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Calvin Black’s Possum Trot

  In the early nineteen fifties, Ruby and Calvin Black opened up a small rock shop on the way to Calico in Yermo California, and called it the Possum Trot and Fantasy Doll Show. Odd name for a rock and mineral shop, but it succeeded in getting some people to stop and see what was […]

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Henderson, Man of the Desert

By Phil Brigandi He was driven, demanding, and notoriously tight-fisted, he also built one of America’s great regional magazines. For more than two decades he gave his heart and soul to Desert Magazine, and his legion of followers survives to this day. Randall Henderson was born about as far away from the desert as you […]

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40 Mile Desert Route Nevada

There is an obscure memorial about a quarter mile off Highway 95, some fifteen miles north of Fallon, Nevada. Only a well-trained eye can decipher it through a sea of sage and rocks. It looks like nothing more than an odd shaped outcropping, or the remains of something long forgotten. After traversing the short dirt […]

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The Silver That Saved Nevada

                    If you had been in Nevada in 1900 you were probably there because your parents or grandparents came for the big mining rush to Virginia City some thirty years earlier. But in 1900 Nevada is not a land of excitement and far from a land […]

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Lost Crosses of Silverbell Road

                    Recently I watched an episode of America Unearthed with host Scott Wolter, a forensic geologist, about the buried artifacts found at Silverbell road near Tucson. These artifacts consist of 32 Roman aged religious and warlike items ranging from crosses to spears and swords. But why […]

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Murder at Monte Diablo

              On October 1st 1871, in a desolate lone cabin about a mile from Pinchowers store, near Bishop California, a trial was being held for three escaped convicts, but the verdict was already known. The trial lasted only two hours, and in the end, two of the men were […]

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Shootout at the Bella Union

    At 4 p.m. on July 5, 1865, a high-society wedding took place in the brightly decorated ballroom of Los Angeles’ fashionable Bella Union Hotel. It was the social event of the season, with music, merrymaking and too much liquor. During the reception, an argument broke out between Undersheriff Andrew King and Carlisle. The […]

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Carvers Lost Ship of the Desert

  In May of 1964, Harold and Lucille Weight conducted an interview with a man named Elmer Carver, the man who knew exactly where the Lost Ship of the Desert was located… He is one of very few people to have actually seen and touched it. Elmer Carver was just a young 17-year-old boy trying […]

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Myths of US Camel Experiment

  This article is courtesy of Doug Baum Perhaps no episode in American history is less understood and poorly interpreted than the U.S. Army Camel Experiment of the mid-19th century. It’s even been written that it “failed.” Reasons our country has no vestigial camel populations from the colorful period preceding the Civil War are many, […]

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Randsburg Ca., A Living Ghost Town

Randsburg or Rand Camp, is just about a mile off of Hwy 395, 17 miles south of Ridgecrest and north of Kramer Junction. The town began in April 1895 when three miners, F.M. Mooers, John Singleton and Charles Burcham, located gold on a yet unnamed mountain, and quietly staked their claim. But like most new […]

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Willie Boy: MURDERER

To some people, the romance of the Willie Boy saga can be seen as a modern love story, like Romeo and Juliet. Two people madly in love, leave the constraints of their lives to be free and enjoy life together forever, but the truth has a much darker side. Most people will focus on the […]

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Antelope Valley Indian Museum

  I once read an incredible story, about how a man, his wife, and son spent years building a house, in the middle of nowhere. This man would also spend decades amassing a large collection of Native American artifacts, and that house, his house, was eventually turned into a museum. But who was this man […]

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Unmasking the Real Zorro

Through the years there have been many people to have claimed the title ” Zorro “, meaning fox, but who was the real man? The first to hold the name Zorro ( but that is disputed ), was William Lamport ( 1611-1659 ) or Don Guillén de Lampart (or Lombardo) y Guzmán, who was an […]

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Lost Bells of Santa Ysabel Ca.

             A piece of a missing mission bell, more than two centuries old, is back where it belongs, thanks to history sleuth Kathleen R. Frazee. Fascinated by the mystery of the missing bells of Santa Ysabel, an asistencia (or sub-mission) of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, Frazee, a staff member in the Center for […]

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Dezert magazine Spring 2014

Dezert magazine Spring 2014 Come along as we visit the magnificent Ubehebe Crater, discover just how wonderful stagecoach riding was in the 1800’s, and learn about the Lost Treasure of Mission San Miguel from WC Jameson. Death Valley Jim will take us on several rides from the Pictographs at Granite Hills, to Barry Storms and […]

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