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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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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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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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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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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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Return of the Little Buffalo

American  bison once roamed the prairies in numbers so large it was said that a man could walk on the backs of the buffalo from horizon to horizon. The Lakota, the northernmost division of the Great Sioux Nation, refer to the animals as Ta-Tanka. Lakota and other Native American tribes killed only what they could […]

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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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Micro-crystalline Azurite layered over Malachite

                      Old classic specimen of micro-crystalline Azurite layered over Malachite! Circa late 1880-1890s. From the Lavender Pit, Copper Queen Mine, Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona. Measures 6.5 cm by 10.2 cm by 6.7 cm in total size. Ex. Robert Whitmore Collection  Read more at http://www.geologyin.com/2014/12/micro-crystalline-azurite-layered-over.html#dqRYFRK8vGrZzrJ4.99

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