Desert Explorers



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Mojave River Valley Museum Association

My name is Kit Carson and I was one of the many explorers who traveled through the Mojave Desert on my way to California. I was looking for beaver to trap. Beaver pelts (skins) were very valuable.

I am a trapper, too. My name is Jedidiah Smith. I followed the Colorado River in 1826 and then traveled across the Mojave following Father Garces' trail.