Eastern Mojave Vegetation Barnwell, San Bernardino County, California.

Query: G.N.I.S.

See also: Manvel.

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Originally the headquarters of the Briggs and Murphy Ranch. Joined with other ranches into the Rock Springs Land and Cattle Company in 1894.

The site of Barnwell was reached by the Nevada Southern Railway in 1893. At that time the site was named Manvel for the current president of the Santa Fe railroad.

The railroad was reorganized as the California Eastern Railway in 1895, and the branch line to Searchlight built in 1906-1907.

The name of this site was changed to Barnwell in 1907, named for a telegraph operator stationed there by the railroad company.

Elevation: 4803ft, 1464m.

Articles that refer to this location:

  • Ivanpah Road - Mojave National Preserve: Barnwell
  • Hart Mine Road, San Bernardino County, Colorado: at Barnwell
  • Routes to Desert Watering Places in the Mohave Desert Region, California: at Barnwell

Literature Referring To This Location:

  • Casebier, Dennis G. 1987. Guide to the East Mojave Heritage Trail: Needles to Ivanpah. Tales of the Mojave Road Number Twelve. Norco, California: Tales of the Mojave Road Publishing Company, October 1987. {TAS}
  • Gudde, Erwin G. 1969 (3rd Ed.). California Place Names. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1969. {TAS}
  • Thompson, David G. 1921. Routes to Desert Watering Places in the Mohave Desert Region, California. Water-Supply Paper 490-B.. Washington, DC: United States Geological Survey, 1921. {TAS}

Species collected at or near this location.

This list summarizes plants collected or observed at this specific, named location. It does not include plants collected or observed at nearby named or unnamed locations. It may be more instructive to use the Area Lists that contain this location.

  • TAS – The plant was collected by Tom Schweich.
  • Oth – The plant was collected by someone, but not Tom.
  • Obs – The plant was observed, but not collected.




Ericameria linearifolia (DC.) Urb. & J. Wussow. Narrowleaf Goldenbush (Oth)


Salvia dorrii (Kellogg) Abrams pilosa (A. Gray) J. L. Strachan & Rev. Purple Sage (Oth)


Lycium cooperi A. Gray. Cooper's Box Thorn (Oth)


Yucca baccata Torrey. Banana Yucca (Oth)


Allium nevadense S. Watson nevadense. Nevada Onion (Oth)

Interesting collections made at or near this location:

  • Salvia dorrii (Kellogg) Abrams
    • Annie M. Alexander and Louise Kellogg 424 5/10/1939
    • Katherine Brandegee 0 5/1/1911
Total number of taxa: 5
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Date and time this article was prepared:11:12:19 AM, 5/10/2024.