Amboy, California it was a great place to live. It is located in eastern part of the hot and dry Mojave Desert. It was said the town was established in the year 1858. Now I'm sure you can go back thousands of years to track the local natives in the area also there is natural evidence of a small but violent volcano eruption that could of taken place anywhere from 500 and up to 10,000 years ago. But we'll just start around the late 1800's. Around 1853 the plans to bring the Atlantic and Pacific Railway through the Mojave Desert were set in motion. During this time the native tribes that occupied the lands near southwestern Arizona and southeastern part of California were the Chemehuevi tribes also called the Mohave's. The elders in the tribe spoke from their native tongue. The younger generation learned the english language and adapted to the current times. The tribes had ancient trails around the Mojave Desert and were known to travel these trails conducting trades along the way. They would carry salt and other craft made by the tribe elders. It was said that in 1853 the Mohave tribes were the people who led the U.S. government surveyors on a journey to show the them their path to the coastal waters. The path was known as the Old Mojave Road. It made sense for the construction to follow a similar alignment but with ribbons of steel. "Railroad Tracks" to bring those earth pounding steam Locomotives pulling tons of weight chugging with speed and taking the area away from "The old way of the life," that was known, into a new future. The railroad company workers are responsible for staking most of the East Mojave towns. To keep track of the water sidings the towns were named in an order as follows Amboy, Bolo renamed Bristol, then Chambless, Danby, Essex, Fenner, and Goffs, and so on. More water sidings were added as needed for the thirsty locomotives. Each small siding near the railroad tracks has it's own great beautiful story. Following the alignment of the new rail tracks also brought a new cleared path highway that was to be destined National Trails Highway. Soon after the tracks were commissioned for business in 1883 the small local mining businesses started to boom. The supply and demand of the local miners instantly made use of the railroad system. Some of the great mineral discoveries took place in the immediate area. Some as close as 6-10 miles away from Amboy's present location. Most of the open precious metal mines in production during this time were very rich producers. There was a few that only had a spurt of richness in a short amount of time an example was the Orange Blossom mines. There were actually 10 claims in the Orange Blossom Mining District. Those claims are actually credited for the establishing of Amboy as a town. They were located just a day's hike in the mountains about 6 miles north of present day Amboy.