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EDITORIAL 5 TRACES IN THE SAND 38
LETTERS 6 THE SECOND TIME AROUND 40
DESERT PRODUCT OF THE MONTH . . . . 24 CHUCK WAGON COOKIN' 41
DESERT ROCKHOUND 34 THE LIVING DESERT 43
DESERT CALENDAR 35 DESERT BOOK SHOP 60

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ANCIENT PUEBLOS 25
DEATH VALLEY TODAY 8 There's a Right and
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Its Builders by Margaret Cheasebro
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OASIS FOR THE JET SET 16 The West's Nosiest Newspaper
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A Light-Hearted Walk THE TOP OF BAJA 50
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THE CASTLE IN SKY DETERMINES 54
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FEBRUARY. 1981
See America's Most
Unusual Exposition
The Great Water Caper at Indio, California
February 13-22
OME SAY THAT Los Measure A which calls for a See camels and ostriches race on the

S Angeles, the "City of the


Angels," has no right to be,
and this condemnation has merit if
five-member home commission to
reevaluate and allot water rights,
including those of the DWP which
oval track . . .
See one of of the nation's largest gem
and mineral shows . . .
you consider the folly of 10,901,200 currently provide 60 percent of the
See the Photographic Salon and Fine
people crammed into and Los Angeles Metro Area's total Arts Exhibition . . . plus outstand-
immediately around a bowl without water supply. ing displays of California agriculture,
enough native water to serve several No one except they who proposed horticulture and floriculture, handi-
hundred thousand. Even the Indians it expects such a commission would crafts and home arts, commerce and
knew that, frequenting the area or could be objective in the granting industry.
mainly to fish and trade. of future allotments to Los Angeles.
But Los Angeles grew Owens Valley foliage would come See it all at the spectacular
nevertheless, at a pace far first. Therefore, DWP plans to 35th Annual
outdistancing the rest of California,
and with this growth came an
harass the commission to death in
court before it is formed, an action
National Date Festival
insatiable demand for water. The not as negative as it sounds for an And that's not a l l . . .
demand was met by a system of agreeable (to DWP) compromise There's fun and entertainment for 10
aqueducts, begun in 1907 and would be a commission at the state full days.
completed in 1970, that tapped level. California is the only state in
sources hundreds of miles to the the nation without one. Breathtaking aerial acts, trained an-
north and east. Students of history imals, jugglers and clowns at the
A further argument in favor of a Funs-A-Poppin Circus.
will remember that one in the 1930s, higher authority would be prospect
the Colorado River Aqueduct, of an end to the stalemate at Mono Gala Arabian Street P a r a d e
nearly caused a second war between Lake. The Lake will never dry up, from downtown Indio, Monday, Feb.
the states. but it could reduce to half of what it 16 (Washington's Birthday Holiday)
Residents of Inyo and Mono is now which is half of precious little, 10:30 a.m.
Counties who cheerfully sold their what with sixty percent of its normal Arabian Nights Pageant Free
lands to the Los Angeles input being currently diverted. musical extravaganza, 6:45 p.m.
Department of Water and Power Oddly, however, Mono County daily.
perhaps did not anticipate the voters don't seem disturbed as they
consequences about which they now unseated Joan Green, their county Salute to Mexico Day Sunday,
Feb. 22, 1:00-4:45 p.m.
complain. They received excellent superviser most active in attempts to
prices for this land and then, if they save the lake. Jose Feliciano on stage Feb. 11,
wished, were allowed to lease it The problem with forming a 8:30 p.m.
back. And, too, their towns were state-level commission is that it 2 Big Arena Shows daily 1:30 and
provided with water systems by the would undoubtedly be apportioned 8:30 p.m. (except Feb. 22).
DWP, at rates to the user never and if it is, Owen's foliage and
higher than those in the city Mono's shrimp would be no better Senior Citizens' Days — Feb. 17,
far away. off than before. So once again we see 18, 19.
But the facts remain that Mono the interests of the majority in sharp
Lake is both shrinking and conflict with the survival of flora "A Riverside County's
increasing in salinity to a point and fauna.
where traditional life forms in and on But unlike the Coachella Valley
it may not survive. The Owens fringe-toed lizard versus man and his
Valley, in turn, is demonstrably shopping centers {Desert,
drying up, because the water table is
falling beyond the reach of the roots
that must tap% it.
November 1980), Mono and Owens
represent much more than just the •Qabe festival
life they support. Irreplaceable
Surprisingly, no proposed solution resources are involved. A truly AT THE INDIO FAIRGROUNDS
to the most visible of the apolitical body should be appointed Highway 111 and Arabia Street
consequences, Mono Lake, Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
with the authority to both hear and
appeared on last November's ballot, act, promptly, before it is too late. Admission: Adults $3.00. Group
Rate (10 or more) $2.50 ea. Grant 1-
although legal action has been filed stand Seats for Races and some pe
against the DWP by the Sierra Club, formances: $1.00 and up. For To
arrangements or other informatio
Audubon Society and others. Voters write Date Festival. P. 0. Draw
of Inyo County, however, passed NNNN, Indio. CA 92201. Phoi
(714) 342-8247.

