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JOME SEE in it a spiritual light, credit its common name, Joshua, to where trees were actually humans in
with its twisted arms reaching to- Mormon pioneers who were reminded eternal torment. Despite their con-
ward heaven. Others, such as explor- of Joshua, the Hebrew leader, who volutions, the trees average 15 to 35
er John C. Fremont, regard it as held his arms upward in beseeching feet in height, and some reach 50
" . . . stiff and ungraceful . . . the victory in battle. The Book of Exo- feet. After being seeded by vagrant
most repulsive tree in the vegetable dus says that it was Moses who held desert winds, the shoot is an impu-
kingdom." up his arms, however, not Joshua, dent stem which eventually forks at
But this desert tree, a member of so another explanation seems needed. the tip, forks and forks again, bear-
the lily family, has found wide uses ing green leaves only at the extreme
Perhaps it may be found in the ends. Through a curious self-prun-
by man, animal, bird, and reptile- unrest of 1857 when the Mormons ing process, the lowest leaves wither
ranging from fibres, dyes, food, nests, and the United States differed. To and fall away, leaving a scarred,
weapons and once even an instru- consolidate his armed forces, Brig- gnarled old trunk which, because it
ment to cheat land buyers! ham Young recalled an outpost of lacks growth rings, defies dating.
First mention of the strange trees Saints from San Bernardino. Since Hence desert enthusiasts credit it
was recorded by Captain Pedro Fages most of these pioneers had arrived by with age not always its due, though
in 1772 when he saw them while in sea, few knew the way to Zion. As it does attain magnificent stands
pursuit of deserters who had led him they moved into the desert through with trunks 4 feet in diameter in
into the Antelope Valley. Fages set Cajon Pass the distended grotesquely high desert sections of Nevada, Ari-
them down at "date palms." About pointing arms of the curious tree zona, Utah and California.
70 years later, Fremont, also crossing might have suggested a latter-day
the Mojave desert, encountered the Joshua showing the way, an idea fos- Naturally the Yankee couldn't see
trees and called them "repulsive." tered in the Book of Mormon. such forests go to waste, so set about
making use of them. The soft fibrous
This curious plant's scientific name When limned by waning sun, con- wood didn't lend itself to use as lum-
is yucca brevifolia (which refers to tortions of the Joshua's limbs bring ber nor fuel, but finally a visionary
its short leaves), but most historians to mind Dante's enchanted forest built a small pulp mill in Soledad
6 / Desert Magazine / June, 1965
Pass to manufacture paper from the spiny leaves to guard their homes.
trunks. A few editions of the London Perhaps more fascinating is the APACHE LAND
Daily Telegraph were printed on the cycle of the Yucca moth and its pol-
stock, but it proved too expensive for lination of the flowers, which is the BEAUTIFUL
large commercial use. complete symbiosis between flower SCENERY
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of desert cauliflower—for food. Draw- Long before the benefits of Sou- MODERN CABINS
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twist and snap, then discard the throughout the world, there were a Vacation Land
leaves and roast the bud in hot coals. people who lived without shame or
It is sugary and nutritious. Its seeds sweat, principally by selling real es- to Remember
and dried fruit are milled into tate to guileless rubberneckers from
flour and become an important bar- the East. These rascals, with a gleam
ter item between tribes. Early In- in their eye, a cheery note in their
dians also used pigments from a red voices and a touch of larceny in their
strand taken from the inner bark of hearts, promoted "Widneyville by
the Joshua rootlets to dye baskets. the Desert," which they modestly
Joshuas have no great tap or inter- claimed to be no less than a modern
Elysium. Cement sidewalks w e r e

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locking root system and many topple
over from moderate desert zephyrs. poured, spur lines laid and townsites
Though the tree is considered a nor- cut uj) into lots. As a final touch, a
mal desert flora, its distribution is little judicious trimming and prun-
erratic and found only where there ing was applied to the Joshua trees
and on each spine and spike a cull The White Mountain Apache Indians welcome you.
is usually 10 to 15 inches of moisture Come and enjoy the wonderful mountain climate,
available to supply its thirsty roots. orange impaled. "These beautiful
the beautiful primitive scenery, clear, cold streams
Thriving in areas where it is often trees, so prolific of oranges, are a and the best trout fishing in the Southwest.
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Thoroughly intrigued, we follow- ihe pair of feet differed. One had
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the high circular wall of the Pueblo. selves it was probably due to erosion,
At a point about one-third of the way but as soon as we reached home we
around, northeast from the center, a looked up a scientific paper we'd
small ruin sat by itself. On the cliff previously ignored which reported
against which the ruin was built, we on the occurrence of extra fingers
saw our first petroglyph of feet with and toes in groups of people—a trait
six toes. Masonry of the ruin ap- known as polydactylism. It seems
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8 / Desert Magazine / June, 1965


can be chemically induced in mice. Sifi toed fool from Southern Nevadah
Had these prehistoric people been Valley of Fire.
plagued with a faulty diet? Our curi-
osity fully aroused, we set about
studying a collection of petroglyph
photos we'd taken on previous trips
throughout the West. Among a group
from famous Newspaper Rock in
Utah's Indian Creek State Park, we
made our first find. At the time
the photos were printed we'd been
so interested in the different styles
depicting man that we'd overlooked
some extraordinary six-toed foot- form had been copied from the
prints. Further research turned up Mexico artists, why wouldn't it have
photos from the Valley of Fire near appeared in pottery further north,
Las Vegas, Nevada where another rather than having been depicted in
trace of the six-toed people was evi- petroglyphs through Arizona, Nev-
dent. By this time we were inclined to ada and Utah? In my opinion, the
art form did not travel, but the
believe the occurrence was more than people did. Whether the people with Explore the West
the accidental slip of the artist's their odd genes went from north to
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LITTLE LAKE'S BIG FUN
by Dorothy Robertson

LAKE'S shimmering wa-


ters have the same effect upon tired
Lake, giving Owens Valley its long- nif&- _a _ % _ KERN
coveted rail connection to the south.
travelers journeying through arid It was necessary to lay the rails upon 5.
Mojave desert land as had the swamps trestles in order to "navigate" the
of a century ago upon plodding pros- tule swamps. At long last Little Lake
pectors. Where wind-ruffled wavelets the stage stop, became Little Lake the
lap against basalt cliffs formed mil- whistle stop.
leniums ago when molten lava oozed
down their dark flanks, gold-seeking In the early '20s, Bill Bramlette, a
Mexican miners once paused to re- well-known auto racer of the era, saw Invokern— —
fresh themselves at swamps they
named Lagunita. This was the first
Little Lake while participating in a
load race from Los Angeles to Bishop.
Envisioning possibilities in these %TO MOJAVE - TO SAN BERNARDINO
Ridgecres l
water to be found within 20 miles
after leaving the valley of the Indian swamps, he purchased various home-
steads around the area, aggregating down to raising cattle. He dammed
Wells. up the south end of the swamps to
some 1200 acres. Then he settled
Following the discovery of precious irrigate his pasture lands and, to keep
metals, white miners, settlers and down the tule growth, he imported
store-keepers risked Indian depreda- muskrats. The resultant mile-long
tion to build up businesses that netted lake, he stocked with fish. Very short-
one merchant as much as 550,000 an- ly afterwards delighted fishermen ar-
nually. It was during this period, in rived from Southern California cities.
the mid-sixties, that the melodic name For years Bill Bramlette's son, Tom,
of Lagunita was changed to prosaic and his family ran Little Lake as a
Little Lake, California. fishing and boating resort. Tom
From 1865 to 1883, Cerro Gordo's put in two campgrounds at the north
famous silver-lead mines kept south- end of the lake, a snack bar and
ern roads bus) with freightwagons a trout rearing pond and rented
and Little Lake flourished as an im- boats. Fish are bluegill, bass, catfish,
portant stage stop. With the waning crappie and trout.
of Cerro Gordo, however, road traffic- Today Little Lake is owned by the
began to slow. In 1910 the Southern Jack Morehart Land Company of
Pacific Railroad came through Little Upper Fossil Falls and mesa. Los Angeles, but it has been sub-
leased to Bob Whiting of the Mt.
Whitney Game Club. Bob opened
Little Lake to public fishing on May
16, 1964. Prices are reasonable. Boat
rentals are S3.50 per day and fish-
ing fees are $2.50 or, for children
under 12, $1.50 per day. No license
is required and there's no limit. One
lucky fisherman recently came away
with a catch of 40!
The campgrounds are in operation
all of the time and on weekends and
holidays a snack bar is open. These
facilities are at the lake, but Little
Lake hamlet lies a mile or so south
where there is a large hotel with din-
ing room, coffee shop and post office.
In 1947 Little Lake became the
scene of much archeological excite-
ment when Duane and Margaret
Mack of China Lake discovered a cave
with a human skeleton which was
later identified by Dr. M. R. Har-
rington of the Southwest Museum as
that of a Pinto Man some 3000 years
Southwest end of Little Lake. Petroglyphs are on face of basalt rocks. old!

10 / Desert Magazine / June, 1965


The Bramlettes had known for
years that their property was once
the site of an extensive Indian camp, SINCE 1 9 3 1 "
but they attributed the artifacts to
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June, 1965 / Desert Magazine / 11
The Light is Green in Searchlight

OEARCHLIGHT, Nevada is my tains to the east; or maybe it's the or Searchlight's lusty reputation. It's
town. undulating terrain punctuated with something more intangible than that.
Such reasoning defies all natural Joshuas and mining scaffolds; or it And I'd never, until a recent week-
laws of the dust-ridden, sand-blasted, might be the rare turquoise and gold end, spent more than a few hours in
wind-driven desert and is more than ore spilling from mine tailings in the the town.
I can explain, but it's so. Maybe it's center of town. Whatever it is, it isn't Searchlight today has a permanent
the snaggle-tooth New York Moun- Willie Martello's new gambling joint population of less than 200, but it's

ESSEX

Map shows old government road to Piute Spring. Fred Carleson uses detector at his father's old mine.

12 / Desert Magazine / June, 1965


/
GREAT • GOLD • BELT !

