Long before the town of Needles was founded; this valley was home to the Mojave Indians
for thousands of years, many of whom still live in the area today, called the Fort Mojave Indian
Tribe. The area, rife with petroglyphs, pictographs, old trails and stone work, bears witness to the ancient Native Americans
that lived here long before the white man entered the area.
When the railroad pushed westward at the Colorado River in 1883, the town was founded and called "The Needles,” after the sharp peaks at the southerly end of the valley. In the beginning most people traveled to Needles by rail and a wooden depot was built to accommodate the steam engines and the many travelers.