DF.SRRT 5
LETTERS inscriptions found in the 1800s have
POWER HUM ADDLES those, like him, who want to lean
BRAINS their heads against transmission only recently been deciphered; it is
While visiting a friend in San Diego poles for whatever reason. He noted only in this Century that we have
County recently, I attended a three types of head-to-pole leaners: translated ancient Egyptian,
meeting of the California Public those with the usual three pounds of Phoenician and Celt. That would
Utilities Commission, the San Diego brains sitting firmly on their seem to eliminate the possibility of a
Gas and Electric Co., and brain-pans and fitting their cranial hoax as no one could write these
landowners (among whom was my cavities perfectly who should be inscriptions at the time they were
friend) affected by the utility's provided with comfortable niches; discovered. And I remember a
desire to acquire a 330-foot wide those with thick skulls who needed German language professor of mine
right-of-way on private lands for a the bare pole to absorb the full who mentioned to my class fifteen
multi-million-volt transmission line. effect; and those with large cranial years ago that the Hungarian
The P.U.C. had previously refused cavities and small brains who would language was very similar to
permission for the utility to run the require a fully-cushioned pole to Navaho.
lines across adjacent, state-owned prevent potentially lethal Dr. Peter Cyrog, D.V.M.
land on the grounds that they would brain rattle. Los Angeles, Calif.
be "ugly." The witness, looking straight at
The protest of the landowners was the committee members, suggested GOOD VEGETATIVE
long, loud and educated. Then, just that the small-brain types, without MANAGEMENT
as the meeting was about to adjourn, suitable protection, might be I have never before in my life written
a haired-over individual said he rendered into a state of sleep to a magazine, but your editorial in
wished to address the group. (I wherein their decisions might be this month's issue (Desert,
learned that when he had spoken at worse than now. December 1980) made me so mad, I
their meetings in the past — and it What was supposed to have been just had to say something. You made
was so now — that the newspaper the final meeting on this subject was it sound like those kids did a great
and TV cameras focused on the long adjourned until sometime the next service to the state of California by
hair as he spoke and weaved back month without any action having burning off the dead brush. As you
and forth). been taken. put it, "good vegetative
In his youth, he said, he had many J. Joseph Shatney, Jr. management." I doubt very much if
times placed his head against the Truth or Consequences, N.M. you or a loved one had risked his life
power pole near his home and felt to help put out the fire, or if you'd
the rumble down the pole jar his BARRY FELL FANS lost your home in the fire, that you
brain. Though it was only 440 volts, Those intrigued by "Terra Calalus, would say "good management" and
he said it hypnotized him and that U.S.A." (Desert, December 1980) "they've suffered enough."
caused him to dream of many things can read further on old world settlers Sylvia Lyon
he might not have dreamed of in the Americas. Two sources are Re do ndo Beach, Calif.
otherwise. He said that he had America B.C. and Saga America,
researched the effect of rumbles both books by Barry Fell. Another It was those who did "risk their
caused by three to five million volts, resource is the Epigraphic Society, lives," U.S. and California forestry
and that the forces moved down 6 Woodland St., Arlington, MA officials, who described the overall
more than they moved up. Thus, he 02174. Prof. Fell is a founder of that results of the fire as "good vegetative
said, anything down below was group. management," not us.
going to absorb something very Allan B. Martin
strange. Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif. RECURRING RING
He predicted rattlesnakes would The July, 1968 issue of Desert had an
become confused by the sensory Dr. Barry Fell suggests in his book, article by Gale R. Rhodes entitled
elements of their tongues moving to America B.C., that the Celts may "Spanish Treasure of the Unitahs."
the roof of their mouths and they have been trading with American In it the author mentioned an old
would strike out at something not Indians prior to the birth of Christ. Indian finding a small brass mule bell
there; that the upset metabolism of He further suggests that the reputed which had the inscription: "1878 —
cows would cause milk to be given wealth of Gaul (furs and copper) Saicnelegier, Chiantel, Fondeur."
down when it wasn't milking time; which stimulated the Roman The bell also had two Spanish
that lizards and birds and mesa mint invasion of Britain was probably crosses on it.
and everything in the area that the coming from America. There also
state now protects would flee or dig exists evidence that the Egyptians,
deeper; and that the jack rabbit Phoenicians and others may have
would come to consider it his influenced the languages of various
profound duty to go out at night and American Indian tribes. Studies
insist the coyotes eat him. have shown remarkable similarity
The witness pleaded that between Egyptian and the Micamac
something safe be provided for Hieroglyphics. Stones bearing
6 FEBRUARY, 1981
Well, the other day an old
prospector wandered into my
service station and guess what,
among other items, I bought from
him? A bell that exactly matches the
one described in your article.
Doug Smith
Essex, Calif.

FLORAL WHIMSY
I should like to tell you how
delighted I was with Wayne
Armstrong's article, "Curious
Wildflower Names" (Desert,
November 1980). I enjoy words,
respect and like Latin, adore plants
and appreciate humor. Unifolium
bifolium, indeed! How many times I
walked three-quarters of a mile to
the lab at Cornell memorizing Latin
names! And the "wait-a-minute"
bush — I've expounded on it in
several letters to friends already.
Dorothy Sherk
Pdtzeuaro, Michoacdn, Mexico

LONELY IN ILLINOIS
Sure wish you had more poetry to
match all the wonderful desert
magic. Sure wish you had a Desert
Pen Pals Club where friends could
exchange ideas.
Raymond Krum
Northfield, III.

"Traces in the Sand," a Desert


pictorial featuring a poem selected
from the many sent to us, is a new and
regular feature, this month on pages
38-39. Readers who wish to help Mr.
Krum form a Pen Pals Club may
write him and his wife at 312 Third
St., Northfield, IL 60093.

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DEATH VALLEY A
by Don MacDonald
NATIONAL MONUMENT \
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D
ESERT MAGAZINE; that day forward the characters in
v now in its 43rd year, is the drama, the humans who had
I only four years pioneered the Valley, were first
f younger than Death harassed and then preemptorily
Valley if you count ordered to leave. Let Burro Bill
back to when the latter Price and his wife, Edna, who
became a U.S. National Monument. chronicled this period, put it in their
Then, too, we can look behind us 132 own words, as found in Edna's
years to another significant date, book, Burro Bill and Me *:
that when an unnecessarily terrified, "But also there was, we had
though perhaps genuinely heard, a new person abroad — a
discomfited, female 49'er gave the custodian of the newly-made
Valley its wholly inappropriate National Monument. The Indians
name. However, these events span could not believe that they were no
very little time as history is longer to hunt the mountain sheep,
measured, still less the way the rabbits, the ducks, on this, their
geologists count. own land from the beginning of the
During this brief period, world. What would they do for food?
nevertheless, legends have been " 'Well,' said Indian Tom, 'that
generated, told, and retold, by man is only one. He no can be
countless writers to the extent where everywhere at once. Me, I will eat.'
their words surely outnumber the We, too, were dependent on game
total set to paper on any other for food, so, like the Indians, Bill
western subject. And the words continued to hunt, as silently and
continue to flow, even though the warily as they. He learned to creep
generating of legends stopped on upon a rabbit so stealthily that he
about that day in 1933 when the
Valley was taken over. •Strawberry Valley Press, Idyllwild,
The reason, simply put, is from Calif. — $4.95
well-written guides are furnished at
Today's ranger contingent in Death Valley no cost to the government by
volunteers from the Death Valley
is composed of young, college-trained Natural History Association.
Once practically deserted in the
men and women. summertime, even by the native
Indians, Death Valley now hosts a
significant and growing number of
rarely missed a shot and, from Valley Scotty who lingered on in international visitors, primarily
necessity, developed a "his" castle under the influential Germans and Japanese. Everybody
marksmanship that could clip a shield of the real owner, Chicago is happy about this except the
quail's head neatly from its body or millionaire Albert Mussey Johnson. rent-a-car companies, whose
catch a duck as it rose in flight." Shorty Harris and Seldom Seen Slim maintenance programs fail to cope
But truce by default couldn't last. were off in Ballarat; borax mining with the unique combination of
Edna and Bill, their friend Mac, John was more and more restricted; there drivers exuberantly experiencing
the Duke of Luxembourg, Neighbor was nothing the pioneer in the Valley open spaces unknown in their home
George, Shorty Borden, Bill could do to sustain himself except countries and the extreme
Corcoran and the others mentioned capitulate and work for the temperature. Their hard driving
in this delightful little book, knew government or Fred Harvey, Inc., keeps the rangers' walkie-talkies

