Monthly Archives: January 2015

A Day at Cottonwood Springs

Walter Feller, the writer of this article, revisits the old Cottonwood Springs and sees what’s it like today. I began reading an article written by Walter Ford, published in the December, 1959 issue of the old Desert magazine titled, Cottonwood Springs. I really wasn’t sure where the place was, although there was a photo included […]

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Lost Gold of Pegleg Smith

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The background to the story is quite simple. A one legged man (most likely named Smith), while crossing the desert, became lost in a sandstorm and decided to wait it out. In the morning, he climbed one of the nearby small hills or buttes to get his bearing. The top of this hill was covered […]

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Lonesome, the Faithful Friend

Along the Colorado River at a point called the Carrizo Boat-In Camp, lays a monument. The monument is it is an enigma, a large structure made of stones complete with flagpole and flag dedicated to a dog named Lonesome, one man’s best friend and desert companion. The hand carved epitaph reads: Hellow, Lonesome and I […]

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Picacho, the Golden Road

Picacho Road was once the dusty path to gold riches for over 150 years. Today, it is the main entrance to the 6,769-acre Picacho State Recreation Area, and provides access to the Bureau of Land Management’s Picacho Peak and Little Picacho Wildernesses, the inactive Picacho gold mine, and the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge along the […]

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Legend of Bourbon Springs

In treasure hunting the key is always “first edition”, a treasure hunter can spend years in the wrong location, just because they did not locate the original story. So it is always important to check out where the story came from and in what year was it written.Such is the case in the Legend of […]

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Billy the Kid & Whiskey Jim

No one except the locals were particularly interested in the comings and goings of a young outlaw, just another small-time rustler in Lincoln County. It would not be until that fateful April day when the Kid shot his way out of the Courthouse that the world would begin to spell his name with capital letters. […]

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Myth Hunters Lost Ship

Recently, I had the privilege to be part of the TV show Myth Hunters on the American Heroes Channel. The episode was about Charley Clusker and the lost ship of the desert. For those of you who missed the show, or did not get the channel, here is the You Tube video of the show. […]

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Call of Darkness

My feet were dangling through a two foot square opening in the wooden floor. A hundred feet below me Bill shouts up that it looks interesting and that we should join him. I double check the rope to make sure I threaded it properly though my rappelling rack, doing it wrong can have fatal consequences. […]

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Timelessness of Cathedral Valley

A light wind buffets as I walk toward the edge of the cliff and the scents of pinyon and juniper come together in the dry, clear desert air of Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park. Below spreads a large valley filled with seemingly impossible natural formations: huge formations of hard sandstone shaped by millennia of unimaginable […]

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Majorie Reed Desert Artist

Marjorie Reed is best known for her paintings of the stage stations and scenes along the Butterfield Overland Stage Route. Born in Springfield, Illinois in 1915, Reed’s family moved to southern California when she was twelve. Shortly afterward her father, Walter Reed, began working as a free lance graphic artist for Mission Engraving and Offset, […]

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The Marshall/Wimmer Nugget

It was Dahlonega Mint assayer, Dr. Matthew Stephenson, who asked miners in his famous Courthouse speech to stay in Georgia rather then go to California. Pointing to Crown Mountain, he told them: “Boys, there’s millions in it!”1 A phrase later immortalized by Mark Twain. The miners left anyway to participate in the first global gold […]

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