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 a 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.
1. Stone Hotel - built 1883 as a two-story Railroad Hotel and Eating House, the Eating House on the first floor also served as a saloon. after a fire in 1890, the saloon was converted to hotel rooms. Death Valley Scotty had a permanent room in the hotel. A fire in 1908 reduced the building to one story.
2. Thistle General Merchandise and Notions - built in 1908 to replace the People's General Store.
3. The Desert Market - built in 1908 as the Ryerse & Co. General Store. Original site of the Capitol Lodging House.
4. Alf's Blacksmith Shop - Rebuilt in 1894 after a fire. Alf built many of the well-known Borax wagons seen in promotional photos of 20-Mule Team Borax.
6. Fout's Garage - Before being moved to its present location, this building sat at one end of the Daggett - Yermo Road Bridge over the Mojave River and as a round-house for the Waterloo Mine's narrow gauge railroad (1888-1903). After it was moved, it served as an early garage for the National Old Trails Highway (Later Route 66), and a dirt-floor grocery store. It became Fout's Garage in the 1940s.
9. Original Assay Office - Located in the east wing of the house.
10. / 11. Historic homes dating to the 1880s. 12. / 13. / 14. Early solar energy generating projects.
15. Daggett Ditch / Minneola Canal - First water irrigation system in the high desert. Begun in the 1890s.
16. American Borax Works, formerly the Columbia Works. 1890s.
17. Daggett - Barstow Airport. 1930s. 18. Mojave River
19. Daggett Museum and CSD Office - The Daggett Museum features historical artifacts on local mining, railroads, people important to local and regional history.
The History of Daggett