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Cross Hill and the Mystery Cat

So I headed out today to try and find the abandoned quarry at Cross Hill, in the Nuevo ( pronounced NEW-WAY-VOO ) area of Southern California. According to what I have read, the quarry should have feldspar, quartz, schorl tourmaline, aquamarine, monazite, thorianite and possibly garnet. So to a new emerging rockhound, this was exciting!! […]

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Alllll Aboard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALLLL ABOARD!!!! By John Grasson The Orange Empire Railway Museum, located in Perris Ca. is a fantastic place to spend the afternoon. They are located on a 90 acre site and host a collection of trains and locomotives from Los Angeles and the West.  With Yellow Cars from the L.A. Railway, Red Cars from Pacific […]

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Desert Magazine Index-Printed

This is the original Desert Magazine Index and it’s a great way to look for your favorite articles, stories, authors or subjects as quickly as possible. The index lists any and all subjects covered in the original 1937-1985 Desert magazines… So if you want to find your favorite subject and not spend HOURS combing over […]

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Treasures of Corn Springs Ca.

  The history of Corn Springs goes back thousands of years, back to the first native inhabitants of the area. As you enter the canyon you will be greeted with rocks and boulders covered with Native petroglyphs that possibly go back thousands of years. Many of the petroglyphs are in what is called entopic forms, […]

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Lost Mine of the Blond Mayo

Illustrated by Bill Edwards Lost Mine of the Blond Mayo By JOHN D. MITCHELL From Desert magazine May 1953 TEN MILES northeast of the old mining town of Arivaca, Arizona, half way between Baboquivari Peak to the west and Old Baldy or El Felon, stands the Black Princess, a natural rock formation carved by wind […]

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Desert Plants and Wildflowers: Survival of the Fittest

The wind-blown trunks and roots of the sagebrush are twisted and exposed. Branches and leaves are pale and lifeless. The fierce weather of early spring continues to blast through the desert landscape and yet, somehow, there is a spark of life. First a leaf sprouting from a dried twig, then a thin plant stalk that […]

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