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Alexander Wagon Restored


30 May 2011. Hugh Brown horses around with John Harrington, Jo Ann Casebier, Lena the dog, and the historic Alexander Wagon donated by Dottie Lewis and restored by John Harrington. (Photo by Dennis G. Casebier)

Restored Alexander WagonSome of you may remember that about a year ago (as reported in the Mojave Road Report) a crew went up to Pinto Valley to the property of Dottie Lewis and retrieved a wagon she had donated to us. This wagon was hand-built by Pinto Valley homesteader Julius Alexander in the mid-1920s.

When we brought it down to Goffs it was in very bad condition. Most of the wood had rotted. John Harrington was looking for a challenging project. He took on the task of restoring that wagon. You see the result in the photo above. John estimates he spent about 1,200 hours working on the restoration.

Restored Alexander Wagon on displayThe wagon is now on display in Goffs as a testimonial to Julius Alexander’s workmanship, to Dottie Lewis’ generosity, and to John Harrington’s craftsmanship.

American Boy Stamp Mill Erected


10 March 2012. Once again, the skyline of Goffs has changed. (Photo by Dennis G. Casebier)

Flag draped American Boy MillYesterday, the American Boy Stamp Mill crew from Phoenix, Arizona, were here for several days working on the mill. During the day they got the two battery boxes and the main frame of the mill set up on the foundation. It was a delicate operation because the battery boxes had to fit down perfectly over an array of threaded bolts sticking up out of the concrete. It worked perfectly, thanks for the careful measuring and positioning of the bolts prior to pouring of the concrete last October.

Then today, we were all out at the mill site early while the Rock’s Crane Service crew lifted the big bull wheels and cam shafts into place on the frame. That was another delicate operation that took a couple of hours. This is a major step forward but, as Charlie Connell cautions us, there is a lot of work yet to do. It will likely be a year or more before we’ll be able to throw a switch and operate this huge machine. But we got much of the heavy lifting done today.

The American Boy Stamp Mill crew, headed up by Charlie Connell with wife Kathy, were Morris Jackson, Roger Camplin, Jerry Ohlund, and Stuart Harrah, supported by Ed Ditmer, Gail Andress, Nance Fite, and Mickey Thompson. Rock’s Crane Service consisted of Dave Rock, Mike Rock, and Jimmy Howell, from Bullhead City, Arizona.

See the American Boy Stamp Mill report.

Metal Building


29 March 2012. A Door Company puts the final touches installing the roll-up door on the new metal building. (Photo by Dennis G. Casebier)

Finished Metal BuildingShane Brown, Jake Harmon and John Veria from H.S. Brown Construction erected a large metal Quonset hut-shaped building procured for us by MDHCA Director John M. Fickewirth.

Over the course of one month the construction crew got the building up. Starting the week of March 5, they worked on the intricate framing needed for the concrete base of the metal building.

Finishing concrete for the metal building slabOn March 9, two work crews received two concrete trucks laden with 10 yards of concrete to pour the metal building slab. By March 29 the building was completed.

Rendezvous 2013


September 28-29, 2013. Slideshow of the 34th Mojave Road Rendezvous held at the Goffs Cultural Center.

See the full story on the proceedings of the 34th Mojave Road Rendezvous in Mojave Road Report #296.

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Tales of the Mojave Road: The Military

Tales of the Mojave Road: The MilitaryTALES OF THE MOJAVE ROAD:

Hardbound Collectors Edition!

24 April 2007. New Mojave Road history by Dennis Casebier released.

In 1859, the U. S. Army began establishing a line of fortifications stretching across the East Mojave Desert to protect settlers, miners, and the mails from Indian resistance. This is the story of the Americans who built, manned, and in some cases, deserted, these lonely posts marking a path of western migration across a harsh and unforgiving land.

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