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Book STORE

This is only a partial list of what is available in our bookstore. To purchase any of these items, you can call us with a credit card, mail your request with a check, or use the below links to check-out via PayPal.

If you are looking for a book that's not listed here, email or call us at and we will do our best to find it for you.

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SPECIAL DEAL

All six volumes of Bill Mann’s guidebooks for $100!

MOJAVE DESERT BOOKS

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A Flower-Watcher's Guide to Wildflowers of the Western Mojave Desert

Includes an emphasis on uses by Native Americans.


Author: Milt Stark, Photography by Milt Stark & Marie Zaferis

Publisher: Milt Stark - #001

Soft Cover

$12.95
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A Railroader's Family Life in the Mojave Desert

One family's journey from the heart of Mexico to the heart of the Mojave; a Mexican-American saga.

Author: Ruben "Benny" Arredondo

Publisher: Casa Arredondo - #002
 

Soft Cover

$18.00
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Barstow Depots & Harvey Houses

A history of Casa del Desierto from 1886 and the successful efforts to save it from the wrecking ball.


Author: Germaine L. Ramouonachou Moon
 

Publisher: Mojave River Valley Museum - #003

Soft Cover

$10.00
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Calico Memories

The history of Calico as written by a woman who was there and as told to her niece Nellie Laird.


Author: Lucy Bell Lane. Edited by Phyllis Kolbly, Patricia Schoffstall, Alan Baltazar

Publisher: Mojave River Valley Museum - #004

Soft Cover

$20.00
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Desert Soliloquy

A Perfectly Sane Misanthrope Hides in the Desert


Author: David Rice - Autographed by the Author.

Publisher: Desertphile Publishing - #028

Soft Cover

$16.00
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Guide to 50 Interesting & Mysterious Sites in the Mojave (Vol. 1)

Shortfuse says "Traveling unprepared in the vast Mojave Desert could be hazardous to your health".


Author: Bill (Shortfuse) Mann. Drawings by Rocky Johnson

Publisher: Mojave River Valley Museum - #006

Soft Cover

$20.00
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Guide to 50 Interesting & Mysterious Sites in the Mojave (Vol. 2)

Covers areas around Newberry Springs, Baker, Turquoise Mountain, Shoshone, Tecopa, Valley Wells, and Mountain Pass.


Author: Bill (Shortfuse) Mann. Drawings by Rocky Johnson

Publisher: Mojave River Valley Museum - #007

Soft Cover

$20.00
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Guide to the Calicos: Ghost Mining Camps & Scenic Areas (Vol. 3)

Covers prominent ghost towns and scenic areas of the Calico Mountains.


Author: Bill (Shortfuse) Mann. Drawings by Rocky Johnson

Publisher: Mojave River Valley Museum - #008

Soft Cover

$20.00
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Guide to the Remote & Mysterious Saline Valley (Vol. 4)

Covers areas around Saline Valley, Hunter Canyon, McElvoy Canyon, Willow Creek, and Beveridge.


Author: Bill (Shortfuse) Mann. Drawings by Rocky Johnson

Publisher: Mojave River Valley Museum - #009

Soft Cover

$20.00
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Guide to the Beautiful & Historic Lucerne Valley & Vicinity (Vol. 5)

Covers areas within Lucerne Valley, the surrounding desert and mountain ranges.


Author: Bill (Shortfuse) Mann. Drawings by Rocky Johnson

Publisher: Mojave River Valley Museum - #010

Soft Cover

$20.00
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Guide to Big Bear and Its Hidden Treasures (Vol. 6)

Covers areas within the Big Bear Mountains and surrounding forests and mountain ranges.


Author: Bill (Shortfuse) Mann. Drawings by Rocky Johnson

Publisher: Mojave River Valley Museum - #011

Soft Cover

$20.00
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Images of America: Barstow

A history of Barstow, California, in pictures and words.


Authors: Christine Toppenberg & Donald Atkinson

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing - #012

Soft Cover

$21.99
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Into The Jaws of Hell

Jefferson Hunt: The Death Valley '49ers wagon train & his adventures in California, 1846-1857.

Author: Tom Sutak

Publisher: Pine Tree Publishing - #013

Soft Cover

$15.00
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Mojave Desert Dictionary (Second Edition)

Over 7,000 listings of what used to be and what still is in San Bernardino County's Mojave Desert. Contains everything the First Edition did plus much more.

