Mojave
Soda Springs
Harvard
Mojave River
Mojave Forks
Taken near Soda lake in 1863 on a supply trip to Fort Mojave on the Colorado River. (Bancroft Library)
Undated picture perhaps near present day Harvard, near the State Fruit Inspection Station on Interstate 15. (Frances Loeb Library
Mojave River above the caves 1863. Taken during Fort Mojave supply trip. (Bancroft Library)
Mojave Forks near present day dam on Deep Creek. 1863 during supply trip to Fort Mojave. (Bancroft Library)
Dunes at Death Valley Auguerberry Point Joshua Tree Afton Canyon
Desert dunes in Death Valley National Monument. Original Mormon settlers did not travel through Death Valley but passed similar dunes at Kelso and other sites.
Augueberry Point ovever looks Death Valley. Jefferson Hunt led a group of gold seekers prior to the San Bernardino settlement. The group insisted on taking an uncharted short cut towards the Sierras. They inadvertently found what later became known as Death Valley.
Mormon settlers began to encounter joshua trees a little north of present day St. George. The strange looking tree reminded the settlers of the Old Testament prophet Joshua outside the walls of Jericho because the tree limbs often appeared to be arms outstreached in prayer. They began calling the tree Joshua.
Named Inconstant River by early American explorers, the Mojave River does not run completely dry but often runs through underground channels. Afton Canyon is one of the few places the Mojave runs above ground year round.