Contents 1 History 2 Airport 3 Schools 4 Demographics 5 Solar power generation 6 Railroads 7 Cemetery 8 Trivia 9 Climate 10 See also 11 References 12 Further reading


History[edit] The town was founded in the 1880s just after the discovery of silver in the mines near Calico to the north. In 1882, the Southern Pacific Railroad with the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad (Later Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, BNSF) from Mojave was being completed in the area and it was thought that a good name for the town would be Calico Junction. But this name would be too confusing since it was right next to Calico, where the silver was uncovered. It was decided to name the city after then Lieutenant Governor of California, John Daggett, during the Spring of 1883. There were plans to make Daggett the main station of the area and to have a railyard there to handle the heavy trains coming from the East, but due to the silver mining making the prices of land go too high, the ATSF moved up to Barstow, California and established the main rail station there. In 1903, the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad (later Union Pacific Railroad) also built their line from Las Vegas through Daggett to reach Los Angeles, California and East San Pedro by borrowing trackage of the ATSF through to Barstow to allow the servicing of their engines at the roundhouse located there. Borax was also important to Daggett's economy and the town's history. For two years, it was the terminal of the twenty-mule team run from Death Valley, but after one of their swampers William Pitt was lynched, the Pacific Borax Company made the terminal in Mojave. And later on in 1891, Francis Marion Smith the 'Borax King' moved down to Daggett from Death Valley's Harmony Borax Works to install mining operations at a borax came called Borate, which was located about three miles east of Calico. This operation required many laborers to come and help, it was reported that Pacific Coast Borax Company employed nearly 200 men to work in the mines. At first, the borax was hauled by the then-soon-to-be-famous 20 Mule Team, but Smith sought to replace the mules with more cheaper, efficient means of transportation. The Borate and Daggett Railroad was built in 1898 to take over the duty of hauling boraxfrom the mules. Daggett became quite a big city in the 1890s, boasting to have three stores, two restaurants, three saloons, three hotels, a lumberyard, and even a Chinese eating place. But after 1911 when richer borax deposits were discovered north of Daggett in Death Valley at the Lila C. Mines, all the mining operations were moved up there which caused Daggett to go into a steady decline which continues even to this day. But after the establishment of the solar energy plants, Daggett still struggles to hang on to life and there are still some people which travel through the town to reach Yermo, California and Las Vegas today.


Airport[edit] Daggett is the location of Barstow-Daggett Airport. The facility is a general aviation airport serving the Barstow area. It is also the regional weather information center. The airport was built as a modification center for the Douglas A-20 Havoc bomber aircraft that were sent to Russia as part of the Lend-Lease program during World War II.


Schools[edit] Daggett is part of the Silver Valley Unified School District. The Silver Valley High School is located at 35484 Daggett/Yermo Rd, Daggett, CA 92327, (760) 254-2963.


Demographics[edit] As of 2003, 1000 people lived in Daggett, though nearly 1500 live in the surrounding area. Only about 200 people actually live in the town.[citation needed] The town's elevation is approximately 2,000 feet (610 m).


Solar power generation[edit] The world's first commercial solar power plants, SEGS I (built in 1984) and SEGS II (built in 1985) of the SEGS network are located in Daggett.[1] Daggett was also home to a unique solar thermal energy plant named Solar One, a pilot project which was operational from 1982 to 1986. The plant used mirror-like heliostats to aim sunlight at a collecting sphere located on a solar power tower (a type of solar furnace), through which oil flowed. The large quantity of sunlight reflected on the sphere superheated the oil, which was then used to create steam for power generation. The plant was upgraded in 1995 as part of the Solar Two project. Solar Two substituted molten salt compounds instead of oil as an energy storage medium. During calibration of the power plant's thousands of heliostats, a ball of glowing light was sometimes seen in the nearby area. This effect was caused by the heliostats focusing sunlight onto a specific point. As the intensity of the light increased, it reflected off dust in the desert air. This phenomenon was sometimes seen by passersby on the nearby Interstate 40 and 15.[citation needed] Solar Two was decommissioned in 1999, and the facility was converted in 2001 into a gamma-ray astronomy telescope. The facility is now known as CACTUS (Converted Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescope Using Solar-2).[2] CACTUS, which is operated by the University of California, Davis but owned by Southern California Edison,[3] operated from late 2004 until late 2005.[4] On November 25, 2009, the Solar Two tower was demolished[5] The site was levelled by Southern California Edison. All heliostats and other hardware were removed. Plans are in place to develop a training facility for Southern California Edison to train personnel on construction and maintenance of high power transmission lines and towers.[citation needed]


Railroads[edit] Daggett is a station on the BNSF Railway on the Needles Subdivision. Trains are frequent on the line as this line goes to Chicago, it is also a junction of the Union Pacific's Cima subdivision, the former LA&SL, line from Salt Lake City, Utah via Las Vegas, Nevada. The UP runs via trackagage rights on the BNSF and goes to Riverside, California. Back in its heyday, Daggett had two narrow gauge railroads, the Borate and Daggett Railroad and the Waterloo Mining Railroad, both built to export silver and borax ore out of the Calico Mountains several miles north. Both were 3 ft gauge, and both were serviced by two steam locomotives each. But after 1907, both of these railroads were closed down and abandoned due to the mining companies moving on to greener pastures found to the north in Death Valley. The old railroad beds can still be traced in some places in the desert, but now most of the old grades have been paved over to support cars and off-road vehicles.