(' —SOUTHERN-NEVADA- I

VIRGINIA- CITY - TO - SEARCHLIGHT

busy with tourists following U. S. 95


between Las Vegas and Blythe, or en-
route to the Amboy Junction cutoff
to Palm Springs. It is also the gate-
way to Cottonwood Cove, a resort on
Lake Mojave that caters to boaters,
fishermen and campers (DESERT,
Aug. '63). Ghosts almost inherited
the town a few years ago when Wil-
lie Martello's bistro burned to the
ground and employment opportuni-
ties dropped to nil, but Willie open-
ed a grand new "cantina" five
months ago and the town is going
full throttle again.
Even so, the action today is mild
compared to that of Searchlight's
hedonic past. In 1906 when it reach-
ed boom height, whiskey splashed
from 35 saloons and 10,000 people
trod Main Street's wooden walks.
Over $6 million in ore was gutted
from its rocky terrain.
Duplex, the first big claim, was
discovered in 1898 by the Col ton
brothers who named the new camp
Searchlight to commemorate an occa-
sion when a scoffer said, "If there's
any gold there, it'll take a search-
light to spot it!" But there were other
miners who delved equally deep into
the peculiar turquoise and gold ore
distinctive to the district. One of
them sold a promising claim for
$1500, a team of mules, a buckboard
and a double-barreled shotgun. And NEVADA'S TRAIL OF GOLD.
the claim was good for its promise.
It produced more than $1 million in A glance at this map of Nevada, shows the relative position
gold! Another famous claim coughed of the proven gold camps of Southern Nevada. The great mineral zone
up $150,000 after it had changed exterlds in a southeasterly direction from Virginia City through Tonopah,
hands for a pint of whiskey. Goldfield, Lida, Bullfrog, Eldorado, Dupont, Searchlight and Empire
camps, and across the Colorado River into Gold Roads District, Arizona.
Among Searchlight's best produ- One by one the new districts have been discovered from Virginia City,
cers were the Duplex, Pompei, Blos- on through Searchlight district.
som, Good Hope, Cyrus Noble, New
Era, Fourth of July and the Quar- Rare old mining promotion brochure to promote the Golden Terra Nevada
tette. The Quartette went 1500 feet Mining Company, published in 1905.
deep with miles of underground
workings. First located by prospector
Charley Swigheart, it was sold for share before the mine ever paid a cars back to the mines. In 1903 water
S500 and a team of mules to a miner dividend. was struck at the 300-foot level in
named McCready (his son later gain- In 1902 the Quartette built a 16- Searchlight so a mill was erected there
ed fame in setting high-altitude air- mile narrow-gauge railroad to the and the rails and rolling stock of the
plane records). McCready resold the Colorado River where a mill was one on the river were sold to the
mine soon after purchasing it to constructed to refine the ore. Both Yellow Pine Mine at Goodsprings.
Charles Dunn of San Bernardino for mules and ore were loaded in cars Characters have always been a liv-
$60,000. In a six-year period it pro- at Searchlight from where they coast- ely part of Searchlight's history. One,
duced over $2 million, but fame of ed 18 miles downhill to the river. a camp cook named Sam Yet, inheri-
its gem quality turquoise studded There the ore was dumped and the ted the rich New Era mine for past
with gold jumped stock to $15 a mules hitched up to pull the empty due wages and became one of the

June, 1965 / Desert Magazine / 13


D. R. Scholfteld shows Fred how he has remodeled the house built by Fred's to run into Fred A. Carleson of Salt
father in 1906. The almond tree was only tree in Searchlight when Fred Lake City and Palm Desert. Fred's
started it from a seed when he was a boy. father had a number of mines in the
area—at one time he leased the Quar-
tette— and Fred spent about five
years of his boyhood in Searchlight
right when the boom was at its peak.
He had his young grandson in tow
and invited us to join them on a tour
of the old mines.
The house the Carleson family
lived in is now occupied by a retired
engineer named D. R. Schofield. We
stopped to visit Mr. Schofield and he
invited us inside, hoping Fred could
solve a couple of things that had mys-
tified him. When remodeling, he was
surprised to find the house built of
solid redwood and held together en-
tirely by screws. Not a nail in the
whole job! Fred explained this very
simply. The house was built for his
father by a coffin-maker whose bus-
iness was located across the street.
Coffin makers used redwood because
it wouldn't rot and, apparently, that
kind of carpentry didn't require a
stock of nails!
We've been lost on the desert our-
selves and lost mines are legion, so
we hardly expected Fred to be able
to trace his way back to the old fam-
ily mines—especially considering that
he hadn't been near them for over
half a century. But we were wrong.
Right as radar, he walked directly to
each site. Some were 100-foot work-
ing shafts with rusty relics still recog-
nizable. At one we picked up the
distinctive square cans of curved cut
English tobacco his father always
smoked and at several others we
found sun-purpled glass in the camp
dump.
Visiting these mines with someone
wealthiest citizens of the town. But His history-making began with a fam- who had worked them as a boy was
probably t h e greatest character ily photo of the seven little Martellos quite a revelation to our luxury-
Searchlight ever produced is today's dressed in Indian costumes. All were spoiled generation. Courage was cer-
Willie Martello. A native Califorian, barefoot—except one. That was Wil- tainly not wanting in boys of Fred's
handsome Willie crossed the border lie. This historic photo rests behind time. While we drove to one mine
into Nevada right at the close of the bar of his El Rey Club today. located 20 miles southeast of Search-
World War II with only $13 in his Just as Willie refused to be a bare- light Fred told us of a time he and
pocket. The reason he stopped at foot Indian, he has refused to bow his father arrived by buckboard at
Searchlight was because two of his to other obstacles that inhibit pro- the site only to discover they'd for-
seven brothers had gone broke try- gress. Before a telephone line was gotten the dynamite caps. The next
ing to resurrect an old hotel there established to Searchlight he relayed morning Fred's father dispatched
and the empty building provided a supply orders to Las Vegas by means him by horseback to pick them up
free place to board. Today, having of carrier pigeon. Willie likes to "eat and return the same day. Fred re-
run his $13 into a tidy fortune ex- good." When he opened his new called that the storekeeper tied the
ceeding §2 million, Willie quite place and couldn't find a cook in explosives around his waist inside his
frankly credits his financial success to Searchlight, he imported one of the shirt so they wouldn't accidentally
genius, but whether or not, to make famous Luigis from Los Angeles. break loose from the saddle and ex-
that kind of a fortune in Searchlight Now everybody in his place eats plode before he reached the mine!
requires genius. good! The Martello enterprises may This is the only shaft Fred almost
It's kind of too bad Willie didn't not be especially uplifting, but they failed to locate . . . the reason being
color the past instead of the present. are important to the economy of the that it now holds a windmill. We
Searchlight's early history escaped community and there are few, if any, loaned him our mineral detector to
recording and there isn't much we local residents who don't appreciate test a few outcrops and the beeps
can learn about it, but Willie's es- that. sounded so excited we were tempted
capades will live long in the future. We were fortunate in Searchlight to jump the claim. It is now owned
14 / Desert Magazine / June, 1965
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results ol the hard work that had
gone into hand-digging his old 100-
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ert land it was a refreshing and un-
expected retreat.
SCENIC TOURS
The sturdy fort still stands in ruin, HISTORIC MINING AND
was glad someone was able to make
use of it. They had taken out only its gun ports framing the twists of GHOST TOWNS OF
enough ore to encourage them to Old Government Road as it winds OWENS VALLEY
keep digging, but the new owners toward Dead Mountain. Established
must have dug deeper because the in the early 1860s, there is little pub-
lished about this interesting redoubt
LONE PINE, CALIF.
Carlesons didn't hit water there.
in spite of its important proportions.
In fact, they had to go to Piute Most references refer to it as Fort TRIP ONE 11 Hours
Springs for their water, some eight Piute, but we found one that called Monday, Wednesday, Friday
miles west. It used to be Fred's job it Fort Beal. The most logical reason $22.50 person, minimum 3 fares
to drive the buckboard over to the for its existence was to provide
spring and fill the water barrel. A TRIP TWO 5 Hours
asylum for soldiers constructing the
tribe of Indians lived there and, al- Old Government Road, a route in- Tuesday, Thursday,
though they weren't particularly stituted to protect Western migrants Saturday, Sunday
friendly, they didn't ever give the and to maintain open supply lines $12.50 person, minimum 3 fares.
Carlesons any trouble. Fred said they between Camp Cady to the east and
just sort of looked at him and grunt- TRIP THREE 5 Hours
Fort Mojave on the Colorado River.
ed the first time he came, but after Apparently Indian troubles ceased Tuesday, Thursday,
they grew accustomed to his visits soon after its construction and, as its Saturday, Sunday
they ignored him completely. role was short-lived, history forgot it $8.50 person, minimum 3 fares.
Fred hadn't explored the area of fast. Special Rates to groups of 15 or
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on to Piute Springs to see if there tains. With ruins to explore, petro- these and other trips
was anything left of an old fort des- glyphs to photograph and a lazy, CHUCK AND EVA WHITNEY
cribed in an article that appeared in shady stream enticing us to relax, Owners
DESERT Magazine in October, 1962. it wasn't easy to step on the throttle. Phone: TRipoly 6-34S1 or TRipoly 6-2281
The road was in fairly good condi- But one thing for sure, we'll be back. P. O. Box 327
tion, if you don't object to rough Ill
LONE PINE, CALIFORNIA

