Mojave County, California

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Mojave County was a proposal in 1988 that would have split the northern and eastern 90% of San Bernardino County, currently the largest county in area in the contiguous United States, from the more urbanized southwestern 10%.[1]

Proponents of the measure argued that their region was far too removed from the county seat at San Bernardino and that they were distinct in many ways from the Inland Empire. Areas included in the proposed county would have included the cities of Victorville, Barstow, Big Bear, Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms and the isolated community of Needles along the Colorado River, a community closer to Las Vegas than to its county seat.

The proposal would have left the remainder of San Bernardino County confined the area of the lower southwestern, more populous part of the county.

The measure was ultimately defeated.

Community members in Victorville claim that the county retaliated by dumping used tires city block long and 10 feet high[2]


  1. ^ "Archives - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Trombley, William (13 November 1988). "A Goverment [sic] In Desert Exile : Backers of a proposed 'Mojave County,' defeated in their attempt to break away from giant San Bernardino County, are planning to form their own regime in the high desert". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 September 2022.