r
their days in the Valley were the tourist concessionaires. buzzing with reports of cars in
numbered: "Soon the brooding trouble.
stillness would give way to a buzz of ODAY, ALL THE And that recalls a legend. Mac, the
activity as the new Park Service set natural wonders and Prices' friend, used to line the steep
up its smoothly efficient machinery, the most dramatic grade into Wild Rose Canyon with
and forever put a stop to the hunting scenic views in the shiny five-gallon water cans, crudely
and mining by which we lived. Valley are neatly spun lettered: "Help Yourself and Bring
'"Alley Oop! On delay! Get up, together by a network the Can to the Next Water, 3 Miles."
you long-eared bastards!' yelled Bill. of paved or graded roads. Visitors, When asked if anyone ever stole his
The burro bells jangled a response who now number around 700,000 cans, he replied: "Why no, it says
and we were on our way to the most annually, are directed to these right on the sign to bring 'em here."
primitive land left in America — the attractions by discreet sign-boards Today's ranger contingent in
Arizona Strip." and once there, they may read about Death Valley is composed of young,
That was 1933. No character left a the spot upon which they are college-trained men and women who
stamp with a later date less you standing by extracting a descriptive are smart in dress and mind. They
consider the dubious ones of Death folder from a nearby kiosk. The are dedicated to their careers; I've
never heard any complain about
their assignment, despite the relative
hardship and high cost of living in
THE RESURRECTION OE DEATH VALLEY the area. Home for most is a stark
pre-fab on stilts, in unshaded,
military-like clusters.
SOUTHERN
California Marcy theorized that evaporation from And they tend to think in a
bursting its seams, with attendant this new body of water, eventually military pattern. Oft-recurring in any
energy crises and waste disposal covering the approximately 200 square conversation with them that may
problems, we wouldn't be too surprised miles of the Valley that lies at or below question existing concepts of
to see a resurgence of the "E. L. Marcy sea level, would change the desert
Plan." Marcy was an engineer who in the climate. Forests would spring up, other
protection and enforcement is
1960s envisioned an idea so improbable lakes would form, and Death Valley reference to "our mandate." This
and provocative that ecologists in would revert to the semi-tropical jungle it relates to the role of the Park
particular thought he ought to be once was 2,000 or so years ago before a Service, outlined by the Act
locked up. great upheaval turned it into a desert. establishing it on August 25, 1916.
What Marcy proposed was to set aside The painted, sun-baked hills would be Section 1, 39Stat-535, says: "The
Death Valley as a natural reservoir to coated with green grass, legendary lost Service shall conserve scenery and
reclaim waste water from Southern mines would be buried in vinery, all the natural and historic objects and
California. The effluent, presumably old clues and waybills (and old Desert wildlife therein and provide for the
after some prior purification, would be Magazines) would be useless, and that
carried by gravity through gently sloping use and enjoyment of same in such a
wouldn't do at all. And, needless to say, manner and with such means as will
tunnels or tubes to be dumped into Death U.S. National Park Service personnel
Valley's 282-feet-below-sea-level basin. disapprove unanimously of the Marcy leave them unimpaired for the
And that was but a part of his scheme. Plan. enjoyment of future generations."
He envisioned a tube large enough to We checked with KABC-TV's genial This mandate, as we learned from
include besides the water, a rapid-transit weather expert, Doctor George Edna Price, was effectively applied
system to whisk people and freight Fischbeck to see if these imaginings in Death Valley from its beginning as
between the two destinations, thus could really come to pass, and he said a Monument in 1933. Further
inhabiting the "empty" Death Valley indeed they could if Mr. Marcy's scheme intrusion by man, other than
area and relieving the strain of were ever adopted. We wonder what visitation, was progressively
over-population in Southern California ever became of Mr. Marcy?
cities. prohibited, and the language was
Choral Pepper soon translated to read expulsion of
WHERE TO GO AND
WHAT TO SEE IN DEATH VALLEY
FURNACE CREEK INN AND CHARCOAL KILNS: THE RACETRACK:
RANCH RESORT: A true oasis in Eight-and-one-half miles above Wild Approximately 26 miles south of
Death Valley. In its setting of Rose Station, these kilns were built Ubehebe Crater on a dry lake is this
mountains and valleys this resort in the 1870s to convert pine to area known for its moving rocks.
offers you the choice of charcoal which was needed for the Looking carefully, you can see the
accommodations at either the Ranch Modoc Mines in the Panamint tracks from the movement of the
or the Inn. Each has its own special mountains. Shaped like giant rocks. Scientists say this occurs as a
charm. The Inn features gourmet beehives, the restored kilns are result of high winds forcing the rocks
dining at the Oasis Supper Club, approximately thirty feet in across the ground when it is at the
while the Ranch offers more modest diameter. proper moisture level.
restaurants and has its own general
store for gifts and souvenirs. Both MESQUITE SPRINGS: This HARMONY BORAX WORKS:
locations offer swimming, tennis, excellent site for camping is located Located about one mile north of
golf, horseback riding and many at Death Valley Wash in a large Furnace Creek Ranch is one of
areas for exploring. grove of mesquite trees near a several sites where borax was
continuously flowing spring. refined. The old vats and boilers and
STOVE PIPE WELLS VILLAGE: some of the structure have been
Centrally located so you can visit all CHLORIDE CITY: A typical Death restored.
of Death Valley's points of interest, Valley ghost town which has had two
this resort offers comfortable booms, the last in 1910. Above the RHYOLITE, NEVADA: If you are
accommodations along with a saloon city is Chloride Cliff which provides interested in ghost towns, this is a
and dining rooms. There is a general one of the best views of Death good place to go. You can still see
store, service station and a heated Valley. the ruins of the town along Golden
mineral pool. Street. The famous bottle house and
UBEHEBE CRATER: This colorful railroad depot are open to the public.
DANTE'S VIEW: A view unequaled crater from an extinct volcano is Food and souvenirs are available.
anywhere in the world. From here approximately five miles beyond
you can see the lowest point in Scotty's Castle, measures one-third
Death Valley at 282 feet below sea BADWATER: This pond is 279.6 feet
of a mile across and is 880-feet deep. below sea level and several miles
level against a backdrop of the
14,000-foot peaks of the High Sierra. east of the lowest point on the
TITUS CANYON: On the road to American continent which is 282 feet
Scotty's Castle, this is a side trip below sea level. It is the habitat for
PUPFISH: One of the Valley's well worth the time involved. Six species of insects found nowhere
smallest creatures, they live in tepid miles up the canyon is Klare Spring else in the world.
streams and salty pools in various and about 2Vi -miles further on is the
areas of Death Valley. Usually they ghost town of Leadfield. This is a
don't exceed two inches in length. good canyon for exploring. NATURAL BRIDGE: A few miles
They are believed to have survived north of Badwater, a remarkable
from the Ice Age lake when arch rises fifty feet above a wash.
mastodons roamed the valley. DEVIL'S GOLF COURSE: About Beyond you can see a chute where
six miles north of Badwater you can water drops over the canyon rim and
find this vast bed of rugged salt cuts into the wall. From here you
TWENTY MULE TEAM crystals. They take shape in various can also see the former levels of
CANYON: Near Furnace Creek, this forms such as ridges, edges and the wash.
is where borax was mined. It once spires of pure sodium chloride
contained the first frame house in (common salt).
Death Valley which has since been If you want to learn more about
moved to Furnace Creek Ranch and SCOTTY'S CASTLE: Near the Death Valley, check the many books
is now occupied by the Borax mouth of Grapevine Canyon lies a listed on pages 60-61. These titles
Museum. palatial Moorish mansion. and more are available at Desert
Construction was started in 1924 by Magazine's Book Store and Art
TELESCOPE PEAK: The highest Albert Johnson. The castle has Gallery, 74-425 Highway 111, Palm
point in the Panamint Range. The eighteen fireplaces and a 260-foot Desert, California. Hours:
base is below sea level and it reaches swimming pool. Guided tours start Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
to 11,049 feet above sea level. on the hour. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Death Valley has lost its most precious
resource, its special kind of people.
those already there. Where a large corporations, their employees
privately owned artifact was deemed and stockholders. Taking their side
"historic," it was acquired, often by is akin to being against motherhood,
methods that did not consider the or for pollution. As worded above,
wishes of the owner. restricted as it is to two highly visible
Various mining regulations, activities, she lays upon us a
culminating in the Mining in the compelling argument.
Parks Act of 1976, were and are