June, 1965 / Desert Magazine / 15


JUST BELOW THE BORDER
by choral pepper
Editor of DESERT Magazine

IFTY YEARS ago anyone ventur- chicken or Mexican food (we do) and
ing south of the border took his life because it's owned by our friend Tijuana and on the left hand side of
in his hands. This is still true today Ricardo Castillo and his brothers the highway are the adobe ruins of
it you're looking for trouble. But if Ricardo is known to DESERT readers La Mision. This was not the original
your interests are legitimate and as the amateur archeologist who ac- site of mission San Miguel de la
you re looking for nothing more vio- companies many of the Erie Stanley Frontera founded in 1787 by Domini-
lent than the strum of a guitar or Gardner adventures recounted in his can friar Luis Sales. That was seven
healthful relaxation, you have about books and on these pages. miles inland, but probablv didn't
asmuch chance of getting bumped consist ol much in the way of con-
off by a bandit in Baja as you would Polio de Castillo restaurant is on struction as the mission was moved
by the mafia in Las Vegas. the far end of the main thoroughfare to this location only a year later.
of Tijuana at a turn of the main high-
Our most recent expedition to Baia way to Ensenada. It's on the right- In a letter written to a friend in
was with Henrietta and Slim Barnard hand side of the street and you have Spain, Fr. Sales mentioned that after
the Happy Wanderers" of television to look hard to see it because it's a Heavy rains he often walked beside a
renown, who invited us to join them tiny place. Usually a pair of Senor- stream bed and picked up nuggets of
as guests on their weekly travelogue itas are patting tortillas in the win- gold. Whether he referred to this
Slim planned the trip-* triangle tour dow and inside there are counters location or the former is unknown
lrom Tijuana to Ensenada and back where barbecued chicken may be pur- but the fact that we never seem to
to the border town of Tecate where chased to take with you, or eaten have time to explore this area with
we had reservations at the European- lamily style at one of the long tables a metal detector is one of our bi&e
type spa, Rancho La Puerta. It isn't a fancy place, but it's clean I lustrations.
To avoid congestion at the border and the Mexican food is superb. Father Sales was an interesting let-
P e i i m ^ t h ^ B a r n a r d s for lunch at There's a lot to do in this lively- ter writer and his epistles sent to
Polio de Castillo in Tijuana. We border town, but our interests run Spain provide the only information
chose this restaurant because it's a more toward exploring old missions relative to early days in this area. Al-
good place for lunch if you like and watching fishermen drag in lob- though he seems to have nourished
ster traps, so we sped toward En- a rather low opinion of the natives
senada. About 37 miles south of he was impressed with their adapta-
Left: Senonta pats tortillas in win-
dow of Polio de Castillo restaurant
Center: Old Hotel Iturbide was lively
spa for the British. Right: Only its
foundation remain today.
Cartographer Howard Durke's map shows Happy Wanderer's triangle trip from Tijuana to Ensenada and to Tecate.

lion to the arid land and commented that the Spanish gave the Russians the gold placers. Nevertheless, Brit-
in one letter that by holding the much competition in rendering the ish made history here. The first golf
pulpy leaf of an agave in their otter extinct, which had just about course on the whole American conti-
mouths they were able to travel for been accomplished by 1911. Today, nent was established to keep them ac-
many days without tasting water. happily, sea otters thrive in protected tive during the 14 years their wives
The sea, he wrote, compensated waters further south along the coast. sipped tea on the broad verandas of
for the sterile land and yielded an the luxurious Hotel Iturbide, now an
Ensenada, about 27 miles south of empty
abundant supply of otter, the skins La Mision and on the north shore foundation overlooking the
of which were in demand by the Chi- of Bahia de Todos Santas (Bay of bay.
nese and Japanese. Russia had de- All Saints) , was once the jumping off Today Ensenada enjoys another
veloped a lucrative trade in this mar- place for Baja's most nefarious spe- boom. Cantinas, vendors, shops,
ket by the 18th century, until Spain, culators. Far enough from the U.S. hotels, motels and trailer parks line
eager to obtain Chinese quicksilver border to evade exposure by honor- the streets and highways in lively pro-
necessary to their mining industry, able businessmen and distant enough fusion. Modern port facilities are
urged its missionaries to go into com- to glamorize potential investors, it equipped to handle 4000 bales of cot-
petition by trading Indian fishermen experienced an early boom unequal- ton trucked in annually from Mexi-
useful goods for the precious skins. led by any other Baja community. cali as well as other export cargo, and
For a celibate priest, Father Sales Shipping at this time actually rivaled private yachts and fishing boats
possessed a jolly imagination. "The that of San Francisco. bobble in the harbor. But tourism
otter skins are used to create long In 1882 the International Company ber is the big business. There are a num-
gowns for the Chinese and Japanese of Mexico launched a grand coloniz- cansofneedn't
good places to stay and Ameri-
worry about the food
and short capes for their ladies," he ing scheme. Streets were laid out
wrote to his friend in Spain. "They for a "city of the future," rich with in first rate restaurants. After all,
make a lovely sight, are warm, soft extravagant promises. Then money our Mexican friends want us to
and serve to make generation more ran short and the whole hysterical come back.
active!" project was sold to a British syndicate Hussong's Cantina is one of the
It later letters he lamented that which was developing a mining in- few remaining landmarks of the great
a mining industry here could never dustry at El Alamo. By 1889 Ensen- "British Concession." Like celebrated
be successful due to lack of funds, ada had become little more than a Harry's Bar in Paris or Sloppy Joe's
supplies and water so it's doubtful way station for miners en route to in old Havana, it's a stop visiting

June, 1965 / Desert Magazine / 17


Americans rarely fail to make and
one, like its counterparts, likely to
prove disillusioning to the fastidious.
Nevertheless, seated beside the dere-
lict you're likely to see your town's
most respected citizens. The string
quintette it worth any amount of
time you put in waiting for them to
"catch the spirit." This spirit, inci-
dentally, is caught more efficiently if
a tip is passed in advance of the re-
quest—and don't forget there are five
of them! We were fortunate in that
Slim Barnard had been there before
and knew exactly the amount to
bring on one of the finest and most
moving concerts I've ever witnessed—
so great that the shabby walls dis-
appeared from my conscious mind
and tears flooded by eyes. These men
are truly gifted. One is blind and,
perhaps, has a natural talent, but
there must be a strange story behind
the highly trained genius of the violin-
ist leader. The composition they Above: Primitive art along route has great appeal now, but is destined to
played for us was by Tchaikovsky. grow more commercial with popularity. Below: Slim Barnard and Choral
Pepper learn how to use the hula board. Teacher (at right) is pretty La Puerta
After spending the night in En- directress, Jessica Simmons-
senada, we headed back to the north
end of town and turned onto Mex- grunts of the Molokayne sect, a reli- to Baja California where their de-
ico # 3 to Tecate. This route was gious movement escaping the dog- sires for both communal property
paved in 1961 and winds through matic Greek Orthodox Church of and a salubrious climate were rea-
pleasant villages shaded by cotton- their homeland. First these people lized. After acquiring 13,000 acres
wood trees, ranches and vineyards. had gone to Canada, but after suf- for $50,000, the sturdy Russians
At a left turn from the highway we fering through a cold winter they settled down to getting their roots
followed a divided dirt road to Gua- moved to Southern California. There into the land. At first they appeared
dalupe, a community settled in 1905 they found our "acre" plan of farm- odd, wearing high-visored hats and
by a group of bearded Russian emi- ing disagreeable, so migrated again long black, beards, but as the original
20 families increased in number they
moved their samovars into the
cocinas of easy-going mestizos and to-
day the only dramatic sign of Rus-
sian occupation lies in pointed roofs
of old farm houses and austere wood-
en markers in the cemetery.
These latter paint such a startling
picture of temperamental difference
that it's astonishing the twain ever
met. Black painted markers with
Russian inscriptions dominate the
older part, but toward the fringes
they mingle with paper-flower decked
crosses—a solemn testimony to inte-
gration.
Back on the highway we watched
for a village called El Testerazo
where, Ricardo had told us in Ti-
juana, a group of farmers were do-
ing interesting wood carving. It
wasn't hard to find, as their work was
displayed along the road for a couple
of miles in each direction. A primi-
tive artist with the surname of Arco
started this project by carving figures
from stumps, letting the natural
shapes of the wood dictate the sub-
jects. An American admired them
and suggested Arco train his country-
men to manufacture similar figures
and create a volume market. Now
there are more "artists" along this
route than there are farmers and
some of the figures are truly remark-
able. We came home with a 4-foot
tall sculptured creature that defies
identification, but we think it's a
prehistoric bird.
The final lap of our weekend
journey led us through the plaza of
Tecate, along the main business
street and out the other end toward
Raneho La Puerta, a few miles west
of town.
This place is an enigma to me—
a potpourri of cult, cosmetic and calis-
thenic. Its founder, Edmond Bor-
deau Szekely, who formerly operated Old cemetery was all Russian, but as
a spa in the south of France, came integration set in wreathed crosses
here around the time of World War ##&& pA KOMltf
II and established La Puerta in Te- appeared. i EAO
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cate and, more recently, fashionable
Golden Door in Escondido, Cali- We were there during a cold spell
in January and didn't participate in
the outdoor activities, but this time
of year should be an ideal season to
go on a health kick at La Puerta.
Horseback riding is included in the
rate, as are meals, which are strictly
vegetarian. (There's a good restaur-
ant in Tecate called Manuel's). The
gymnasium is equipped with the
latest in body building and spot re- Raneho La Puerta. Slim Barnard ex-
ducing machines and the staff is well perienced his first facial and left
trained. feeling like a new man, which proves
that beauty is more than superficial!
Surrounding the resort facilities Henrietta and I spent a brilliant
are 1000 acres of riding and hiking hour leaping and swinging in a danc-
trails into country once occupied by ing class (called Jaz/.ex) and Jack
the Cochimi Indians. Campsites and our son, Trent, galloped on
with potsherds are still evident and horseback up to the hill where boys
above the ranch is a ceremonial hill became men—it worked in reverse on
where boys were sent to become men Jack. All in all, the trip was a smash-
by spending three nights alone in ing success. Jt isn't often I return
spiritual communion with their an- from a weekend as abloom as an or-
cestors. ganically grown tomato and as lithe-
We enjoyed our brief visit to some as a chorus girl. ///
Barry Weinstock, Happy Wanderer's
associate producer, canters with Trent Slim and Henrietta Barnard stroll through Russian farm. Bath house on
Pepper at Raneho La Puerta. right was Russian version of steam bath.

