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This is only a partial list of what is available in our Bookstore. To purchase any of these items, either send us a check or, to charge it to your credit card, call us any day between 11 am and 4 pm.

If you are looking for a book that’s not listed here, email us or call us and we will do our best to find it for you.

Museum members take a 10% discount
California residents add 8.75% sales tax
Shipping & Handling is $5.00 for the first item and $1.00 for each additional item

Mojave Desert Books

A Flower-Watcher’s Guide
A guide to wildflowers of the Western Mojave Desert, with emphasis on uses by Native Americans
Milt Stark
Soft Cover: $12.95
Published by Milt Stark

A Trip Through Death Valley’s Geologic Past
(The Magnificent Rocks of Death Valley)
A full-color journey along a trail of rocks that provides a chronological and pictorial overview of the geological history of the Death Valley region. Numerous maps and contemporary and antique photographs are used throughout.
Kenneth E. Lengner
Soft Cover: $13.00
Published by Deep Enough Press

Barstow Depots & Harvey House (2nd Edition)
A history of Casa del Desierto and the successful efforts to save it from the wrecker’s ball
Germaine L. Ramounachou Moon
Soft Cover: $10.00
Published by The Mojave River Valley Museum

Calico Memories
This book is Lucy Lane's memories as told to her niece Nellie Laird.
Lucy Bell Lane
Soft cover: $20.00
Published by Mojave River Valley Museum

Chasing The Rainbow: Adventures of the Desert Prospectors
Contains rare old film footage, beautiful color film and interviews with those who knew the prospectors, this is a documentary for anyone who enjoys history
Ted Faye
DVD: $15.00
Published by Gold Creek Films

Death in the Desert
Tales of death, near-death, and survival in the desert
Ted Faye
DVD: $15.00
Published by Gold Creek Films

Death Valley Memories
Death Valley’s fascinating history comes to life in the words of “old timers”
Ted Faye
DVD: $15.00
Published by Gold Creek Films

Death Valley’s Titus Canyon & Leadfield Ghost Town
Includes seventy milestones, located by GPS and odometer readings at which geology, plants, animals, and history of Titus Canyon and Leadfield areas are discussed
Kenneth E. Lengner & Bennie Troxel
Soft Cover: $19.00
Published by Deep Enough Press

Desert Magazine
Every page of all 534 issues of Desert Magazine from November 1934 to June/July 1985.
A 2-disc set in PDF format
Dain Blackburn
CD: $40.00
Published by Dain Blackburn

Dr. Rose, A Yellow Aster, and the Blooming Women of the California Rand
Explores the world of Dr. Rose Victoria LaMonte Burcham and other
women who found themselves making a home and a life in the rough and tumble mining area of the California Rand
Lorraine Blair
Soft Cover: $7.95
Published by The Library Press

Earp Clan: The Southern California Years
The story of the legendary family’s many years in San Bernardino County
Nicholas R. Catalbo
Soft Cover: $19.95
Published by Back Roads Press

Gone the Way of the Earth, Indian Slave Trade in the Old Southwest
This book is dedicated to “All those victims of Indian slavery in the Southwest whose thousands of stories will never be told – they lost their lands, their songs, their lives and their freedom – all gone the way of the earth”
Clifford J. Walker
Soft Cover: $15.00
Published by The Mojave River Valley Museum

Good Samaritans of Death Valley – Lou Wescott Beck and Rufus
An incredible story of a man who unselfishly sacrificed his fortune, and in the end his health, to help others
John and Barbara Marnell
Soft Cover: $14.95
Published by Mojave Desert Heritage & Cultural Association

Guide to 50 Mysterious & Interesting Sites in the Mojave (Vol I)
“Traveling unprepared in the vast Mojave Desert could be hazardous to your health” Bill
Bill Mann
Soft Cover: $20.00
Published by Shortfuse Publishing Company

Guide to 50 Mysterious & Interesting Sites in the Mojave (Vol 2)
Covers areas around Newberry Springs, Baker, Turquoise Mountain,
Shoshone-Tecopa, Valley Wells, and Mountain Pass
Bill Mann
Soft Cover: $20.00
Published by Shortfuse Publishing Company

Guide to the Calicos: Ghost Mining Camps & Scenic Areas (Vol 3)
Covers prominent ghost towns and scenic areas of the Calico Mountains northeast of Barstow
Bill Mann
Soft Cover: $20.00
Published by Shortfuse Publishing Company

Guide to the Remote and Mysterious Saline Valley (Vol 4)
Covers areas around Joshua Tree Forest, Saline Valley, Hunter and
McElvoy Canyon, Willow Creek, and Beveridge
Bill Mann
Soft Cover: $20.00
Published by Shortfuse Publishing Company

Guide to the Beautiful & Historic Lucerne Valley & Vicinity (Vol 5)
Covers areas within Lucerne Valley, the surrounding desert and mountain ranges
Bill Mann
Soft Cover: $20.00
Published by Shortfuse Publishing Company

