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Mohahve Series Books

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MOHAHVE reprints
     Mohahve I     …………………… $20
     Mohahve II    ……………………$15
     Mohahve III  …………………… $20
     Mohahve IV……………………...$15
     Mohahve V……………………….$18
        Index to I-V…………………….$ 7

Online price for the set of five with index is $95. Tax and shipping included.

 

MOHAHVE VI

Several  of the writers of Mohahve VI share their own memories of the 1950s in  the high desert, including a homesteader.  Other articles include the  history of an early founder of Hesperia, an 1898 train robbery in Oro  Grande, a W.W. 2 plane crash, local cowboys and cowboy wisdom, a  notorious bigamist and contentious neighbor in the late 1880s, and  accounts of other notable people who contributed to high desert history.


This  book is available for $15 including tax at the Mohahve Historical Society’s monthly meetings at the Redeemer Church in Apple Valley (See Home Page for dates and address), or by calling  760-961-9343.  

For mail orders add $4 for shipping and handling.

20% discount for MHS members.

For local delivery, call Fran at 760-961-9343.

Rancho Yucca Loma

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Rancho Yucca Loma

by Fran Elgin 

Guest ranches were popular in the Victor Valley area of southern California in the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s, but the most popular was probably the Yucca Loma Guest Ranch in Apple Valley. During its heyday between the early 1920s through the early 1950s, many movie stars and other famous people flocked there. This is the story of how, around 1910, a young woman had a vision of a place for mental healing at a time when many doctors only treated outward symptoms. Soon the ranch's reputation became known as a refuge for others, a place to escape from Hollywood or other city pressures. Clark Gable and Loretta Young were regular visitors. Several books and screenplays were written here. During World War II the hostess offered service men and their families a place to stay. Oral interviews, newspaper articles, and written accounts are well documented.


Rancho Yucca Loma is now available at a reduced price. The cost is $15 (tax included).

Postage is extra or pickup at the monthly meeting.

Fran Elgin donates all the profits from sale of this book to the Mohahve Historical Society. Your purchase helps support this invaluable organization.


To order send check or money order for $15.00 (which includes 8% tax) plus $5 per book for shipping and handling to:

Mohahve Historical Society

P.O. Box 21

Victorville, CA 92393


Make check payable to Mohahve Historical Society.

Email mohahve@verizon.net for further information.


Rancho Yucca Loma is also available at  Amazon.com by clicking the link below.

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HISTORY OF VICTOR VALLEY

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History of Victor Valley

By Dr. Edward Leo Lyman


This beautifully illustrated hardbound book covers the history of the Victor Valley, the gateway to the magnificent Mojave Desert. Renowned author and historian Dr. Edward Leo Lyman has spent years researching the history of the region, and is one of the foremost experts on the heritage of the desert southwest. 


The book begins with the earliest inhabitants of the region, and documents the pioneers, settlers, ranchers, and developers who built the valley into a thriving desert oasis. The book contains numerous historic maps, documents and photos of the region that bring the history of the Victor Valley and surrounding areas to life. 


The Mohahve Historical Society and the Victor Valley College Library Local History Collection have provided a treasure trove of photos that make this volume a "must read" for anyone interested in local history. 


409 pages with endnotes, appendices, and index.


To order send check or money order for $20.00 (which includes 8% tax) plus $5 per book for shipping and handling to:

Mohahve Historical Society

P.O. Box 21

Victorville, CA 92393


This beautiful book was initially intended to sell for $50 but has been REDUCED TO $20 FOR A LIMITED TIME and THRU THIS WEBSITE ONLY!  


Make check payable to Mohahve Historical Society.

Email mohahve@verizon.net for further information.


History of Victor Valley is also available at Amazon.com by clicking the link below. Dr. Lyman donates all the profits from sale of this book to the Mohahve Historical Society. Your purchase helps support this invaluable organization.

Oder "History of Victor Valley" Here

Pioneer of the Mojave: The Life and Times of Aaron G. Lane

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Pioneer of the Mojave: The Life and Times of Aaron G. Lane

by Richard Thompson and Kathryn Thompson

This well-documented history is a gold mine of information about the settlement of the California Mojave Desert in the area north of the San Bernardino Mountains. The story tells about the Mojave River way stations and homesteads that would one day become the towns of Victorville, Oro Grande, Bryman and Helendale. 


Aaron G. Lane was the first permanent settler on the High Desert. He operated a way station at Lane's Crossing that was at the center of activity for immigration and freighting along the Mojave Road and Salt Lake Road. He came to the desert in 1858, and it was a desolate and dangerous place. Many of the travelers who managed to reach his way station told horrifying stories of their hardships and deprivations during their grueling trek across the desert. 


Not long after Lane's arrival on the desert, other pioneers began settling downstream on the Mojave River. This book tells of the difficulties and dangers these early pioneers faced. It covers the development of the High Desert community up until the mid-1880s, with information on the Mormon pioneers of the area, mining, the Civil War years on the desert, Mormon horse thieves, Indians and Indian attacks, the development of the Cajon Pass Road, and early politics and education.


Click the links below for more very interesting reading.

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Pioneer of the Mojave: The Life and Times of Aaron G. Lane is also available on Amazon.com by clicking the link below.

Pioneer of the Mojave: The Life and Times of Aaron Lane