Volunteers at the MHS's Local History Collection constantly receive requests from people looking for photos to supplement books they are writing. We often are asked for information about things that happened in the Mojave Desert in the past, or for help identifying locations in old photographs of the area.
For example, a woman from Minnesota wrote to ask for any information we could provide to help her track down details of a jeep accident that occurred in the area during the filming of Rat Patrol, a 1960's era television program. After poring through microfiche film of local newspapers from that time period, our researchers were able to locate the information requested.
An author contacted us for detailed maps of the John Brown Toll Road through the Cajon Pass. Because of the accuracy of the historical maps we provided, that author will be able to write a truly authentic account of the route and road conditions faced by travelers undertaking to cross the Southern California mountains and desert in the late 1800s.
More recently, we were asked by Wells Fargo Bank if we could provide iconic historical photographs to be used in a mural for a new branch being planned for Apple Valley. And we provided a model railway enthusiast with 1902 blueprints of the Station Yard in Victorville, which he will use to build a scale model replica.
Our volunteers are not paid and there is no charge for research services rendered to the public. However, in lieu of payment, we suggest that people make a donation to the Mohahve Historical Society or to the Friends of the Victor Valley College Library. The mailing addresses are provided below for your convenience.
Write "Donation" on the memo line of your check or money order.
Mohahve Historical Society
P.O. Box 21
Victorville, CA 92393
Write "Friends of the Library" on the memo line
18422 Bear Valley Road
Victorville, CA 92395