The History of Daggett

The town of Daggett, located within the southwestern corner of the Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County, California, was built primarily as a railroad stop servicing the nearby town of Calico.  The town was originally named Calico Junction, but was changed to Daggett in honor of then Lt. Gov. John Daggett who had mining interests in the area.  The railroad was built in 1883 by the Southern Pacific as part of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad line, which was almost immediately purchased by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad.  Daggett still exists today as a living ghost town maintaining several buildings on the California Register of Historic Points of Interest. Daggett has not only been used as location for movie filming, but many of the original stories involving Death Valley used in the radio and television show Death Valley Days actually came from Daggett.  Aaron Winters, discoverer of Borax in Death Valley, at one time owned the old Railroad Hotel renaming it to the Stone Hotel, and Death Valley Scotty had a permanent room at the Stone Hotel for when he was not at "Scotty's Castle" in Death Valley.