Mojave River Valley Museum
Historic Shoshone Tour
In a shady grove of mesquite known as Metbury spring, the town of Shoshone was founded in
1910 by Ralph Jacobus "Dad" Fairbanks, a
Death Valley prospector, freighter and entrepenuer
interested in establishing businesses along the station stop of the Tonopah & Tidewater
Charles "Charlie" Brown,
one time sheriff of Greenwater, married Stella Fairbanks in 1910
and became Dad Fairbanks' son-in-law. In 1920 Charlie and Stella, after moving around quite
a bit, returned to Shoshone and bought into a partnership with Dad on the town.
The little town developed and expanded. Dad saw potential in
Baker and moved on in 1927.
Charlie became a California state senator and in 1938, town management was turned over to
Charlie's son, Charles. Through the years and following successions the little town remains
in family hands.
It is true I have been in Shoshone Land, but before that, long before, I had seen it through the eyes of ...
interactive aerial photo map