B
rigidly enforced. This latter, in UT WHAT about Edna
effect, required that operations be and Bill Price, who
conducted at a profit. Those that once accidentally
'HOLESOME weren't were considered frivolous made camp on a spot
and one by one, closed down, by used similarly by the
\ESS OF THIS court order if necessary. 49'ers and, horrors of
_ OUS FRUIT The argument for this is perhaps horrors, promptly erected a souvenir
COMES, TO YOU AND best expounded by Ruth Kirk in her stand to hawk the relics they found
YOUR FRIENDS FROM book, Exploring Death Valley.* there? What about Shorty Harris,
LEE ANDERSON'S Writing in 1956 and presumably Shorty Borden and the others who
VALDA GARDENS. updating her statements in the third gave birth to the legends that draw
edition, published in 1978, from people to Death Valley today?
HAVE A WIDE which this is taken, she says: "Over Didn't they in their time qualify at
SELECTION OF DATES 2,000 claims are staked in the the least as "historical objects" to
AND DATE PRODUCES, National Monument, only a fraction be left unimpaired for the enjoyment
FROM BULK TO FANCY feasible as mines." of visitors?
GIFT PACKS. GIFT Continuing, she reports: "Those True, they'd all be gone by now,
PACKS ARE PACKED ON that do operate are strip mines. A but a measure of their spirit could be
ORDER TO INSURE single borate pit and dump in upper preserved if a crack were left in that
FRESHNESS AND Furnace Creek sprawl across more mandate to allow in younger men
QUALITY. than 300 acres of landscape, yet the and women of the same mold. "Gold
total life of the mine until the ore was mines pock-marking the
COME SEE OUR DATE expected to give out was only six mountains," complains Kirk,
years. Overall, similar modern "hardly any of which could possibly
PRODUCTS IN OUR borate mining has consumed one prosper."
NATURAL FOOD STORE acre of Death Valley's surface for Old Bill Thompson took nothing
AT 51-392 HWY. 86, every 10,000 tons of mineral out of his Lost Burro Mine in the
COACHELLA, CA, OR produced; in the southern Panamint foothills of the Cottonwood
WRITE US FOR DATE Mountains where talc is strip-mined, Mountains. Bill, who acquired the
LITERATURE AND OUR the rate of surface destruction is six claim in the 1940s, ran a fruit stand in
PRICE LIST. times greater. Desert Hot Springs. He knew his
"Yet these particular deposits are predecessors had never gotten more
not needed. Borate and talc exist than $5,000 out of the Lost Burro,
NO PESTICIDES abundantly elsewhere in the but he dreamed he could.
NO CHEMICAL FERTILIZERS country. Unique scenery has been And he'd go to the Lost Burro
NOFUMIGANTS fed into the manufacture of whenever he could steal time. He
fiberglass, ceramics and paint which tried alone in a mine that had once
would have been produced worked sixteen men, and he wasn't
anyway." successful as measured by the
Ruth Kirk's husband, Louis, is a Mining in the Parks Act of 1976.
career naturalist in the Park Service. There's valid question as to whether
She, reflecting their mutual he ever intended to be which, in
interests, is an eloquent turn, could draw the valid answer,
spokesperson for the "mandate." who cares? Perhaps Bill Thompson
And, too, the only empathy involved just wanted to be alone with
Box 908 in whether borate and talc his dreams.
.9223 operations continue or are shut Anyway, the government cared
/.86, down is the financial interests of and Old Bill was inexorably
Coachella pressured out. He had what is called
* Stanford University Press, Stanford, an unpatented claim, wherein title to
Calif. —$3.45 the land remains forever with the
1 A C C D D I 1 A D \7 1 f»O 1
United States. The validity of his
claim was due to be questioned in f f*^
Luxury on
Luxury on aa»«
Baja Beach
court, but Old Bill cheated them. He
died of a heart attack early last year.
Now, the matter can be resolved,
/in econhorel
Av. Mlsion de Loreto No. 148 • Apdo. Postal No. 190 • S»n Febp.. B«|« California. M«lco • Tdrfonoi: 7-1094 al 7-10M
without emotion, by his executor.
This is what I miss when I visit
Death Valley today. Nobody that
belongs there lives there. Even the
feral burros, descendents of those
without which man could not have
made it in the Valley, are marked for
removal. They cause dire harm, it is
claimed. They wear trails in the land,
foul watering holes, consume rare
vegetation and are a hazard to
motorists. If enough people won't
"adopt" them under current
programs, there is only one
unspoken, hush-hush alternative —
they'll be shot. Discover the Other Mexico When You Visit
One can't really blame the Beautiful San Felipe, Baja California
government for this predicament, if Whether you're after that telephones and bath. Restaurant, bar,
you view it further afield than just record-breaking corvina or simply swimming pool, tennis, gift shop.
the Valley. It was the cattlemen and getting away to a quiet, friendly place Discotheque, too. Bring the whole family.
sheepherders who hunted predators with ocean breezes and luxury
accommodations, you'll love the For Information and Reservations
such as the lion and wolf to village of San Felipe and your stay at Call Your Travel Agent or
. extinction and thus left nature Econhotel. Overlooks a superb beach
without its controls. for sunning, swimming, surf fishing.
Or can you? Burro Bill and Edna 120 air conditioned rooms with /fi\econhotdles
came to the Valley in a Ford and 7488 La Jolla Blvd. • P.O. Box 3335, La Jolla, CA 92038 .Telephone (714) 459-0251
soon traded it for four burros. The California Toll Free: (800) 542-6028 • Nationwide: (800) 854-2026 Telex: 695444
animals were precious then; their
livelihood in the Valley was
impossible without them. And they
took them along when they were run
off because they were going to a
place even more remote. Others in
their turn just set their burros loose.
That's how it started, the
government.
It is still possible, of course, to AND LOUNGE
lose one's self in today's Monument,
both by Jeep and on foot. But you in Indian Wells, Calif.
can't stay. I heard, for example, a Phone:(714)345-2581
ranger describe how one weekend he
had climbed, hand over hand, to a
spot he was certain no one had been
before but while resting, he looked
around. There, sure enough, was a Hence:
marker. Someone had once claimed 1. All Vegetables will be Fresh, all 3. Major Credit Cards will be honored
that remote peak. Fish Newly Captured, all Breads and, under Special Conditions, Cash
It was an odd paradox, I thought, Freshly Baked and all Meats Properly will be accepted as payment for all Ac-
the ranger thinking he had pioneered Prepared to your Taste. If not, RAISE counts.
and Indian Tom saying, "that man HELL!
is only one. He no can be
everywhere at once . . . " It's true, 2. Service will be Prompt and Pleasant 4. Above All, no Man shall leave this
sooner or later,' 'that man'' would as the Pleasing of our Patrons is Establishment with unsatisfied Hunger
be everywhere, one place at a time. Paramount. If not, see Above. or undiminished Thirst.
And therefore, Death Valley has lost
its most precious resource, its OPEN FOR BREAKFAST * LUNCH * DINNER
special kind of people. 0 Fabulous Sunday Champagne Brunch, 10 to 2
Entertainment in the Lounge Tues. through Sat., beginning 8:30 p.m.
(Publisher's Note: Both books referred to in
this article are available through Desert Situated in the luxurious Indian Wells Hotel
Magazine's Book Store. See pages 60-61 for (Built by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez in 1957)
ordering information.)
Run-off from spring-fed pool (right)
is used for irrigation. Furnace Creek
Inn (below) beckons travelers day
and night at the intersection of two
main enter roads to the monument.