fornia. The big difference in the two


is in price—the Golden Door costs
$500 per week and La Puerta a mini-
mum of $10 per day. Also, families
frequent La Puerta en masse while
the more elite establishment caters
only to women, with the exception
of a special session for men. All the
best of famous European spas is rep-
resented in the treatments available
here—herbal vapor baths, dry heat
baths, body building, reducing, sci-
entific diet, irrigation—along with
some innovations that include the
"romance of gastro-archeology," or-
ganically grown vegetables (even the
cows and goats are fed organic food
so their products won't contaminate!),
some Aztec games instituted by Pro-
fessor Szekely and an exclusive line
of cosmetics sold only through La
Puerta or the Golden Door.
'F THE EARLY Franciscan missionary priests Pitiaque near Casa Grande on the Gila River. As
who arrived on the American continent, few were he went, he preached to the Indians through an
so colorful as the intrepid Fray Francisco Garces. interpreter and displayed the banner that he was
The explorations of this pioneer "Grey Robe" west many times to carry into unknown lands. On one
of the Colorado River opened the way for the side of the banner was a picture of the Virgin
great westward movement from Sonora, Mexico, Mary with Jesus in her arms and on the other was
to the present site of Los Angeles, California. Al- that of a lost soul engulfed in eternal fires. The
together, Padre Garces' pathfinding led him over Indians displayed a preference for the picture of
more than 1000 miles of Colorado desert without the Virgin and this never failed to please the
the assistance of a single white companion. good padre.
Padre Garces was but 28 years old when the On his explorations Fray Garces always studied
Jesuit missionaries were ordered out of New Spain the country with an idea of extending the mission-
and replaced by Franciscans. Assigned to Mission ary frontier to the Gila. In 1771, he undertook an
San Xavier del Bac, the northernmost mission in ambitious expedition dedicated to selecting sites
Pimeria Alta (in what is now Arizona, nine miles for new missions and preparing the Indians for
south of Tucson) Garces' outpost afforded him an the coming of the friars. Leaving Xavier in Aug-
opportunity to explore lands hitherto untouched ust with one horse and three Indian guides, he
by white men. headed west to Sonoita, an outpost established ear-
Padre Garces was at San Xavier less than three lier by Father Kino. There he left his guides and
months before friendly Indians offered to guide continued alone to the foot of the Gila range, still
him to other tribes so he could better know his following the road that Kino had traveled. The
neighbors and. the lands they occupied. In August, trail from Sonoita to the Colorado River has since
1768, the "Old Man," as the Pima Indians affec- been called Camino del Diablo (Devil's Highway).
tionately called him, although he was not yet 30 Having reached the Gila mountains at Tinajas
years old, set out on his first expedition. His Altas, he left Kino's trail and crossed the moun-
travels carried him north to the Pima village of tains, intending to go west across the then un-

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known Yuma Desert directly to the Colorado in search of new tribes—and the Colorado. He
River, but was persuaded by some Pimas to go traveled parallel to the Cocopah Mountains to a
first to the Gila River. Swinging north, he paid point west of the Cajuenche village of San Jacome,
a short visit to the Pima people, then continued then returned to the Yumas at San Pablo. Having
downstream along the Gila looking for its junction been "entertained" through a sleepless night by a
with the Colorado. However, because the Gila pow wow, Garces again set out to the west. Trav-
was greatly swollen and did not show its usual eling alone across the August desert he passed a
increase where the two rivers met, Garces passed black hill, which he appropriately called Cerro
this point without recognizing it and for 13 days Prieto, and continued to the foot of the Santa
continued down what he believed to be the Gila. Rosa mountains. Here he discovered the San
Enroute, he met some Yuma Indians and asked Felipe Creek Pass which later contributed to the
their chief, later known as Salvador Palma, to take success of the Anza expedition and established the
him to the Colorado. Twice Palma took him down land route from Sonora to the California coast.
the river as far as Cerro de San Pablo (now Pilot On his journey back to Sonoita, Garces again cross-
Knob), but Garces still refused to believe he was ed the Yuma Desert, apparently unalterably con-
on the Colorado River and Palma would go no vinced that he had failed to find the Colorado
further into enemy territory. River!
Traveling under great difficulties, Garces con- By the time Garces returned from his exploits,
tinued down the Colorado alone and reached tide- he had traveled over 780 miles, crossed the desolate
water, but was forced to return north because of Yuma Desert in two places, opened a new trail from
lagoons and swamps. With the aid of some Caju- the Gulf of California to Alta California and in
enche Indians, he finally crossed the Colorado, still so doing became the first white man to cross the
believing it to be the Gila, and headed northwest dreaded Colorado Desert. ///

June, 1965 / Desert Magazine / 21


Sunshine, SerenityandSiesta
by Jack (Delaney

Poo/ Palm Desert Country Club. Background shows carefree homes along the fairway.

N O MORE girl-watching around a mellow ogre in retirement. If he Dublin, the average life of prehis-
the water-cooler. No more clock- has been withdrawn and anti-social toric man was only 18 years. About
watching and half-hour coffee breaks all of his life, he is free to crawl into 2000 years ago in Rome it was 22
on company time. After many years his shell when he bows out of the years, and during George Washing-
of service a faithful employee is about job. ton's time it was only about 35 years.
to hear the boss's final command, There are predictions now of a 150
"At Ease!" There are now some 23 million year life span for our grandchildren.
employees covered by private pens-
Every indispensable man in in- ions in the United States, with an With the coming population ex-
dustry becomes an ex-indispensable estimated one million added each plosion of the "clover crowd" (which
man someday. When an eager bea- year. These employee benefit plans promises to be a block-buster), there
ver's job develops a "lived-in" quality, have one fault in common—they are will be a continuing need for senior
it's time for him to turn in his wash- all set up in terms of dollars. There's citizen centers offering an active ex-
room key, shake hands with his fel- nothing wrong with money, we all istence at reasonable prices. Many
low employees and walk out into a like to have it around; but "Man outstanding retirement communities,
new world of happiness and satisfy- does not live by bread alone." His adult condominiums, cooperative
ing experiences. At this point he has urgent need is for guidance and pre- apartments, mobile home parks, etc.,
the opportunity to change the popu- paration for a full measure of worth- are available in Southern California.
lar expression of a prominent labor while living during his latter years. These popular villages tempt mem-
leader from, "Too old to work and In fact, there are so many important bers of the geriatric set with every
too young to die," to "Too old for things that money can't buy, it's a type of recreational facility. The
the job, but young enough to have wonder the commodity is so popular! physical menu consists of all kinds of
a ball!" games, with the possible exception
From the National Council On The of leapfrog. A newcomer is over-
The initiate into the unregimented Aging (New York) we learn that the whelmed for a while, like a kid in a
regime should realize that retirement ranks of the relaxed in the U. S. are room full of toys. Eventually he picks
does not really change anyone—but it bursting at the seams—with over 18 up his favorite "toys" and settles
does have a mellowing effect on the million in the "sunset group" at pre- down to a satisfying routine of play
individual. This is a gradual process sent and an increase of more than ;md social activity.
rather than an abrupt modification one thousand each day. A contribut-
of the person. For example; if one ing factor is the longer life span medi- When one is let out to pasture he
has been an ogre throughout his years cal science has achieved for us. Ac- is free to choose his own "grazing
of employment, he will slowly become cording to statistician Dr. Louis I. field." Those who select the desert
22 / Desert Magazine / June, 1965
When your career comes to rest there are many places on or near the desert to enjoy retirement—mobile
home parks, homesteads or planned retirement communities, to name a few. From time to time DESERT
will endeavor to cover the pros and cons of each type of retirement residence.

for their golden age grazing will find and a motel provides the opportun- The author noted a slight indica-
a relaxed, health-giving atmosphere ity for retirees to "try before they tion of class distinction between the
that is unequalled elsewhere. The fol- buy." two levels while chatting with some
lowing information on some of the Although the accepted retirement of the residents. A woman pointed
attractive senior citizen "pastures" on age in industry is 65, the citizens of out that, "The old folks live over
or within a short driving distance of Sun City average only 62. According here in these beautiful homes, but
the Southern California desert, may to the management, the only prob- up in that section anyone can live."
be helpful to active retirees who are lems they've had are the natural ones However, the policy of allowing fam-
searching for just the right spot. of adjustment. It takes time for some ily groups to enjoy carefree living in
people to fit into a new way of this beautiful setting is a good one.
PALM DESERT COUNTRY CLUB, in
Coachella Valley at Palm Desert, en- life after many years of strict routine. ROSSMORE LEISURE WORLD (Lagu-
joys an ideal warm climate conducive Because of the age restriction the na Hills) is about seven miles from
to year-round use of its recreational residents are all senior citizens, but Laguna Beach. Although it is less
facilities. The population is about visiting friends and relatives add a than a year old the population is
1600 and there are now no age re- touch of youthfulness to the scene, 2500, with a prediction of 30,000
strictions. Originally named Palm which is refreshing. for the future. The age requirement
City, with a 50 year age requirement, RANCHO BERNADO, located in the
is over 52 years. Prices for apart-
it was California's first large-scale ac- rolling hills on the outskirts of San ments are $11,095 to $13,795 and
tive retirement community. Prices Diego, has beauty and charm. The up. Monthly payments, around $175,
for homes and apartments range architecture, in most cases, subtly include the membership fee and
from $13,500 to $21,000. Membership compliments the setting while echo- many other items. There is a stock
in P.D.C.C. Association is mandatory ing the Rancho's Spanish heritage. purchase arrangement in connection
and costs $2.00 per month per per- The present population is 2500, with with the occupancy of an apartment.
son. Motel accommodations are a projection to 37,000 at some future This community is one of three
available for guests and temporary date. A unique feaure is the age "Leisure Worlds" in California.
residents. limit of 50 years or over for one sec- Others are planned for New Jersey,
tion, with no age requirement in the Maryland, Chicago, and even Swit-
Richard R. Oliphant, Vice President zerland.
and Project Manager of P.D.C.C, re- other sections. Homes range in price
ports that since the 50-year age re- from SI6,600 to $23,600. Apartments The first impression one has upon
quirement was dropped (in 1964) a and motel units are also available. entering is that this is a World's
change has occurred in the type of Both the prestige area for the "old Fair! At the entrance is a mammoth
residents. As before, they are afflu- folks" and the family section have globe, slowly rotating on an axis of
ent and most of them are over 50 their own recreational facilities. cascading water fountains, with the
years of age, but, instead of sitting
around playing cards and counting
their money, they are enjoying the
fine recreational facilities of the
"Club." Numerous activity groups
have been formed by the residents on
their own initiative.
The only problem experienced by
newcomers, according to Mr. Oli-
phant, is the acceptance of a de-em-
phasis of the living quarters. The
new retiree, who formerly enjoyed
luxury items in a high-priced home,
must now adapt himself to a new
way of life wherein the home itself
represents a small portion of the to-
tal living regime.
DEL WEBB'S SUN CITY is a haven
located 22 miles south of Riverside
on Highway 395. It is less than 60
miles from Palm Springs. It has
5000 residents at present and is think-
ing in terms of 100,000 people some
day. The age requirement is over 50
years. Prices for homes range from
$10,950 to $22,500. Membership fees
of $20 per year per person cover
use of all of the recreational facili- Active retirees have fun at Del Web's well-planned Sun City, near Riverside,
ties. Apartments are also available, California.
June, 1965 / Desert Magazine / 23
for a loaf of bread, it's necessary for
him to drive to the market; and, in
returning to his apartment, line up
for clearance by the guard at the
gate. By the time he arrives with the
bread, his dinner is cold.
The one threat to the peace and
tranquility of any of these self-con-
tained communities is progress. As
they grow it is natural for traffic to
increase, bringing noise and confu-
sion. The original concept of a re-
laxed spot for 2000 retirees turns into
a tremendous complex with 50,000
people milling around wondering why
they ran away from a busy city in the
first place. Fortunately, one can en-
joy many happy years before the
growth reaches this stage. On the
desert it is still possible to thrill to
the matchless glory of the sunrise and
the fiery magnificence of the sunset
without having to peek between
high buildings and neon signs!
The newly retired, planning to re-
Living is easy at Rossmore Leisure locate in a golden age village, should
Worlds near Laguna Beach. be reminded of the possible need for
(please excuse the expression) money.
The recipe for a happy retirement
water shooting half way up South buildings, and a shopping plaza. The includes a dash of it. One of the
America. A short distance from this latter is unique in that the decor of early highlights in this new way of
spectacular emblem is a tremendous, all of the shops, even that the U. S. life is the grand opening of the piggy
beautiful building, resembling the Post Office, is of the Gay '90s era. bank, and an audit of its contents.
Los Angel* Music Center. This is The individual who failed to put
the international headquarters for Alter years of building homes and away his spare nickels and dimes
all of the "Leisure Worlds." The liv- retirement cities, the developer de- through the years soon learns that
ing area of apartments is walled, cided to build worlds for the retirees. happiness won't buy money!
with uniformed guards at each gate It is hoped that his worlds will be Fortunately, it is possible for an
24 hours a day. Surrounding the better than the old one we're all alert retiree to supplement his in-
"inner sanctum" is the business and stuck with! The only complaint,
come by accepting some form of
professional section, with an im- gleaned from a resident, is that when work, preferably on a free lance or
pressive medical center, many office dinner is ready and he has to run out part time basis. Light sales work
will provide interesting contacts and
a few dollars, advisory, or other ser-
vices related to his former occupa-
tion is a natural; or just "minding
the store" a day or two a week can
be a pleasant experience.
Someone once said, "If you're go-
ing out for a canter you've gotta have
a horse." In planning to break the
harness of employment for a happy
life on the desert, or anywhere else,
you've gotta have several "horses."
Among these are: a moderate income,
reasonably good health, an enthusi-
astic attitude toward the future and
a determination to season your re-
laxed existence with service to
others. According to Nehru, the late
prime minister of India, "Life is not
merely a question of years, but of
what is put into it." (Oops! There
goes the women's bicycling club put-
ting everything into their ride toward
Rancho Bernardo near San Diego is spread over rolling hills rich in history. the desert sunset!) ///

