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MOJAVE IS A TOWN, NOT JUST A DESERT

Mojave, hear that word and you think of the California desert. Well, you are right, but there is a town in the high desert called Mojave. This Mojave had its beginnings in 1876 with the building of a construction camp for the Southern Pacific Railroad. The claim to fame was the destination point for the famous "twenty-mule team" borax wagon route that started from the Harmony Borax Works in Death Valley over 165 miles away. That was a long haul for a mule team in 1884 that lasted until 1889. Mojave also played a major role in water for the Los Angeles area as it was the headquarters for the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

Being out in the high desert made for ideal conditions for aircraft and later spacecraft. Edwards Air Force base, where the USA western space shuttle landings would occur,is close by to Mojave. The Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake is also nearby. Aerospace is not through in Mojave as the airport at Mojave is not only an aircraft storage area (you can see the many aircraft from Hwy 14, but is also home to various companies and now the Mojave Spaceport, the location of the first private spaceflight, the launch of SpaceShipOne on June 21, 2004. Speaking of flight, Mojave was home to the Rutan Voyager, the first aircraft to fly around the world nonstop and unrefueled. So, to the untrained eye, Mojave doesn't have much going for it, but to the world of flight, this is one mighty important town. There is lots to do around the area of Mojave being only 20 miles to Tehachapi, 60 miles to Bakersfield, 70 miles to Barstow (the route to Las Vegas), 30 miles to Lancaster and then Palmdale with Los Angeles some 90 miles away. Many interesting sites are in the area as well, such as Red Rock Canyon or the wind turbines on the hills.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A GREAT AREA FOR AEROSPACE INDUSTRY
  • Cons:NOT MUCH TO DO IN TOWN
  • In a nutshell:STILL THE BOONDOCKS BUT TRYING TO GROW
  • Intro Written Jan 24, 2011
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    If I get back west this is my next desired place to visit. Good description, and love chicken fried steak. i note you have been to Nevada City and Auburn. I just got back in Sept and these were my favorite towns to see/do

    • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
      Oct 24, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      Nearby to Mojave is the quaint town of Tehachapi. I enjoyed the down home feel of their downtown and the wine region. Worth a side trip, if in the area.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Great page Larry. Some folks just drive by this little unknown gem. Mike's Peddlecar Cafe is one of our favorite.

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