Author: Patricia Schoffstall

Publisher: Mojave River Valley Museum - #014

Soft Cover

$22.00
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Mojave Desert Voices: The Jaramillo, Olguin, Yslas, Luna, and Arredondo Families

Family stories plus Route 66 connections, Santa Fe Railroad, and World War II ties.


Editor: Clifford J. Walker

Publisher: Mojave River Valley Museum - #015

Soft Cover

$14.00
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Once Upon A Desert (Third Edition)

This is by no means a complete history, but presents storied selections from a vast area of the Greater Mojave Desert from 1776 to 1976.


Editor: Patricia Jernigan Keeling

Publisher: Mojave River Valley Museum - #016 - #017

Soft Cover         Hard Cover

$17.00     $25.00
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One Eye Closed The Other Red. The California Bootlegging Years (Second Edition)

Includes eye witness accounts of one of the most important periods of California's 20th century - bootlegging, rum running, and moonshining - the Roaring 20s.


Author: Clifford J. Walker

Publisher: Back Door Publishing - #018

Soft Cover

$22.00
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Pilgrims in The Desert

An early history of the East Mojave Desert and the Baker, California, area.

 

Author: Le Hayes

Publisher: Mojave River Valley Museum - #019

Soft Cover

$19.95
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Plants of the East Mojave

The Los Angeles Times: "Adrienne can add new dimensions to a trip through the Mojave".

 

Author: Adrienne Knute. Photography by Adrienne Knute, drawings by Carl Faber

Publisher: Mojave River Valley Museum - #020

Soft Cover

$12.95
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Super Chief Cook Book of Famous Fred Harvey Recipes

A 22-page authentic photo reproduction of the original Santa Fe Railway book

Publisher: Mojave River Valley Museum - #021

Soft Cover

$7.00
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The Earp Clan: The Southern California Years

The story of the legendary family's many years in San Bernardino County.

 

Author: Nicolas R. Cataldo

Publisher: Back Roads Press - #022

Soft Cover

$19.95
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The Land of Little Rain

A captivating mixture of fact, mysticism, and fiction that was first published in 1903. Illustrated with 100 photos of the Mojave Desert.

 

Author: Mary Hunter Austin. Photography by Walter Feller

Publisher: Counterpoint Press - #023

Hard Cover

$40.00
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The Silence & The Sun (Second Edition)

An historic account of people, places, and events on Old Route 66 and railroad communities in the Eastern Mojave Desert.

 

Author: Joe De Kehoe

Publisher: Trails End Publishing - #024

Soft Cover

$29.95
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The Three Churches of St. Joseph's. Volume 1: The Early Years

The history of Barstow's Catholic Church from 1914 to 1941.

 

Author: Phyllis S. Kolbly

Publisher: Phyllis S. Kolbly - #025

Soft Cover

$15.00
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The Three Churches of St. Joseph's. Volume 2: Coming of Age

The history of Barstow's Catholic Church from 1942 to 1966.

 

Author: Phyllis S. Kolbly

Publisher: Phyllis S. Kolbly - #026

Soft Cover

$20.00
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The Three Churches of St. Joseph's. Volume 3: a Dynamic Time

The history of Barstow's Catholic Church from 1967 to 1989.

 

Author: Phyllis S. Kolbly

Publisher: Phyllis S. Kolbly - #027

Soft Cover

$20.00

In the early 1960s archaeologists, anthropologists and historians (both amateur and professional) were studying, locating and collecting many types and ages of artifacts, and several people were researching and writing about the history of the Mojave Desert. Many of these people were friends of each other and members of the San Bernardino County Museum.

The Barstow Women's Club started this Museum Association by building an Historic Monument and installing it at the corner of Virginia Way and Barstow Road, the future location of our current Museum. They also installed the native rock walls and walks that are still a main part of our front yard.

In 1966 several interested local people contacted the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands and with their approval we built a 20 foot by 30 foot building and became the Mojave River Valley Museum Chapter of the San Bernardino County Museum Association.

The Barstow Kiwanis Club, with the help of the Optimist and the Rotary Clubs, organized our first Annual Barbeque to raise money for the building. The Rainbow Girls and other local youth groups sold small paper bricks for $1.00 each to pay for a real brick and a bit of cement for construction.

Since then we have separated from the San Bernardino County Museum Association and are independent and self-supporting, staffed entirely by volunteers. We have expanded our building to more than 4,000 square feet of museum, including a Gift Shop and a Book Store that carries nearly 500 titles.

We are open from 11 am to 4 pm seven days a week; closing only for major Holidays, and admission is always free.

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