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History in the Mojave Preserve
The history of the eastern Mojave prior to systematic federal management is long and varied. Most of the challenges and opportunities
faced by Mojave National Preserve have their roots in the history of human habitation of the area. Likewise, many of the outstanding
resources and attractions, as well as the less attractive features of the park, are the result of human efforts. As such, understanding
the history of the eastern Mojave before systematic federal management is crucial to understanding the area afterward. -- Editor
Source - National Park Service
Native AmericansAbout 11,000 years ago, the region's ecological zones were one thousand feet lower in elevation than today due to the cooler and wetter weather patterns of the waning Ice Age. ...
The MilitaryConflict between Native Americans and Euro-Americans was the catalyst for the establishment of a lasting federal legacy in the Mojave desert. The Mohave attacked ...
Mining HistoryMining activity played an important role in the history of the area that is now Mojave National Preserve. Geologists agree that mineralization is often associated with faults, ...
Railroad HistoryRailroads transformed the United States throughout the nineteenth century, prompting development of industry throughout the country and providing conduits for development ...
Ranching HistoryGrazing of non-native livestock has occurred on most of the land that is now the Mojave National Preserve at one time or another over the past 150 years. Livestock was present ...
HomesteadingMuch of the land in private hands throughout the West was originally owned by the federal government, and was distributed to private owners through one of several mechanisms ...
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History of Eastern Mojave & the Mojave Road