AN
OASIS
FOR THE JET SET
The Story of How the
Furnace Creek Inn Came to Be
PHOTO COURTESY OF FURNACE CREEK INN!

rm \

.ell
wings extending on either side of the came to seek. To its eternal credit,
By Maty Eileen main building.
The accommodations, food
the Furnace Creek Inn stands on its
own and doesn't rely on the
Tivyman and service were pure luxury. It was notoriety of its visitors for publicity.
this deluxe treatment, combined Just as the Inn operates on
HEN THE 49ERS passed with the desert magnificence and tradition, it has become a tradition to
W through Death Valley, terrified,
worn in mind and body, certainly not
solitude of Death Valley, this perfect
blend of contrasts, that caused the
many families. It is not uncommon
for the children and grandchildren of
one of the party would have popularity of the Furnace Creek Inn former guests to vacation at the Inn,
predicted that someday, people to grow with a speed that amazed sometimes in the same rooms used
would come there for enjoyment. even the farsighted Nellie Coffman. by their parents and grandparents.
The idea that a resort hotel would be Automobile travel to the Inn Many people are also married there,
built was unthinkable. Yet, records began to increase in spite of the poor in the Oasis Garden where the slope
show they rested and replenished roads, and on either side of the of the lush grass-coated ravine rises
their water supply on the exact site parking areas five terrace rooms gently around shadowed pools. For
where, 77 years later, construction were added by fall of 1927. Ten more 46 years Deglet Noor date palms and
started on the plush Furnace were completed in 1928, and 1929 fan palms have reached proudly
Creek Inn. saw the building of a seventeen- skyward from this garden, spreading
As early as 1851, pioneers were room annex for the hotel help, and broad, fluted leaves against the
coming to Death Valley in search of the 87-degree spring fed a new withering rays of the desert sun;
minerals and some decided to stay. swimming pool and dressing rooms. allowing this little space of green to
The Pacific Coast Borax Company In 1930 a two-story, 21-room north flourish splendidly and boldly and in
was quite aware of this untapped wing was built and joined by an spite of the crushing environment.
potential for tourism, and also, they enclosed bridge to the main building. Owned by Fred Harvey, Inc., an
owned the Tonopah & Tidewater Another building, completely of Amfac company since 1969, the Inn
and Death Valley Railroads. The stone, was also built for the kitchen offers a modified American plan,
only thing missing was help at this time. In 1934 the lower air-conditioned rooms, swimming
accommodations for the travelers. lounge and recreation room and the pool, tennis, badminton, a supper
Much discussion resulted. Some beautiful oasis garden were added in club with entertainment and a
executives of the Company were the ongoing expansion program. cocktail lounge. It also offers Death
fiercely opposed to the idea of a With no more space on top of the Valley National Monument,
grand hotel on the Valley floor. butte for the proliferating Inn to 2,000,000 acres, more or less, of
Nevertheless, Frank Jenifer, who at stretch out, it began to reach capsuled history.
that time was vice-president of upwards. In 1935, the enclosed There is a paradox, a certain
Pacific Coast Borax, invited Mrs. bridge was removed and a four-story sadness, to Death Valley now. While
Nellie Coffman to evaluate the tower containing an elevator and 24 the Furnace Creek Inn is in the
situation. Knowledgeable, direct and rooms replaced it. The kitchen and process of planning even more
blessed with a lot of foresight, Mrs. lobby were also enlarged, as was the expansion, what made Death Valley
Coffman drew on her many years of dining room by removing the walls of a place of such historical significance
experience running the highly ten of the original bedrooms. During is no longer even allowed. While old
successful Desert Inn in Palm this time several buildings were built enterprises like the Harmony Borax
Springs and squelched adverse away from the main hotel and further Works, the Ubehebe Lead Mine and
opinions very quickly with her up Furnace Creek Wash for the help. the Lost Burro Mine are all looked
strong, positive input. She even By 1937, employees had 56 rooms set upon as shrines, and the people who
went one step further and suggested aside for their use. brought them about are lauded as a
the hotel be built at Furnace Creek. stout-hearted, lost breed, if a
Plans for the hotel were drawn up
by architect Albert C. Martin. The
board of directors grumbled at the
T HE SAME COMBINATION
of impeccable hospitality,
backdropped by an unconquerable
throwback to that breed would show
up with pick in hand and burro on
lead, he would be thrown out of the
$30,000 price tag on the entire wilderness, that attracted people to Valley, by law.
project, but they proceeded anyway. the Inn 53 years ago in numbers that The burro, whose strong back and
So in February of 1927, sitting atop forced a ten-year expansion program ability to live any where, made it
a small butte which had been an to begin the very year it opened, still possible for prospectors to survive in
Indian ceremonial ground, and fills the Inn with guests during its Death Valley, is now scorned. If an
situated near the mouth of Furnace October to May season today. unlikely pair such as Albert Johnson
Creek, supplied with water from the Although attendants aren't as and Walter Scott announced plans to
same spring that had revived the starched and uniformed as they were build a castle in Death Valley, the
49ers, and facing the Panamint then, they serve you with the same Park Service would lock them up
Mountains, the Furnace Creek Inn graciousness. Famous authors over and throw away the key.
was open for business. the years have written books in the The Furnace Creek Inn is more
Quick-growing tamarisk trees seclusion of the Inn, while movie than a resort hotel. It is a private
were planted on the grounds to stars and politicians have sought business, surviving on a small patch
supply fuel for the fireplaces which refuge for less creative reasons. All of private property within a saran-
were in each of the twelve rooms. know this same graciousness that wrapped public domain. The
All of the rooms opened out onto a invited them would respect their Furnace Creek Inn is Death Valley's
veranda, and were contained in two privacy and protect the solitude they last pioneer. @
Light-Hearted Proof
that Death Valley
|wajs Misnamed

