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Best and Worst at Soda Mts.

America’s Best Idea and America’s Worst Idea Collide at the Soda Mountains! Act Now: Protect the Soda Mountains for Future Generations! Support the designation of a Soda Mountains Area of Critical Environmental Concern! The Soda Mountain Solar project deserves the nickname, “The worst of the worst” renewable energy projects proposed in the California desert because […]

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When Lines Were Crossed

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  This story originally appeared in a past issue of Dezert magazine It was in January of 2013 that Joshua Tree resident Tom O’Key discovered a baited and set bobcat trap as it sat camouflaged beneath a jojoba shrub on his private property. Within 24 hours the wheels were set in motion and a sleeping […]

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Ragsdale Cabin, Santa Rosa Mt. Ca.

Desert Steve Ragsdale, the founder of Desert Center, decided that he needed a cooler place to be, in order to beat the scorching summer heat of the California desert. So in 1938, Steve along with his wife Lydia, purchased 280 acres atop the Santa Rosa mountain from local pioneer, Arthur Nightingale. First thing Steve did […]

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California Poppies!!

The California Poppy or eschscholzia californica is a native wildflower and became the official state flower of California in 1903. When this magnificent flower is in bloom, it can easily blanket a hillside for hundreds, if not thousands of acres. They are a perennial and can grow from western Oregon all the way down to […]

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Gold Bars of Signal Mountain

We were back in our camp in Nine-Mile Wash, and once more sat around the camp fire sipping our cup of coffee, talking of the days before the land rush brought innumerable settlers to Imperial Valley. When the winter was rough on man and beast in the Laguna Mountains, cattlemen brought their animals into the […]

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Sand Serpent Lives in the Borrego desert!

A big surprise awaits Borrego Valley visitors, even those who are “regulars” and know of the Sky Art metal sculptures will have something to talk about when they see the 350-foot long, out of this world, sand serpent straddled across Borrego Springs Road. It has a head of a dragon, the body of a sea […]

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Legend of Hacksaw Tom

Many stories have been told, re-told and written about the Apache Trail, a wonder of engineering that winds its way around the Superstition Mountains in Arizona. The Trail begins in Apache Junction makes a long loop past three lakes (Canyon, Apache and Roosevelt). The 135-miles drive takes one to the historic city of Globe and […]

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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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