trails that went through the present property.

Fort Irwin has a varied local history also. It began as Camp Irwin then became Fort Irwin and somewhere in there it was a California National Guard facility. We have a book titled all about the National Training Center. Come on in and pick up a copy.

Join us and the speaker for a no-host dinner at Rosita’s on West Main Street at about 5:30 on the 30th prior to the meeting.

For more information, call the Museum at 760-256-5452

== Watch here for future meetings and announcements ==

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

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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.

Click here for a map

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.

Preservation:

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

Membership:

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.

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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
760-256-5452
e-mail:
mrvmuseum@gmail.com

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

The Museum has expanded twice since then to a little over 4,000 square feet, but WE ARE OUT OF ROOM! Every month we obtain artifacts and documents of our desert heritage and families and have no more space to display them and little place to store them. So now we are seeking money to expand our Museum so we can PRESERVE THE HERITAGE OF THE MOJAVE DESERT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. And you are helping us save our heritage by being a member, attending your Museum’s Annual BBQ and other events, and by shopping in our Book Store and Gift Shop, and we thank you! We still need volunteers to help us and we’ll train docents!



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