Guide to Big Bear and Its Hidden Treasures (Vol 6)
Covers areas within Big Bear and the surrounding forests and mountain ranges
Bill Mann
Soft Cover: $20.00
Published by Shortfuse Publishing Company

History of Victor Valley
A 160-year history of the Victor Valley
Edward Leo Lyman
Hard Cover: $35.00
Published by Mohahve Historical Society

Hitch Up Yer Mules & The Hidden Trail
Learn how to hitch up a 20 mule team and then explore a part of the original Death Valley trail.
Ted Faye
DVD: $15.00
Published by Gold Creek Films

It Looked Like Eden
Reminiscences of a telegraph operator at Afton Depot, 1942-43
Robert C. Rowe
Soft Cover: $7.00
Published by Mohahve Historical Society

Land of Little Rain
Mary Hunter-Austin with Photography by Walter Feller
A classic tale of the west first published in 1903. A captivating mixture of fact and mysticism, fact and fiction. Illustrated with 100 photos of the Mojave Desert by contemporary High Desert photographer Walter Feller
Hard Cover: $40.00
Published by Counterpoint Press


Leadfield. Anatomy of the Death Valley Boomtown
The story of the Inyo County boomtown that flowered only briefly in 1925 and 1926
Kenneth E. Lengner & Danny Ray Thomas
Hard Cover: $20.00
Published by Deep Enough Press

Life is Basically Tragic – But Not Mine
The story of Evelyn and Cliff Blocker who grew up in South Dakota during the Great Depression, married and moved to Barstow. (To learn about Evelyn’s early years, read “Wind Blows to the South” listed below)
Evelyn Bender Blocker
Soft Cover: $12.95
Published by The Mojave River Valley Museum

Little Girl of Yesteryear – Sweet Memories of Early Randsburg
Teresa’s memories make a significant contribution not only to the history of Randsburg, but also to the history of women in western mining towns
Teresa McCarthy Kane, Edited by Lorraine Blair
Soft Cover: $7.95
Published by The Library Press

Living on Love and Peanuts
The memories of Irma (Zander) Schlatter – the story of a Depression-era homestead in the Mojave Desert
Virginia (Schlatter) Lieurance
Soft Cover: $7.50
Published by The Mojave River Valley Museum

Mines and Geology of the Randsburg Area. An Historical Gem of the Mojave Desert
The story of it’s geology and how it’s miners got the gold, silver, and tungsten at Randsburg, the Rand, Red Mountain, and Atolia Mining Districts.
Dee D. Trent
Soft Cover: $12.95
Published by Sunbelt Publications

Mines of Death Valley
Here is the story of fabulous mining booms and of the men who braved hot wastes to find gold and silver bonanzas from 1849 up to World War II
L. Burr Belden
Soft Cover: $8.00
Published by La Siesta Press

Mines of the Eastern Sierra
The story of the mines on the eastern slope of the Sierra and Inyo Mountains
Mary DeDecker
Soft Cover: $9.50
Published by La Siesta Press

Mines of the High Desert
The story of several mines in the High Desert, including Dale, New Dale, and Virginia Dale
Ronald Dean Miller
Soft Cover: $9.50
Published by La Siesta Press

Mines of the Mojave
This book covers the numerous mining districts running across the Mojave Desert
Ronald and Peggy Miller
Soft Cover: $9.50
Published by Borden Press

Mines of the San Bernardinos
In 1860 Uncle Billy Holcomb wandered over a ridge into what would become Holcomb Valley and started the largest gold rush in the southern regions of California
John W. Robinson
Soft Cover: $9.50
Published by La Siesta Press

Mojave Desert Dictionary
Second Edition - Over 7,000 listings of what used to be and what still is in San Bernardino County's Mojave Desert. Contains everything the First Edition did plus lots more.
Patricia Schoffstall
Soft Cover: $22.00
Published by Mojave River Valley Museum

Mojave Desert Voices: The Jaramillo, Olguin, Yslas, Luna and Arredondo Families Route 66 connections, Santa Fe Railroad and World War II ties –
These stories integrate the Mojave Desert and make a more complete history
Clifford J. Walker
Soft Cover: $14.00
Published by The Mojave River Valley Museum

Mojave River Valley Museum Heritage Cookbook
Take a culinary trip through time with our members who share their heritage by providing recipes used by many generations
Kandee McKinley
Soft Cover: $5.00
Published by The Mojave River Valley Museum

Mula, The Long-Eared Hero of the Old Spanish Trail
Tough. Intelligent. Always ready to do the job. From Missouri to California he was the long-eared hero of the Old West
Susan Jensen & Paul Singer
DVD: $15.00
Published by Jensen & Singer

Once Upon A Desert (3rd Edition)
This is by no means a complete history, but presents storied selections from a vast area of the Greater Mojave Desert
Patricia Jernigan Keeling
Soft Cover: $17.00
Hard Cover: $25.00
Published by The Mojave River Valley Museum

Pilgrims In The Desert
Early history of the Eastern Mojave Desert and the Baker area
Le Hayes
Soft Cover: $19.95
Published by The Mojave River Valley Museum