Cemetery[edit] The Daggett Cemetery, which features graves dating back to the early 1900s, is located at 34°51′31″N 116°52′48″W / 34.85861°N 116.88000°W / 34.85861; -116.88000.[6]


Trivia[edit] Daggett appears in The Cardigans' video for "Favorite Game." The 1940 movie The Grapes of Wrath used the Daggett as a filming location.[7]


Climate[edit] According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Daggett has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[8]


See also[edit] Inland Empire portal


References[edit] ^ Solar Energy Generating Systems ^ "History of Solar Two". Archived from the original on August 10, 2009.  ^ "Solar Two Experimental Solar Facility". Retrieved 2009-05-29.  ^ "History of Solar Two". Archived from the original on July 3, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-20.  ^ "Going out with a bang | bang, daggett, going - Top Story". Desert Dispatch. 2009-11-24. Archived from the original on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2012-01-06.  ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Daggett Cemetery ^ IMDb The Grapes of Wrath locations, IMDb ^ Climate Summary for Daggett, California


Further reading[edit] Van Dyke, Dix; Wild, Peter (editor) (1997). Daggett: Life in a Mojave Frontier. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 183. ISBN 978-0801856259 OCLC 36178998, 605563047, 658057160 (print and on-line) Reviewed by: Steeples, Douglas (April 1, 2000, copyright Summer 2008). "Daggett: Life in a Mojave Frontier Town." Montana: The Magazine of Western History. Montana Historical Society. OCLC 4894630759 and Yardley, Jonathan. (December 17, 1997). "Desert Solitaire; A Quirky Chronicle of Life in the Mojave". The Washington Post. Washingtonpost Newsweek Interactive. Both retrieved February 3, 2013 from HighBeam Research v t e Municipalities and communities of San Bernardino County, California, United States County seat: San Bernardino Cities and towns Adelanto Apple Valley Barstow Big Bear Lake Chino Chino Hills Colton Fontana Grand Terrace Hesperia Highland Loma Linda Montclair Needles Ontario Rancho Cucamonga Redlands Rialto San Bernardino Twentynine Palms Upland Victorville Yucaipa Yucca Valley CDPs Baker Big Bear City Big River Bloomington Bluewater Crestline Fort Irwin Homestead Valley Joshua Tree Lake Arrowhead Lenwood Lucerne Valley Lytle Creek Mentone Morongo Valley Mountain View Acres Muscoy Oak Glen Oak Hills Phelan Piñon Hills Running Springs San Antonio Heights Searles Valley Silver Lakes Spring Valley Lake Wrightwood Unincorporated communities Afton Amboy Angelus Oaks Argus Arrowhead Highlands Arrowhead Junction Arrowbear Lake Arrowhead Farms Baldy Mesa Bell Mountain Blue Jay Bryman Cadiz Cajon Junction Cedar Glen Cedarpines Park Cima Crafton Crest Park Cushenbury Daggett Danby Declezville Devore Earp El Mirage Essex Fawnskin Fenner Forest Falls Goffs Green Valley Lake Guasti Halloran Springs Havasu Lake Helendale Hinkley Hodge Ivanpah Johnson Valley Kramer Kramer Hills Kramer Junction La Delta Landers Ludlow Mojave Heights Mount Baldy Mountain Home Village Mountain Pass Newberry Springs Nipton Oro Grande Parker Dam Parker Junction Patton Pioneer Point Pioneertown Red Mountain Rimforest Skyforest Sugarloaf Sunfair Sunfair Heights Trona Twin Peaks Venus Vidal Vidal Junction Wild Crossing Wonder Valley Yermo Zzyzx Indian reservations Chemehuevi Reservation Fort Mojave Indian Reservation Ghost towns Agua Mansa Atolia Bagdad Barnwell Beal Belleville Calico Chambless Chimehuevis Landing Crucero Hart Ivanpah Kelso Lanfair Milligan Olive City Pasinogna Politana Prado Providence Ragtown Rice Rincon Seventeen Mile Point Siberia Silver Lake Vanderbilt Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Daggett,_California&oldid=820465148" Categories: Populated places in the Mojave DesertUnincorporated communities in San Bernardino County, CaliforniaUnincorporated communities in CaliforniaHidden categories: Articles needing additional references from May 2014All articles needing additional referencesCoordinates on WikidataAll articles with unsourced statementsArticles with unsourced statements from April 2014Articles with unsourced statements from October 2011


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