At mile 70 on the Mojave Road you find Marl Springs. Marl Springs was a vital watering hole on the Mojave Road, next water was 30 miles away at Soda Springs.
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On October 17, 1867, when the little stone outpost building with the associated corral was being completed at the upper spring, a band of desert Indians, estimated at 20 to 30, attacked the station. This may be the only occasion on which the desert Indians attacked a fortified position along the Mojave Road in California. There were only three soldiers there at the time, and they took shelter in their partially completed outpost building.
In the best traditions of the romantic old west, early the next morning a column of more than 150 soldiers came over the hill and down into Marl Springs. The Indians melted into the rocks and disappeared. The siege was lifted. There had been no casualties - only anxious moments. Marl Springs was never attacked again.
Mojave Road Guide - Dennis Casebier