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Areas covered are: Death Valley, Mojave Desert, Old Mining Towns, Ridgecrest & China Lake.

It is widely held that the Old West, wild and wooly, ceased to exist by 1890, when the U.S. Census concluded: There can hardly be said to be a frontier line. But there was: an irregular line looping through eastern California and Nevada, and encompassing the better part of the Mojave Desert.

Gold! Few things in history have sparked the imagination so brightly as this glittering, elusive metal.

Rare is the Death Valley story that has been ignored by historians, but we have found one such subject; the story of Lou Wescott Beck and his dog Rufus.

In the late 1920s, this high desert area with little water and unproductive soil held no attraction for most people, but the small community of Amargo provided a grocery store, gas station, and of course a saloon for the convenience of tenacious gold and borax prospectors.

An "unusual name for an unusual place," Tehachapi is actually a Southern Paiute description for the convergence of the Mojave Desert and the wetlands of California's southern Central Valley.

Areas covered are: Old Kernville to Upper Kern River