“The big snow of the Mojave” – in March,1896.

“The big snow of the Mojave” – in March,1896. The snow covered main street of Mojave, CA.

About the author

Jim Mattern

Jim is a scapegoat for the NPS, an author, adventurer, photographer, radio personality, guide, and location scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, ghost towns, mines, and natural wonders in the American Deserts.

  • Jessie Wych

    I got lost in a white-out blizzard in 2009 on Yucca Mesa, a few miles northeast of Yucca Valley.

    • Glad you were found :)

      • Jessie Wych

        I found me! I might have exaggerated a little telling the story, but after all I’m a desert rat. Grin.


    Damn that looks cold!!!

  • pat

    I’d say that it must have been hard for them to cope with, but people back then were “made of much sturdier stock.” I love old photos like this one and the others you’ve been posting.

    • Yes, people were stronger and more willed back in those times. Today we are such pussies.

      • pat

        that is so true!

      • SilenceIsConsent

        Isn’t that the truth. I knew I went “country” when I dug my first post hole, mixed the concrete and plumbed it myself.