e Happy WaM
by M.C. JUHREN
ATE IN THE summer of
1861, in Lida Valley, Nevada,
ii hopeful young man stood
watching the loading of mules for a
long trip and struck up a
conversation with the two men in
charge. They intended to go to San
Francisco by way of Death Valley.
They had four mules, two horses, a
stock of provisions and thirteen
dollars. He asked to go along.
It would slow them down to take
him, for he had no horse and must
walk unless one of the men would
spell him. Furthermore, he wanted
to take along a large bundle of
boards. This, as the leader
understated, would be "unhandy."
But they must have liked him, and
they all shared a liking for the desert
and a refusal to believe in the
fearsomeness of Death Valley. They
agreed to take him on as a member of
the party.
Death Valley at this time was at
the depths of its bad repute. It had
been eleven years since the Bennett-

a :i •.. Arcane-Manly party and the


Jayhawkers had gone through their
well-publicized ordeal there. It
would be another eleven years
before the Valley would be
competently explored. A few people
had tried their luck there at
prospecting, and their experience
had all been bad. Rumors of silver
ore had drawn them, after the gold
had begun to play out.
Especially enticing had been the
talk of a lost gunsight which its
owner had replaced by one of silver,
and the accompanying rumor that a
cliff of pure silver existed in the
Valley. At least two parties had gone
in search of it, but individual
members felt lucky if they got out
with their lives. Not all of them did.
Then, an offical survey party had
gone in, that year, financed by
politicians who wished to find out
whether valuable ore was present on
the California side of the Grapevine
and Funeral Mountains. They
became scattered while looking for
water, and when the lost groups all