24 / Desert Magazine / June, 1965


the two waddies merely indulging in
the time-honored Western custom of
telling tall tales? It's anybody's guess.
The other creature was even more
unbelievable, if that's possible. It
apparently was at home either under
water or in the air and lived in Lake
Elizabeth, California. It was seen
many times by various people and
last was sighted in 1886 or 1887. Were
it and the Arizona monster one and
the same creature? I think not, as the
descriptions are quite different.
One eye witness described it as
larger than the largest whale with
enormous bat-like wings which it
kept folded next to its body when
on the ground or in the water. It
was equipped with six legs or flippers
and had a head resembling that of a
Monsters of the West bulldog.
A Don Felipe Rivera is said to have
come across it while it was out of the
by he Pmitb water and to have chased it back into
the lake, firing at it with an old
Colt .44 revolver as it waddled
A,
_ ^ SOUTHWESTERN Indian
legends of ihe Thunderbird, an
I found the story in an unidenti-
fied newspaper clipping dated June
clumsily across the the mud flats.
The bullets bounced off the creature
with a ringing, metallic sound and
enormous Hying creature, based on 7, 1890, which quotes the Tombstone the next day he picked up four of
fact? Epitaph. the slugs that had been flattened like
If reports of two amazing monsters "After the first shock of wild coins.
seen in modern times are true, they amazement (the story said), the two It led off ranch stock, gobbling up
may indicate that the fabled Thun- men, who were on horseback and cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, and, it is
derbird was an actual living creature. armed with Winchester rifles, re- said, an occasional human. One re-
But the Indians must have scaled gained courage to pursue the monster, port said the monster once tried to
the "bird" down in their stories to and alter an exciting chase of several swallow a full-grown Texas longhorn
make it more believable, because the miles succeed in getting near enough steer, which, however, put up quite
creatures said to have been seen to wound it with their rifles. The a fight and got away.
barely three-quarters of a century ago creature then turned on the men, but
were so huge, so incredible as to To rid the area of the thing, Don
owing to its exhausted condition, Felipe is said to have gone into Los
stagger the imagination. the\ were able to keep out of its way Angeles and negotiated with the Sells
It was- early summer of 1890. and after a lew well-directed shots Brothers Circus to sell it to them for
Tombstone, A.T., was in an uproar. I he monster rolled over and remained S20,000. Their agreement is reported
Two cowboys had ridden in and motionless." to be in the public records of Los
were buying implements to skin an Angeles County.
enormous flying creature which they It had an elongated eel-like body,
said they had killed on the desert be- some 92 feet long and 50 inches in But before arrangements could be
tween Whitsone and the Huachuca diameter at its largest point. Its two made to capture the creature, it
Mountains. feet were attached to the body in emerged from the lake with a roar
front of the wings. The head was and flew away to the east, never to
Their description of the thing about eight feet long with jaws thick- be seen again. The full story can be
tallies roughly with the fossilized re- ly set with strong sharp teeth and found in On'the Old West Coast by
mains of those weird flying dino- giant protuding eyes the size of din- Major Horace Bell.
saurs, the pterodactyls — except for ner plates. The 80-foot wings were
size. The largest pterodactyl, the Lake monsters of the Loch Ness
of thick, translucent membrane de- type have become sort of run-of-the-
pteranodon, had a wingspread of 24 void of hair, scales or feathers.
feet, making it the largest known mill these days. In the Western
aerial animal. But the pteranodon The men are reported to have cut United States there are monsters re-
was a pygmy compared to the Ari- cut off a small portion of the tip of ported in Walker Lake (DESERT
zona creature, which the cowboys one wing as a souvenir, and to have September '64) and in Pyramid Lake
measured at about 160 feet—more made preparations to ship the hide Nevada, and still another in Payette
than half a city block—from wingtip east for scientific examination. Lake, Idaho. The numerous cold
to wingtip! water lakes of Western Canada ap-
That's all there is. I've found no
other references to this incredible pear to be infested with the things,
When they had first seen the crea- according to recently published ar-
ture, they related, it evidently was event.
ticles. But the unknown lake crea-
exhausted from a long flight, be- Was the thing skinned and the tures and the thunderbird and piasa,
cause it was able to fly only a short hide sent east? Or did the carcass re- pale into insignificance beside the in-
distance at a time, resting on the main there to be burned into dust credible desert monsters of Tombstone
ground between hops. by the blazing Arizona sun? Or were and Lake Elizabeth. ///

June, 1965 / Desert Magazine / 25


Here's a lost lode

true story . . .

guaranteed to

bring out the

prospector in any

red-blooded man!

Shorty's Sorrow
by Kenneth Marquiss
BEFORE STARTING, I think it the opening of lunch boxes when I He said, "Okay, next go-home
would be wise to make two things heard Shorty holding forth. He weekend, you drive over to my place
clear. First, it is no fun to be remind- probably never in his life had given and see for yourself, but I'm telling
ed of something painful—particularly a whoop about the Einstein theory, you, it's too remote to mine." Be-
in print—and I have no desire to step but he was chopping on the same log cause we were working on a big pre-
on toes, as I have some corns of my with a home made axe. He was tell- war California desert job, we got
own. I lost track of him years ago, ing a man beside him he didn't care home only every other weekend.
but he is of the rawhide breed who how rich gold ore was, there were
could very easily still be alive. So times when it couldn't be mined; and As soon as I drove into his yard
let's just call him "Shorty." he could prove what he was talking and parked, Shorty handed me a
about—he knew where such ore was! piece of milk white quartz about the
Second, I had nothing to do with Lunch hour was almost over before size of my palm and approximately
the naming of those mountains that I had a chance to side-track him to two inches thick. One side was slick
fringe the area where I saw Shorty arrange a coffee pow-wow after work. faced, the other rough. It was bro-
"lose" his vein of shining rock. Those I wasn't about to let him drift away ken in two places, but the pieces just
ranges were named by early "moun- without including me in on his wobbled—they were held together by
tain men"—basic gents who used apt "proof." In the cafe, as soon as the a mesh of gold wires running through
tags. Map makers who came to Ari- noise of stirring subsided (he liked • the rock. We shook hands on the deal
zona later could hardly change es- sugar) , I put it flat "and blunt. Just right then because I had an angle.
tablished place names and they how rich, and why co^dn't it be The year before, on a Nevada
couldn't use the impolite words, so mined? He said it "was way up on prospecting trip, I had met a north-
they substituted initials. These desig- a mountain in Arizona, in^anyon ern mining executive. He had the
nations are on today's maps and any country, and 20 miles from a ^ road. personal charm of a rogue elephant
friendly forest ranger will explain The pay streak was about six inches and a ruthless, obstacle-smashing
what they mean! wide (half of the one foot vein width) drive I admired. He also had plenty
and it was 'hang-together' ore." I of cash, hard hands, and equipment
The raucous clamor of a big con- just looked at him.
struction job had been silenced by to back it up. If anybody could jerk

