#963:  The Mojave Road

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Midway Rest Area, N-bound I-15, 30 mi NE of Barstow





State Plaque



From the plaque:

Long ago, Mohave Indians used a network of pathways to cross the Mojave Desert. In 1826, American trapper Jedediah Smith used their paths and became the first non-Indian to reach the California coast overland from mid-America. The paths were worked into a military wagon road in 1859. This 'Mojave Road' remained a major link between Los Angeles and points east until a railway crossed the desert in 1883.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Billy Holcomb Chapter of E Clampus Vitus, Bureau of Land Management and Mojave River Valley Museum Association. October 9, 1988.

©2009 David Schmitt