Naming this area of Death Valley the


"Badlands" seems like overkill.
came together, by accident, at sign-painter by trade. But he had the no trace of George's sign. Instead,
Furnace Creek, they decided they urge to name new places and, what is another sign said "Surveyor's
had had enough and left. often harder, to make the names Wells." On the Rand McNally map
Then why did these three men stick. To help ensure this, he erected there is a Surveyor's Spring but
elect to travel the width of the Valley his sign sturdily enough to hold in much further north. About where
with no more serious objective than strong winds. It must have looked Surveyor's Wells was shown on an
a desire to see San Francisco? Well, official, strongly placed and Army Engineers map, (there is a
they were very young, first- professionally painted. difference in the placement of sea
generation natives; the leader, "The sign got on the maps," said level), the name "Midway Well"
George DeHart, cannot have been DeHart proudly, "and it is there to appeared; but on recent Auto Club
more than eighteen. This meant that this day . . ."It was 1929 when he maps, no name at all is in that
they had been raised in the desert, said this, but in our day, too, it is location. About all that is sure is that
and knew how to survive in it. It did still the name on the maps. It can be Sacatone Flats was at the northern
not hold for them that debilitating traced from the old mining maps end of Mesquite Flats.
fear of the unknown. through the Rand McNally maps of But if fate was unkind to George in
DeHart was very good at finding 1883 and the Army Engineers his naming of this place, she was
water, and he had a mule that was Topographic Sheet of 1957, on down good to him in another way. He
even better at it. By going down to the map the Automobile Club of found a horse. At first it seemed
through the Valley, they could avoid Southern California will hand you utterly wild. It took all three men to
the high passes of the Sierra and today, if you ask. get it into camp. Once there, it
cross by the Walker Pass, the They went on to a pleasing site sniffed curiously, calmed down, then
southernmost and lowest, which some fourteen miles further on. strolled over to a pan of dried biscuit
seldom had snow. And they wanted There they found springs with wild dough in a pan, and ate it with relish.
to show it could be done, that the grapevines growing lushly around, Now that he was quiet, they could
Valley was not as bad as it had been and fine pasturage for the mules. The see that a white line around his
painted. Also the new member of the vivid color of the grapevines could middle was the disintegrating
party, whose name we know only as be seen from quite a distance; not remains of a pack saddle.
George, had an urge to name new from Sand Springs, for a projection "Somebody had come to grief
places — an urge he did not speak of of Gold Mountain is in the way, but near there," said DeHart, "and we
just yet. from a short distance west of their hunted for signs of him, but found
As to the exact route they took, camp, over near the foothills of the nothing but an old gun flint that fell
DeHart, living in Mecca, California, Last Chance Range, where they to pieces. We wondered how long
well into his eighties, never detailed might have gone to hunt. Or, they the horse had been making it on his
it for posterity, but he gave enough may have simply decided to get on, own. He became the pet of the party."
stopping points that we can get out after a rest which George, on foot, They continued to find it a
our maps, or into our car, or both, no doubt appreciated. At any rate, pleasant trip, DeHart maintaining
and figure it out, which is more they went, and for that site George that there was always water to be
fun anyway. painted and erected the sign found within thirty miles of
Starting from Lida, they had to go "Grapevine Springs." wherever they were. They reached
around Magruder Mountain on the "That name got on the maps, San Francisco to find that their
southeast side, for the other way too," said DeHart, "and not only thirteen dollars stretched well, with
there was a high pass with, by that that, but it also spread to the nearby plentiful meals to be had for fifteen
time, heavy snow. Following along mountains." To the largest canyon, cents and a night's lodging as much
the base of Magruder Mountain at as well, and the local ranger station as a quarter, but only if you wanted a
about the 6,000-foot level, they uses it. private room.
would hit Tule Canyon about where They found a waterhole about DeHart's account differs
it bends south. A road goes down it forty miles south, almost at sea refreshingly from others in that it
now. They might have heard about level. This place, too, offered forage, was carefree, with no somber
the canyon. It goes pretty straight and George named it "Sacatone incidents. Not even an animal
south to about eight miles below Flats." His spelling was phonetic, or suffered. In fact, one was rescued
what is now called Roosevelt Wells. perhaps he added the final " e " to and cared for. It shows how capable
Here the canyon forks. Taking the make sure the word was pronounced and responsible teenagers can be.
middle fork, they found a spring, a correctly by Anglo-Americans. The And there is perhaps a touch of
good one. It is about twenty miles name Sacaton is a Mexican one pathos in the anonymity of George,
from the town of Lida, a reasonable derived from the Spanish sacate. who had such zest for naming, but
day's journey, as they hunted along The English name is dropseed, or if named nothing for himself and had
the way. They set up a camp here; you want the botanical Latin, it is nothing named for him.
however, they soon broke camp and Sporobolus airoides. His name was Wouldn't it be a nice thing if
went somewhat further that day. apt, for the sturdy bunchgrass is a someone somewhere in
But first George proceeded to striking sight when in seed, sending a California's bureaucracy restored
unpack his bundle of boards, and a maze of delicate stems to a height of the name Sacatone Flats to some
can of paint. Then, to his three feet. It is found around marshy good grassy seep, perhaps even
companions' surprise, he painted a places and desert seeps, and doesn't "George's Sacatone Flats'?" But in
sign with professional skill, saying mind alkali. any event, we must agree with
simply "Sand Springs." He Yet this name got lost. Checking DeHart that "two out of three is
explained that he was actually a up some years later, DeHart found pretty good." ¥A
THE
CASTLE
In Grapevine
Canyon
BY FRANK HAMMOND

A, PPROXIMATELY 250 freeway


and highway miles northeast of Los Angeles in the arid heart of what was
once considered one of the most grimly forbidding parts of the world lies
Death Valley, and in one of its canyons sits a wondrous castle.

Death Valley has many unique Moorish architecture rising from the publicized stunts. Johnson's money,
attractions which include Badwater, floor of one of the world's harshest for example, chartered the Santa Fe
the lowest point at 282-feet below deserts, where in summer ground train which, with Scotty helping at
sea level on the North American temperatures of 165 degrees have the throttle, attained speeds up to
continent, ruins of ghost towns and been recorded. Even on the 106 miles per hour to make the
famous mining works, magnificent relatively high ground of Grapevine record run from Los Angeles to
views and peculiar desert plants. But Canyon, it seems an illogical place to Chicago in 44 hours and 50 minutes.
the goal of most visitors is Scotty's build a palace. It was likewise Johnson's money
Castle high up the draw of Grapevine that Scotty used in San Bernardino

I
Canyon at the north end of the valley. T'S WELL KNOWN that and Los Angeles to light 500 cigars
With wide pavement all the way, Scotty's Castle didn't belong to with $10 bills and throw silver
it's easy to get there. During daylight Scotty at all. It belonged to dollars around when John D.
hours seven days a week, except Albert Johnson, a millionaire Rockefeller was tipping dimes. Once
perhaps in the dead of summer, the Chicago financier who had taken a when asked about his connection
parking area across from the dry shine to the colorful Walter Scott, with "Scotty's" castle, Johnson
moat, originally intended to become one-time bronc buster for Buffalo replied, "I'm only his banker."
one of the world's most eleborate Bill Cody's world-famous wild west You can take a self-guided tour of
and elegant swimming pools, will be show, and made the then obscure the fifteen acres of grounds and walk
lined with cars and tour buses. Death Valley prospector his partner. up the hill behind the castle to where
The castle comes upon you It was Johnson's $3,000,000 that Scotty was buried in 1954, and there
suddenly. For miles there is little but built the castle in the 1920s just as it
rocks and sand. Then around a sharp was Johnson's grubstake that Scotly's Castle (above) was opened to
bend there stands this masterpiece of financed all of Scotty's well- tourists even when it was privately owned.
freeze), enough to last.•1.00 years with
the opulent castle, narrated by a every fireplace going day and night.
National Park Service ranger. Furnishings are ornate, either
made to the Johnsons' design or

T HE ARCHITECTURE IS a purchased in Europe or Asia. The


mixture of Moorish and rugs are from Mallorca. The
Spanish with modifications to draperies are specially-tanned
adapt to the extremes of the desert sheepskins, hand painted in New
climate. There is a pre-energy-crisis York. The music room has an organ
solar heating system engineered by with more than 1,000 pipes. It is
Johnson. The kitchen is classical hooked up to play automatically, and
Mexican with bricks, a bee-hive the guides give you a sample of what
oven and even a simulated well. Johnson, his wife, Scotty and their
Tiles on the floors are all from Spain, guests once favored. Bach in Death
some of lavish design. There are Valley is an anomaly you won't forget.
sixteen fireplaces, and in Tie Canyon Bell tower with its elaborate carillon is
behind the castle there are 100,000 typical of the extravagances which
railroad ties which Johnson bought prevented Albert Johnson from finishing
to keep warm (Death Valley can also his Castle. fi\