26 / Desert Magazine / June, 1965


heed rock out nf really rugged ThGs6 occurred in walnut to crab- quartz that cut "square across the
wilds, he was the man. He had told apple-sized crystals, generally in and canyon like a chalk line." Because it
me any time 1 couldn't swing a deal around the pegmatite dikes that cut showed no black spots indicating tung-
to let him know (for a hoggish cut!). the formations underlying the lava sten, he disregarded it until he was
Our own concrete-form erection job rim rock in this area. The price per dressing. Then he spotted the gold.
looked to be about three weeks from unit had gone so high they were able He knocked off a chunk (the one I
windup, so I sent a hasty letter north to operate on a "poor-boy" basis; saw) and put it in his knapsack. He
that is, to sift and pick up by hand gleefully told me he "could find the
outlining the situation. The answer and sack the erosion-exposed ore ledge at midnight with one eye
was typical: "Only problem is in be- pebbles below the ledges. These closed."
lieving you. Find it. Stake it. Wire gleanings of "black tungsten" ore, to-
gether with the crystals showing on At the partners' campfire council
the rock surface (that could be the night of the tungsten bad news,
knocked out with chisel and single the subject of the gold came up as a
jack), were sent by pack mule to the possible alternate. Although the
nearest dirt road and trucked to the sample Shorty found was admittedly
railroad loading docks. The opera- bonanza ore, its depth and width be-
tion required only a minimum of hind the lace was unknown and it
equipment and money outlay, but would be a mountain-encased hard-
gave a quick cash return. rock mining operation to get it out.
It was a gamble involving several
They were just beginning to do thousand dollars (which they didn't
well when the partner handling pack have) for jack hammers, rail, drill
Paul Shutttleworth, partner for 1st mules returned from town with a long steel, pipe, tools and heavy engines.
trip after Shorty, waits for the road to face, a short sack of groceries, and a This equipment would have to be
clear at Camp Wood. Yes, it snows newspaper. Back of the front page moved in and it would be long weeks
in Arizona! war news was an item telling of the before the money started flowing
seaport arrival of shiploads of Chi- back. All these factors were magni-
where to send engineers. Buy-out or nese and Malay tungsten ore. Pro- fied by existing war shortages. Shorty
said the combine dissolved without
royalty. You know terms. Get busy." his partners ever seeing the ledge.
The answer upset Shorty's theories
and he was jubilant. He didn't like Upon our arrival in Arizona, we
the size of the cut, but we were just tilled the grub box in Prescott, drove
stepping out of the ebb of the de- north to Simmons, swung west on the
pression, so even a part of a pie road through the mountains to Camp
looked rosy. Wood; and then headed south to the
picturesque Anderson Ranch nestled
In essence, all we had to do was in a beautiful cove of rim rock. There
go to the ledge, plant our posts, have we got pack horses and headed into
a surveyor anchor it to the nearest the rough country. We passed B.T.
section or township corner as a Mountain and Shorty showed me
safety measure and send a telegram. the first of the old campsites. Later,
After that, we could just stand back north of Sycamore Creek, we dis-
and watch the big, hard guy do his mounted at the second camp and he
stuff—and keep an eye on the kitty. pointed out the dilapidated remains
of the old wire-tied branch and twig
On our way to Arizona, Shorty beds where the tent had stood. He
filled me in on details. He had grown then began to circle, like a wise old
up in Arizona and New Mexico and hound cutting for tracks, and shortly
had worked underground, cut tim- called out to me. Cached in behind
ber and punched cows. The convex a large boulder, where he had left it
cant of his levis, penchant for high so many years before, was a half-
heels, and the "Tucson crimp" of empty, rotting canvas sack of wol-
his stetson brim showed which dose framite.
had been the greatest. He related
that about the time the Lusitania This trip was made with a pack mule. In spite of these good omens
was torpedoed and the first World Shorty was beginning to worry. It had
War was looming, the market price duced at coolie wages, this ore had
of antimony and tungsten had begun knocked the props from under the
to skyrocket. These metals are as im- domestic tungsten market. The
portant to armor plate, machine tools "poor-boy" sacks of ore were hardly
and shrapnel shells as baking powder worth loading on'the mules.
is to biscuits. With two companions,
Shorty had been on a prospecting Shorty said that a couple of days
trip into the rugged malpais country before the bad news, he had been
at the headwaters of the Santa Maria scavenging on a high hill about
River. They were after "black tung- three h^Grs out of camp. He cut
sten," the miner's name for the wol- across the rim rock and dropped into 1
framite and heubnerite crystals and a narrow canyon. There was a trickle
nodules which are important ores of of water so he stopped to bathe in Starting down old Yolo Ranch trail
tungsten. a hip-deep pool. He piled his clothes into Sycamore Canyon. This was 2nd
beside a foot-wide ledge of milky trip, with Blanco doing the work.

June, 1965 / Desert Magazine / 27


over 20 years smcc lie Jidi} been
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trails and these, with the natural
gem-minerals and cultural barriers of the criss-crossing canyons,
artifacts of past ages lie made miles of detours. It took us
hidden in these legendary days to find the third camp.
areas of lost mines and Shorty's fears were justified. We
never did find the last one—"the bad
buried treasure... news camp." As the days moved on
he grew silent and desperate. He
Follow the old trails of the Spaniards, Padres, Indians and Prospectors with routed me out of the blankets by
starlight and there wasn't a supper
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were by foot with pack animal. The
sixth was in the open cockpit of a
wobbly-winged two-place monoplane
with more faith than engine. I was
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Woodstack might pose a mystery to strangers, but it makes sense to miners of Copper Globe.

w, HEN MOUNTAIN climbers


are asked why they spend years at-
This certainly could be true, for Old
Joe pioneered into Castle Valley as
to distinguish him from Skinny
Chris—no relation) and Jezreel Fu-
tempting to conquer a particular early as 1784 and knew the country gate. Jez probably spent more time
peak, they fall back on the classic intimately while it was still unknown at the mine as a hired assessment
reply: "Because it's there." But try territory to most of his neighbors. worker than did all others combined.
to figure out why miners spend years He was a hard-rock miner by nature
Back when years were still prefixed and had tried his hand at many
and years—yea, even generations- by 18, the two men came upon an
digging at the same old hole without phases of mining. His interest in
interesting deposit of copper during prospecting and mining is well-re-
showing a cent of profit. They cannot their horseback travels. Old Joe want-
say, " Because it's there," because flected in the fact that a son, who put
ed to stake it out and come back later in his mortal appearance at the time
they do not know that it —meaning to develop it, but Sam gave the whole
the big strike—is there. of a widely-known gold strike, was
idea the hee-haw and swore that all named Yukon Fugate.
One such enigma is the old Copper copper there could be carried out on
Globe Mine, located in a remote part one pack horse. So the two went Each winter Jez packed up his
of the San.Rafael Swell in Utah. Old- about more pressing affairs without camp gear and tools and moved to
timers, who say the mine has been bothering to stake a claim. Perhaps Copper Globe where he patiently
going for 60 to 75 years, aver that no they were so free-hearted with their advanced the mine. Much of the ex-
one has made any money from the discovery as to tell others of it. In isting drift is due to his efforts, and
any event, someone else moved in he is generally given full credit for
operation—well, almost no one. The the development of the shaft which
original claimant is supposed to have and laid claim to what soon became
kown as the Copper Globe Mine. descends from the drift—a shaft
sold out for $1700 cash, which wit- which came very near to claiming the
nesses swear is the only profit ever The present owners, who have had life of its maker. Jez went back into
made from the mine. Yet scarcely a control of the mine for a couple of the tunnel one day and apparently
year has gone by since its inception generations, spend each summer at forgot just where the shaft was locat-
that someone has not worked it for the mine doing their own work, but ed, or perhaps stumbled near its
at least a short time. for many years they hired others to edge. In any event, he fell headfirst
Royal Sweeney, now in his 70s, be- do the assessment work, or leased it for 25 to 30 feet of free fall before
lieves that his father, "Old" Joe (to to enterprising individuals who striking the very solid bottom with
distinguish him from his son, Joe) figured they could make it pay. his head and shoulders. Fortunately
and a side-kick, Sam Caldwell, were Two who worked for wages were he was not alone and was soon
first to discover the copper deposit. Chris Jensen (known as Long Chris brought to the surface, although

June, 1965 / Desert Magazine / 29


thought to be dead. But those old- ably shipped nut by wagnn nvrr the run, the entire furnace l
timers were tough, sometimes exceed- the rugged and lengthy trail between dragging dreams of wealth to irre-
ing credibility in recovering from the mine and civilization. So May- coverable destruction in the smoke
what seemed to be fatal injuries. Jez nard reasoned that the ore should be of the ruin.
was hauled home with only the faint- smelted at the site; then only high- Maynard had sunk his last cent in
est signs of life still evident. After a grade copper would have to be ship- the venture and had nothing left to
determined battle, he recovered. ped out. start over. In fact, he had nothing
Fred Zwahlen, another oldtimer, He hired Eli Fredrickson to con- left with which to pay his hired help,
figured actively with the mine op- struct a smelter of native rock, bond- a point well-remembered by his three
eration when a man remembered as ed and lined with clay from a not- sturdy woodchoppers—who, incident-
Maynard, a lessee of the property, too-distant deposit, believed to be ally, are all still living. He did, how-
had a brainstorm for making the fire clay. He also hired Fred Zwahlen ever apologize in a gentlemanly way
mine pay. It was obvious to everyone to stack up 100 cords of cedar (juni- for the outcome, and the three can
that the low-grade ore, which kept per to the purists) for fuel. Fred got now look back—at least from the
tantalizing dreams of a rich deposit a couple of young men, Clive Kill- soothing distance of 50 years—with a
always evident, could not be profit- pack and Manuel Wayman, to help chuckle over their unpaid efforts.
with the contract, and the three of Most of the wood they gathered is
them labored part of a summer un- still neatly stacked in a huge, wea-
COOL COMFORT der the intense desert sun to procure therbeaten rick which is about 95
wood from scattered groves. Clive feet long, 15 feet wide, and 8 feet
and Manuel cut it and Fred hauled high.
it in, using a four-horse team as in- Another heroic effort has left its
surance against getting stuck in loose lasting remains just a few feet off
sand which alternated with patches the Copper Globe property. Early in
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DBSBRJ OISPBNSARV
by Sam Hicks
Part of a series of articles relating Sam Hicks' first-hand observations
fo the uses made by primitive peoples of nature's products.

