A Few Things About The Mohahve Historical Society

Local History Room


MHS maintains a large archive of local history which is located in the "Local History Room" at the Victor Valley College Library in Victorville. The archives are available for research by appointment.

Historical Content Presentations


We strive to get interesting speakers for our regular meetings. Subjects vary but we try to focus the topics on historical subjects concerning the Mojave Desert and adjacent areas.  



We have a variety of books for sale, including the Mohahve Series, of which History of Victor Valley by Dr. Edward Leo Lyman is the most noted. There are also books authored by some of our members.

Guest Speakers


Each month we invite a different guest speaker to deliver a lecture at our general meeting. Past speakers have included experts on topics such as Mitchell Caverns, the Mojave National Preserve, the saga of Willie Boy, Wildland Fires, Movie Making in the Victor Valley, Big Horn Sheep, and the Mojave River as a Natural Resource, among countless other subjects.

Please click the link below to find out more about our distinguished speakers and their fascinating topics.

Photo Collection

Seventh Street, Victorville.
MHS/VVC/LHC archives.

Our photo collection has been moved to the Victor Valley College Library's Local History Room, which is maintained by volunteers from the Mohahve Historical Society. 

The collection contains many old photos of the local Mojave Desert area that have been donated by longtime residents or their families.

With the move completed, the photos are now available for public viewing and reference work by appointment during normal operating hours. 

Call VVC Librarian Leslie Huiner at  (760) 245-4271, extension 2262 to make an appointment.

November Presentation Good Samaritans of Death Valley


 The Mohahve Historical Society will hold their monthly meeting on Thurs.  Nov. 21 at 7:00 P.M. at the Redeemer Church in Apple Valley. Members  and visitors are welcome to arrive at 6:30 so the meeting can start  promptly at 7:00. The program, presented by John Marnell, will give a presentation on Lou Wescott Beck and his dog Rufus.   Lou Beck had experience as a miner. Both he and Rufus wandered around the Panamint Mountains, first in the hunt for gold which then turned into a desperate search for water. Beck had come face to face with the suffering imposed by life-threatening thirst. It was at that time he vowed to help others suffering a similar circumstance, and, took upon himself the life-saving work of posting signs to desert water. Beck, with Rufus at his side, continued this for the remainder of his life.   Newspapers and magazines picked up his story. He and Rufus traveled the country giving talks to raise money to enable them to continue their work on the Southern California deserts. At the Mohahve Historical Society presentation on November 21st, John Marnell will tell the Beck and Rufus story in detail, using many of Beck’s original photographs, including images of the duo marching in the famous Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.