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Home of the Prehistoric Sinagua Indians

Montezuma's Castle

Montezuma's Castle - Nestled into a limestone recess high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek in the Verde Valley, stands one of the best preserved and most easily accessible cliff ruins in North America. This 5-story, 20-room cliff dwelling served as a "high-rise apartment building" for prehistoric Sinagua Indians more than 600 years ago.

Early settlers to the area assumed that the imposing structure was connected to the Aztec emperor Montezuma, but this "castle" was abandoned almost a century before Montezuma was born. More...

…watch her fly, here comes the Santa Fe.

Santa Fe 95

Western America Rail Museum - WARM: More Than Just a Museum
She sits a little behind the rest of the rolling stock at the Western America Railroad Museum, welcoming visitors in her fading red-and-silver Warbonnet, a sparkle in her 47-year-old eyes.

The old cowboy band Riders in the Sky got it right when they sang,

“…watch her fly, here comes the Santa Fe.
She’s thundering loud, she’s roaring haughty and proud at the break of day.”

There’s nothing like a train. Whether rumbling through a crossing — horn shrieking, gate bells clamoring or sitting peacefully on a track at the local railroad museum, a train can quicken the pulse or simply bring back memories. It doesn’t matter if it is Union Pacific or BNSF. More...

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Bitter Springs Trail

Bitter Springs Trail - Desert mountains, an historic wagon road, an intermittent spring, extraordinary rock formations and, sometimes, bighorn sheep and wild horses.

Bitter Springs Trail, a BLM Backcountry Byway, has all this and more. It's a twenty-eight mile, two-hour journey through the Muddy Mountains of Nevada, an easy day trip when you want a break from the casinos and night life of Las Vegas. It's marked on most maps and is located about forty miles east of Las Vegas, south of Interstate Highway 15, and west of Valley of Fire State Park. More...

100 Years Old 1914 - 2014

Goff's Schoolhouse

Goff's Schoolhouse Turns 100 - Goffs, CA was created in 1883 as a siding at the "Top of the Hill" 30 miles west of Needles. In 1893 a short line, originally called the Nevada Southern Railway, but later the California Eastern Railway, and still later the Searchlight branch of the Santa Fe, was constructed north from Goffs. Consequently Goffs became more than a siding and a place to turn engines that helped trains up from Needles. Soon more and more traffic into the central part of the East Mojave flowed through Goffs. Goffs took on the role as a main entry point into the East Mojave -- a role that continues today.

By 1911 Santa Fe had concentrated at Goffs a sufficient number of employees with families to justify a school. In the fall, classes commenced at Goffs in a rented building. In 1914 the present structure was built on an acre donated by a homesteader. For East Mojave Desert schools it is unique in design (mission style) and construction (wood frame and stucco over steel mesh). It was larger than most schools in isolated desert areas. More...

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