Chuchupati: the root is crushed on a


metate then placed directly on the
JL HESE POPULAR m e d i c i n a l * '
area affected by scorpion stings, bee
plants grow in the mountain regions and spider stings. If the victim is
of Northern and Central Mexico at particularly allergic, a tea cooked
elevations over 4000 feet. Their from Chuchupati is drunk to reduce
standard uses are well known by all swelling in the throat resulting from
people living on ranches and in the insect stings. The tea, very bitter, is
mountain pueblos of the Sierra also taken for biliousness.
Madre.
Of the many beneficial native
plants depended upon by these people,
the plants shown here are by far the
most widely used. Their names are
common household words; and at
least some, if not all, of these dry Oregano: Leaves and small stems of
medicinal roots, or leaves, or blos- this plant are cooked into a tea for
soms may be stored in fruit jars. All coughs and colds and a disinfectant
of the herbs mentioned here have Yerba Colorado,: Crushed and cooked
for washing wounds, burns and skin into a tea for chest and back pains,
their medicinal qualities contained irritations. Its leaves are used as a
in the roots, with the exception of and flu. Tea is very red in color and
spice in cooking and, when finely has a good taste. Crushed root is
Manzanilla and Oregano. The use- ground, are mixed into a healing
ful portions of these two plants grow cooked with sugar to make a cough
salve. syrup.
above ground. All the plants seek
partial shade and grow rapidly after
seasonal rains.
In the U.S., Oregano is used for
seasoning, but in Mexico it is cher-
ished as a curative plant. Oregano
tea is drunk as a remedy for coughs
and colds. It is used as a disinfectant
and healing agent for burns, pimples,
skin irritation and infected wounds.
In the home, women add liberal
quantities of the flavorful leaves to Escorcioncra: Tea from crushed root
chili sauces and other spicy dishes, Manzanilla: The round to co?iical- is drunk in large, regular doses for
while their ranchero h u s b a n d s shaped buds of this plant are brewed curing stomach ulcers. Poultices of
mix finely ground Oregano leaves into a popular tea for upset stom- the crushed root heal open sores, and
with lard or tallow and use the salve achs. It is used almost universally by reduce, swelling and discoloration
to heal wounds on livestock. the mothers of small babies through- from bruises.
out Northern Mexico as a stomach
Almost every baby in Northern tonic.
Mexico has been fed Manzanilla tea
by its mother. It has long been the
standard home treatment for babies
who have difficulty digesting milk.
As they grow older, the babies are
given bottles of Manzanilla tea be-
tween regular feedings. Manzanilla
buds, or blossoms, have always been
a popular item in Mexican drug Yerba de la Vibora: Mexico's stan-
stores and they can be picked almost dard rattlesnake bite remedy. The
anywhere once a year while the Totolmeca: The root of this herb root is crushed on a metate, or some-
ground is moist. The plant's round, is broken in small pieces and cooked. times cooked, then placed on snake
yellow buttons always appear ready The tea is taken for female disorders. bite after it has been bled and suck-
to burst into flower, but they never It is also considered an excellent kid- ed. Crushed herb is cooked to make
do. Picked and eaten fresh, their ney medicine and relieves severe a pleasant tea which tastes like Ma-
mint-like flavor is delicious, especially back pains. It is carefully avoided by tariquc. Snake-bite victims are urg
after meals. /// pregnant women. to drink this tea in quantity.

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The Desert and Archeology First of a series by DR. CARLOS MARGAIN,
University of Mexico

H A T HAS the desert to do the most thrilling problems that in- toric ethnography, he was able to de-
with the rise of civilization on our terests Man: How and why did civili- termine and establish one of the most
continent? T o begin with, such in- zation and high culture come to be? remarkable sequences of man's cul-
terrelation sounds odd. Was the des- Especially interesting, and complete- tural evolution, daily life and settle-
ert the place where civilization made ment in a desertic area during a con-
its first steps in its development in ly unknown, is the question of how, tinuous lapse of some 9000 years.
the New World? Surely not all of where and when civilization in Am- States R. S. MacNeish, "It became
them, if at all. Nevertheless, were erica started. apparent that the desert valley of
it not for the desert we would not Tehuacan was the region in which
Among scholars of all nationalities
be able to know, as we do now, a evidence could most likely be uncov-
who have been interested in this
number of facts related to the history ered about the beginnings of the do-
problem, Mr. R. D. MacNeish, an
of man in this part of the world. To- mestication of corn."
American, must be especially men-
day it is possible to say—with suffi-
tioned. For years he worked in the MacNeish's reasons for selecting
cient elements to prove and substan-
U. S., Mexico and Central America the Tehuacan Valley area derived,
tiate it—that the fundamental and
systematically going from one area first, from excavations and findings
basic step in the beginning and rise
to the next in search of a solution he and others had made in Northern
of civilization on our continent most
to this issue. From many possibili- and Southern Mexico and in caves in
certainly took place in a desert.
ties, he at last selected a few areas in New Mexico, as well as one discovery
Yes, it is now known beyond doubt Mexico which he considered most in the deep sub-soil of Mexico City
that about 5000 B.C., people living likely to yield- data relevant to the that revealed fossil pollen of maize
in a small valley 150 miles southeast questions. Of these carefully select- belonging to the "last interglacial
of Mexico City discovered that by ed regions, all had one thing in com- period, estimated by geologists to
dropping a seed into the ground (in mon: they were deserts! Why would have occured about 80,000 years ago"
this particular case, corn or maize) MacNeish select deserts in general —that is, long before the populating
a plant containing edible seeds would oppostion to most of his colleagues? and first arrival of Man in the New
grow. They had discovered the basic World. The pollen was thought to
The answer is simple. Complete, or
principle of agriculture. nearly so, lack of rain in desertic be that of wild maize which once
Were it not for the desert, we areas permits the preservation of or- grew in the valley of Mexico and has
would not know, either, that about ganic material in an incredible man- since become extinct. This settled
9000 years ago a group of people ner. Findings of man-made products an important question in that it
occupying a region now called Mex- of perishable materials hundreds and proved corn, or maize, was undoubt-
ico had already acquired the custom thousands of years old remain in a edly a plant of exclusive and typical
of eating hot chili peppers. Ever remarkable state. That was why Mac- American origin.
since then those hot peppers have Neish selected desert areas. What he After other surveys in Central Am-
constituted one of the basic elements was able to find in the course of erica and Mexico, MacNeish narrow-
in the food habits of the population three continuous seasons of work is ed to a reduced area the once vast
of that area. This 9000 years of truly fantastic. With the help of spe- territory of regions where he could
planting and eating chili hot peppers cialists in botany, zoology, physical find the beginning of cultivation of
explains the fact that today, when anthropology, geology, and pre-his- corn in the New World. This prob-
anyone of the 40-million Mexicans lem, about the when, where and how
who eat chili says "Esta salsa no es corn was first domesticated, is one
pica," (this sauce is not hot) you had that has puzzled people interested in
better be careful. A tongue and plants ever since the discovery of
throat with less long tradition is America 500 years ago.
liable to find the concentrated fire
of 9000 devils burning within! On the other hand, one has to con-
sider that the problem is intimately
Were it not for the desert, we would related to the beginning and rise of
not be able to try to disclose, as is civilization on our continent. Corn
being done now by a number of spe- was totally unknown outside the New
cialists, the different steps man fol- World before its discovery, and yet
lowed to become a highly-cultured it was the basic and most important
sedentarist with an intensive agri- food among all highly developed Am-
culture, after he had covered our con- erican civilizations before Columbus.
tinent for thousands and thousands In fact, it still is the basic staple food
of years as a low-cultured hunter and in many Latin American countries,
food-gathering nomad. particularly those where pre-Colum-
bian civilizations developed.
It has been precisely the desert, or
more specifically, characteristics typi- So, every investigator and, of course,
cal and peculiar to the desert, which MacNeish with them, believes that
has revealed that the ancient and when we locate the origins, the place
highly developed civilizations of Am- and the first steps in the domestica-
erica had an independent beginning tion of corn we will be well on our
from those of the old world. These View from bottom of cave excavated way toward finding out where and
few known facts allow us of the 20th by MacNeish shows great quantity of how civilization evolved in America.
Century to speculate about one of refuse left by man in 10,000 years.

June, 1965 / Desert Magazine / 33


DatnL COOKERY
Food Editor 61c^ Jl~H d<JL

ZETONI ONE DISH MEAL EGGPLANT ZUCCHINI CASSEROLE


2 onions, chopped 3 slices bacon, fried crisp and 1 eggplant, peeled and cut in Vi-
2 garlic cloves chopped fine drained inch slices
1 green pepper, chopped 1 lb. cooked cubed ham 2 zucchini, cut in Vi-inch slices
Saute onion, garlic and pepper in 1 can mushrooms 1 cup uncooked spaghetti, broken
Vi cup cooking oil. Add: 1 8-oz. package spaghetti, cooked into 1-inch pieces
1 cup tomato paste and drained 1 cup sliced celery
2 cups tomato soup 1 can whole kernel corn, drained 1 green pepper, thinly sliced
1 can whole kernel corn 1 can lima beans, drained 1 clove garlic thinly sliced, or
Juice of 1 lime 1 cup tomato juice garlic powder to taste
1 8 oz. can mushrooms, drained. Combine all but the bacon; heat, 8 oz. Mazzarella cheese, sliced
reserve liquid. and after placing in serving dish, 2 8- oz. cans tomato sauce
Mix all ingredients together. Cook sprinkle the crumbled bacon over Vi cup water
2 lbss. ground lean beef in mush- the top. Serves 8. 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
room liquid for a few minutes. Cook V2 teaspoon salt
I 8 oz. package spaghetti in boiling Pinch oregano
water until tender. Add the meat to BANANA YAM CASSEROLE Layer vegetables, spaghetti a n d
sauce and place in alternate layers 3 large yams boiled in their cheese in order listed in greased 3
with spaghetti in buttered casserole. jackets until tender, but firm qt. casserole. Combine other ingre-
Top with 3A 1b. grated American Peel and slice crosswise
cheese. Bake at 300 degrees for Vi dients and pour over all. Cover and
Slice 3 bananas crosswise, and
hour. pour juice of 2 lemons over them bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or
1 cup brown sugar until vegetables are tender. Makes
Vi cup butter 8 servings.
STUFFED CREAMED EGGS Vi cup chopped pecans or almonds
8 hard-cooked eggs Butter casserole and alternate layers
Vi cup butter of yams and bananas. Sprinkle each EGGPLANT CASSEROLE
] V2 teaspoons prepared mustard layer with sugar and dot with but- 1 medium egg plant
V2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce ter. Sprinkle with pecans. Add more 2 slices bacon
1 teaspoon minced parsley lemon juice if needed. Bake until 1 tablespoon chopped onion
V2 cup cooked chopped ham potatoes are soft and top lightly 1 tablespoon chopped green
Cut eggs lengthwise in half. Remove browned, about 25 min. in moderate pepper
yolks. Mash yolks and mix with oven.
2 tomatoes
softened butter and seasonings. Stuff Salt and pepper to taste
whites with mixture, and place in Bread crumbs
shallow baking dish. HOMINY AND ALMOND
Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons butter CASSEROLE V2 cup water
3 tablespoons flour
% teaspoon salt 1 cup mushroom soup Cut bacon into small pieces and fry
Vi teaspoon pepper V2 cup thin cream until crisp. Remove bacon from
Vi teaspoon cayenne pepper grease in pan. Saute onion and
1 cup bouillon or stock 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
% cup thin cream green pepper in bacon fat until ten-
1 teaspoon celery seed der, not brown. Dice eggplant and
1 cup grated processed cheese V2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper add to onion and pepper. Add to-
Melt butter, add flour, salt and pep- 1 teaspoon salt matoes cut up into pieces, and the
per and blend. Add liquids stirring Mix and simmer over low heat un- water. Cook gently for about 5 min-
constantly until sauce boils. Cook til blended. Drain 1 No. 2V2 can of
for about 2 minutes, add grated hominy and place in buttered cas- utes. Add seasoning and bacon bits
cheese and blend. Pour sauce over serole. To soup mixture, add V2 lb. and turn into shallow baking dish.
toasted, blanched almonds which Top with bread crumbs. Cover and
eggs in casserole. Top with 1 cup have been halved. Poured this over bake in 375 degree oven for about
soft bread crumbs mixed with 3 hominy. Cover with 1 cup buttered 25 minutes. Remove from oven and
tablespoons melted butter. Bake for crumbs. Bake 30 to 40 minutes in sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top.
30 minutes at 375 degrees. 350 degree oven. Serves 4.
34 / Desert Magazine / June, 1965
A monthly feature by
the author ot
Ghost Town Album,
Ghost Town Trails, and
Ghost Town Shadows.

