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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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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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Wyatt Earp in San Bernardino County: The Early Years

He spent more of his life in San Bernardino County, California, than anywhere else, but if the man had to depend on his exploits here to justify his claim to fame. He’d be remembered only as a citizen who preferred the solitude of the desert, to the bustle of the gambling halls and saloons of […]

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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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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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Dezert magazine Winter 2012

Dezert magazine Winter 2012 Come along and enjoy the ride as we travel through some of the roughest routes in the west. Hells Half Acre courtesy of Kathy Weizer from LegendsofAmerica.com, tells us what it was really like to ride on a stagecoach and the robberies that occurred. Nicholas Cataldo shares his immense knowledge of […]

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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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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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