Pioneer of The Mojave
The Life and Times of Aaron G. Lane
Richard D. and Kathryn L. Thompson
Hard Cover: $19.00
Published by Desert Knolls Press

Plants of The East Mojave
“She can add new dimensions to a trip through the Mojave”…The Los Angeles Times
Adrienne Knute, with drawings by Carl Faber
Soft Cover: $12.95
Published by The Mojave River Valley Museum

Remembering the Early Shoshone and Tecopa Area
Stories of the southeastern Death Valley region as related by its inhabitants as told to
Kenneth E. Lengner and George Ross
Soft Cover: $18.00
Published by Lengner & Ross

Romancing the Rand
A new look at love, adventure and excitement in Randsburg’s early years (includes US Census Data for 1900 Randsburg)
Lorraine Blair
Soft Cover: $7.95
Published by The Library Press

Strike While the Iron is Hot
Klaus demonstrates all the basics in this no-nonsense approach to blacksmithing.
Klaus Duebbert
DVD: $21.00
Published by Valley Forge Productions

Super Chief Cook Book of Famous Fred Harvey Recipes
A faithful reproduction of the circa-1930’s give-away booklet
Soft Cover: $7.00
Published by The Mojave River Valley Museum

Tales of Tecopa
A memoir of Tecopa, written with fondness by the daughter of Jim Francis, one of Tecopa’s pioneers.
Mary Lou Walbergh
Soft Cover: $12.00
Published by Pacific Slope Press

Tales From the Desert: The Great Desert Railroad Race
Uses beautiful original color film footage, historically correct steam train re-enactments, archival stills and never-before-seen railroad footage
Ted Faye
DVD: $15.00
Published by Gold Creek Films

Tecopa Mines
The story of one of the few groups of mines in the Death Valley region that was profitable
Kenneth E. Lengner and George Ross
Soft Cover: $19.00
Published by Lengner & Ross

The Three Churches of St. Joseph's
Vol. 1: The Early Years
An in depth history of the Barstow Catholic Church from its beginning in 1914 to 1941
Phyllis S. Kolbly
Soft Cover: $15.00

The Three Churches of St. Joseph's
Vol. 2: Coming of Age
The history of Barstow's Catholic Church from 1942 to 1966
Phyllis S. Kolbly
Soft Cover: $20.00

The Three Churches of St. Joseph's
Vol. 3: A Dynamic Time, 1967 to 1989
A history from when the new Church was opened.
Phyllis S. Kolbly
Soft Cover: $20.00

The Twenty Mule Team of Death Valley
Using spectacular, original color film footage, archival film and photographs, as well as re-enactments, this documentary brings to life the Twenty Mule Team of Death Valley
Ted Faye
DVD: $15.00
Published by Gold Creek Films

These Canyons Are Full of Ghosts – The Last of the Death Valley Prospectors
True tales of the miles of mountains and valleys and canyons of Death Valley
Emmett Harder
Soft Cover: $15.95
Published by Emmett Harder

Trails and Tales of the Cajon Pass: From Indian Footpath to Modern Highway
Travel through time from the early geology to the present. Witness the
events that helped the Pass become the busiest transportation corridor in Southern California
John and Sandy Hockaday
Hard Cover: $39.95
Published by Buckthorn Publishing

Trails and Tales of the Cajon Pass: The Man Who Built Camp Cajon
If you like old photos and rich, documented Route 66 history including many of the people, places and things of that era, this is it!
John and Sandy Hockaday
Soft Cover: $20.00
Published by Buckthorn Publishing

Trinity Episcopal Church – Randsburg’s Missing Mission
This was the first church building in Randsburg. It has vanished along with it’s congregation
Lorraine Blaire
Soft Cover: $5.00
Published by The Library Press

Weird Tales #1: Death Valley’s Ancient Underground
A personally guided tour on a journey to discover Death Valley’s Ancient Underground. Are there really hidden gold and ancient mummies there?
Ted Faye
DVD: $15.00
Published by Gold Creek Films

Weird Tales #2: Into Death Valley’s Underground
A cinematic journey into the mysterious subterranean world of Death Valley
Ted Faye
DVD: $15.00
Published by Gold Creek Films

Weird Tales #3: The Pioneer’s Lost Trunk
One of Death Valley’s most extraordinary discoveries….or was it?
Ted Faye
DVD: $15.00
Published by Gold Creek Films

Weird Tales #4: The Ghosts of Death Valley Junction
Explore the strange and mysterious history of Death Valley’s Amargosa Hotel and Opera House with the help of living legend Marta Becket and the California Paranormal Private Investigators.
Ted Faye
DVD: $15.00
Published by Gold Creek Films

Weird Tales #5: The Strange Case of Rhyolite, Nevada
What happened to Rhyolite? Who was Mona Bell?
Ted Faye
DVD: $15.00
Published by Gold Creek Films

Wind Blows to the South
The story of a young farm girl growing up in South Dakota during the Great Depression. (To know what happened to Evelyn in later years, read “Life Is Basically Tragic – But Not Mine” listed above)
Evelyn Bender Blocker
Soft Cover: $12.95
Published by The Mojave River Valley Museum

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