Broken Hills,
Nevada
BY LAMBERT FLORIN

HEN JOSEPH Arthur saw the agreed to give up. On their final admirer caught her alone in the kit-
chunk of float glinting with streaks of day's search, Jim took the high ridge chen and unsuccessfully attempted to
pure metallic silver, he could hardly while Joe followed the gully. It was force his attentions upon the girl.
believe his eyes. It was exactly what then he picked up the piece of glit- Repelled, he raged from the build-
he was looking for, but the search tering rock. ing, sweeping a kerosene lamp off of
had proven fruitless for so many As soon as Joe stopped trembling, a table and spilling oil. In moments
years he could hardly believe the he located the outcropping from the entire building burst into flame.
evidence now. He picked it up. It which his chunk of silver had rolled Ross, not far away, rushed into the
was real. Bonanza awaited under the and staked three claims—the Bel- building to save his daughter.
sagebrush covering of the Broken mont, Grand Prize and Butler. Then "Scotty" McLeod, now in his 80s
Hills. he took the chunk, went back to and living in Yerrington, related the
The Arthur family came to this camp, made a big pot of coffee and story to me. "The girl was dead,
raw Nevada country when Joe was a awaited his partner. When Jim walk- likely from suffocation," he said,
small boy. Mrs. Arthur pined for her ed into camp, discouraged and ready "and Ross was so badly burned you'd
native England, but her husband ad- to give up, Joe handed him the rock hardly know him. My wife and I
justed immediately and took a job in without saying a word. attended the double funeral in Yer-
I he mines in Nevada's Ruby Moun- On the strength of the sample, the rington. It was the saddest thing
tains. Often he took his son with two men raised enough capital to we ever knew."
him and little Joe grew up in an at- begin operations. They worked hard Rice's speculative purchase of
mosphere of metallurgy, rocks, ores, at their mines for five years, taking Stratford and Arthur's mines didn't
silver and gold. Determined to be a out some S60,000, then George Gra- pay off, partly because of disinterested
prospector, the boy headed for the ham Rice, notorious promoter from and inefficient operators, partly be-
rock hills with a burro and a few Rawhide, came along and bought cause the best ore already had been
supplies while still in his teens. them out for $75,000.' removed. Smaller outfits moved in
Broken Hills enjoyed a moderate and also failed. During the depression
Success was elusive, though, and a number of unemployed men work-
young Arthur had come close to giv- period of prosperity during the years
the mines produced, roughly from ed the dumps and shafts, taking out
ing up the search when he met an- a respectable §197,195 in five years.
other Englishman prospecting alone. 1910 to 1940. About 1918 Messrs.
Daniels and Ross of Yerrington, Nev- Since then the town has steadily
This was James M. Stratford who had laded away. Maury Stromer stayed
ada, built a substantial hotel which
previously made a small strike, work- furnished a social center for the town. for years all by himself, but fell ill
ed it out, and was now again becom- Ross had a young, attractive daughter and went to live with his daughter in
ing discouraged. The two bucked each who helped in the kitchen and was Paso Robles where he died in 1956.
other up by joining forces and work- much admired by single men in His cabin and many others stand
ing all winter and into spring, with camp. Most of them kept their dis- bleached and lonely in the shadows
nothing to show for it. At last they tance but one evening a persistent of Broken Hills. ///

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Back Issue Salo LETTERS
FROM OUR READERS
ALL 12

1964 ISSUES For the Birds . . . To the Man Who Found


To the Editor: Thank you for the splendid Pegleg's Gold . . .
$3.50 article about the condor in your April
issue. As was summed up for us at a To sell $314,650 worth of nuggets in small
recent National Audubon Society conven- lots of not more than 15 ounces at a time,
Offer Good Only tion, "The success of conservation efforts you would have had to dig up some 2000
will be the measure of the level of our gold buyers. Are there that many in Alaska?
As Long As civilization." Again, thank you; we native ROBERT BUCK,
They Last Westerners appreciate tremendously all you Stockton, California
are doing to preserve the best of the West
as we have known and loved it. Readers have stopped to look at the
black nuggets displayed in the DESERT
BETTY JENNER, Magazine office and some have comment-
Los Angeles, California. ed that laws regarding the selling of placer
ALL 12
gold are not the same as those for selling
Who Is Sandora? . . . gold taken from mines. We have been told
1959 ISSUES To the Editor: While driving around the
west side of Panamint Range, somewhere
that it is possible to sell placer gold any-
where without all the falderal of filling
south and east of Trona, we came upon a out government forms. Is this true?
$2.00 sign which read—Sandora 11 mi., or at
lease we thought it said 11 miles. The sign
CHORAL PEPPER, Editor.
was weather-beaten until it was hardly I am doing my term paper on Pegleg's
Offer Good Only legible. We wonder if a DESERT reader Lost Mine and read your articles in the
can tell us something about the name March and May issues of DESERT with
As Long As "Sandora." Was it a mine or someone's interest. Will you please answer the fol-
desert dwelling and where did the name lowing questions?
They Last originate? Gold found in nature (free) is usually
NED SKINNER, of a much higher concentration than that
Capitola, California. stated in your article. Can this be explained?
The fact that no claim was filed,
Sour Dough Recipe . . . coupled with your reluctance to engage in
10 ISSUES of 1963 To the Editor: Just received the May issue
of DESERT and find an error in my sour
mining operations, suggests the possibility
that your "mine" was on private property
(All except Jan. and Feb. dough recipe. Where it states, "add Vi level or within a State Park. No mention is
teaspoon of warm water," it should have made in the article of efforts to determine
read "Vz teaspoon of baking soda in a small this information. Why?
$3.00 amount of warm water. Pancakes without
soda would be a miserable failure.
I believe that gold dealers are required
by law to keep records of gold bought
HARRY MURPHY, and sold. Yet you allude to no record of
Green River, Wyoming. such transactions. Wouldn't the govern-
ment have been interested?
The Coal Canyon Ghost . . .
Remember Father. To the Editor: \ have known of women to
Although these questions tend to dis-
credit your story, I personally feel such
faint over a similar phenomenon as de- a mine could exist and your story is prob-
with a Subscription to scribed in your May issue. It is called Will- ably true. I do believe, however, that you
o-the-Wisp and is a gas released along with should substantiate your claim to have
DESERT Magazine dew that gets its glow from organic de- solved the Pegleg puzzle with more facts.
compostion that is unbalanced by lack of JORDAN STEPHENS,
$5.00 heat.
DAN C. GEORGE,
El Centro, California.
Alta Loma, California. If this deposit exists—and we see no
reason why it should not—it will be found,
Origin of Mr. Thing . . . and soon. For everyone will be there look-
DESERT BINDERS ing for it, from the Little Old Lady who
To the Editor: The article Pai Pai Land in owned all the used cars to the elves from
Keep your DESERT Magazines the April issue mentions a Mexican guide the Black Forest. And not all of them will
by the name of Ambrosio Thing. Here is be amateurs. You have very kindly told
for years as a reference and a story about his surname. Some years ago us where to look by telling us where not
guide to future trips. Special an Indian decided to have his name changed, to look and stalling on a couple of ques-
so he went to court in San Diego to make tions. In recovering some $300,000 with
12-Issue Binders only . . . it legal. When the Judge asked what he'd a metal detector, you have probably passed
rather be known as, the Indian replied, up about $30 million in easily recoverable
$3.50 "Any Damn Thing," which became his
legal name. Today at the Poterero, Califor-
nia cemetery his tombstone reads A. D.
gold by telling the world about it. You
speak of finding gold the size of match
heads, but do you realize this was prob-
Thing. ably a concentration point and the soil
(incl. tax and postage) HAL SCHOFER, there was perhaps 54 gold? I also want to
Campo, California. add, you're a darned good writer.
All may be ordered from TO OUR READERS . . . we are con- ED KIRKLAND,
cerned that the Man Who Found Peg- Red Mountain, California.
leg's Mine did not answer the letters Editor's Note: I'd also like to add that
printed in the May issue before this you're a darned good writer. Another one,
one went to press. We hope he is E. S. Gardner, guesses you've made more
Palm Desert, California 92260 money selling manuscripts than you have
alright and that we will hear from selling nuggets! Our editorial deadline is
him in time for the July edition. C.P. the 18th of each month incidentally. C.P.

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JUNE

PHOTO

CONTEST

WINNERS

CONTEST SUSPENDED

During the summer months the


Photo Contest will be suspend-
ed. Next month DESERT Maga-
zine will start a new and in-
formative page entitled "You
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First Prize

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DESERT DESIGNS
William W. Simpson Torrance, Calif.
This interesting study of sand and shadows was
taken at the Joshua Tree National Monument
and captures a certain feeling of the desert.
DATA: Homemade camera, 170 mm. Kodak
Anastigmat, Verichrome Pan.

Second Prize
SPIDER WED Sam Hicks Temecula, Calif.
A dewy morning and early sunlight created this
fantasy near Temecula, California. DATA: Not
available.
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