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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.

A Sourcebook and Guide to the Primary Resources on the Native Peoples of the far southern Sierra Nevada, Tehachapi Mountains, and southwestern Great Basin.


Areas covered are: Havilah, Walker Basin, Tehachapi, Kennedy Meadows, Glennville, Woody, & More.

The Kern County Museum Foundation publication covers the early history of the people, settlements, agriculture, early transportation, land and water development, deserts, mines and aeronautics, oil and energy, valley development in the early 20th century and post war Kern County.

Areas covered are: Old Isabella to Western Migration.

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.