22 FEBRUARY, 1981
\

DESERT 23
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH

CAMERA WITH A VIEW


camera system, which has both
1/125- and 1/250-second shutter
speeds. Nor is there an integral
metering system; readings from a
hand-held meter must be fed in by
shutter speed and/or f-stop
adjustments.
Again, because of focusing
limitations and intended usage, no
provision is made for synchronized
flash, but a remote cable release
is available.
Other accessories include a table-
top tripod; ultra-violet, yellow or
neutral lens filters; and two types of
eye shields. A carrying case with
shoulder strap is standard.
The earlier models mentioned,
which may still be available at
camera stores, integrated binocular
focus with that of the camera, using
a single 112mm lens with no optional
sizes available. This system was
abandoned with the new 8000 to
gain lens interchangeability at
minimum cost.
A S LOGICAL A combination a 508-foot wide angle field of view, An indirect advantage resulting
L\ as apple pie and ice cream, BAK 4 prisms, rubber eyecups and from the separation of the two
jL X Tasco's new Bino/Cam built-in tripod adapter are standard focusing functions is derived by
8000 is a happy mating of an enough in that field. users suffering from impaired vision.
interchangeable-lens camera with a Tasco sees its primary market in Proper binocular focus for them
wide-angle binocular. One 19-ounce people who would otherwise lug might be incorrect for the camera.
piece of equipment in a single both binocular and camera to a Suggested retail price for the
carrying case translates what you sporting event. The standard 100 mm Bino/Cam 8000 is $299.95 at camera
see to a permanent record in lens will stop down to a minimum of stores everywhere. Further
one motion. 25 feet at f22; f5.6 is limited to 75 information may be obtained by
The camera uses easy-to-load 110 feet, and the optional 70mm lens is a writing Mr. Robert Johnson at
cartridge film. This is readily bit better at 15 and 40 feet, Tasco, P.O. Box 520080, Miami,
available anywhere in Kodachrome, respectively. But the system is not FL 33152
Kodacolor, Verichrome, Tri-X or intended for close-up photography.
equivalent formats, and Kodak at Potential uses among Desert Attention Manufacturers and
least will return your slides in frames Magazine readers are apparent: you Marketers:
with the same outside dimensions as can both view and shoot the action Desert Magazine will be glad to
35 mm, thus permitting use of your while fishing, boating, bird and evaluate your product for inclusion
existing projection equipment. animal watching, or spotting and in this column. We require that it be
Of course a wedding, whether it be then photographing otherwise new, commercially available and
of people or photo/visual equipment, inaccessible landmarks. An optional of specific interest to our readers.
invariably demands a degree of 150mm lens is available for the Where applicable, a returnable
compromise. The camera is not latter purpose. sample should be provided. For
intended for professional use Unlike Tasco's earlier 7600 and further details, write New Products
although the specs for the 7-power 7800 models, binocular focus Editor, Desert Magazine, P.O. Box
binocular with 20mm quality optics, is independent of the pre-focused 1318, Palm Desert, CA 92261. 0
24 FEBRUARY, 1981
THE RIGHT AND WRONG WAY
TO REBUILD OLD ADOBE STRUCTURES

Preserving the
Ancient Pueblos and water often seeps through the
The stone walls at Salmon Ruins stand like a ground into the walls making
child's block city, partially built, then abandoned moisture a challenge to the
stabilizers.
when interest waned. They are graphic reminders The walls themselves are largely
made up of stone veneer on two
of a bustling past when Pueblo Indians made this sides between which was poured a
soupy adobe mix, a combination of
sophisticated apartment complex in northwestern mud, clay, stone, pottery chips and
other debris. An analogy in modern
New Mexico their home. The walls reach architecture is poured concrete walls
with the rubble core corresponding
skyward, chopped off by the hands of time and in function to the poured concrete,
weathered by wind and moisture. Baker said. The analogy falls down,
though,he said,because today the
A crew of fifteen Navaho masons allow archeologists of the future with forms are removed from poured
headed by stabilization director their presumedly better techniques concrete while back then the
Larry Baker are repairing those to learn more about the complex and masonry veneer on both sides of the
walls. Baker is also director of the its culture. rubble core remained.
Puerco Ceramic Lab at Eastern New However, removing sand that The masonry veneer expressed
Mexico University, Portales. His filtered into the ruins for 700 years the builders' sense of artistry as they
stabilization assistant is Norman left the uncovered walls vulnerable made patterns of different stone
Nelson. Following the axiom of to erosion, particularly from sizes, with large stones having bands
make it last but make it look like it's moisture. Like a home, it always of smaller stones running between
1,000 years old, Baker has spent needs repairing somewhere. But, them to form their patterns. Known
summer months since 1974 unlike a home, this ruin is almost 900 as chinking, the small stones provide
supervising putting the walls back years old and has no roof to protect a designer's touch to the walls.
together. the walls. It is partly because of this style
The ruins, located two miles west "It needs preserving," said Baker. that Baker insists on taking pictures
of Bloomfield, New Mexico, on U.S. "They're just not building any more of each wall before it is stabilized.
64, is a pueblo structure built by of them. Our orientation is to Then, using the pictures as a guide,
Chaco Canyon Indians beginning in maintain and preserve the original modern Navaho masons attempt to
the year 1088 A.D. It was inhabited architecture without making an replicate the banded pattern.
off and on until the early 1300s, first exact duplicate, for that would take Most Navahos, because of their
by the colonists from Chaco too long and be too costly." cultural beliefs, will not work at a
Canyon, a trade center fifty miles to In Baker's work with the Salmon ruins site. But, says Baker,
the south with contacts as far away Ruins architecture he has developed stabilizing a ruin is different in their
as Central America, then by Mesa a respect for the early day masons. eyes than excavating one. With
Verde Indians who farmed the area "The walls were built to take stabilization you're not disturbing
nearby before moving into the stress," he said. "They're wide things and releasing malevolent
deserted complex. enough at the base and strong forces, you're restoring them.
Excavation at the ruins progressed enough to take a second story." The masons pay special attention
in 58 of the estimated 200 to 250 When the apartment complex was to stone length, width, color, grain
rooms from 1972 to 1978 under the inhabited, it did indeed have a size, make-up of the mortar joint and
direction of Dr. Cynthia second story. the style of chinking. Once the
Irwin-Williams of E.N.M.U. Other The ruin sits on the alluvial terrace photographs are taken and the
rooms were left unexcavated to of the San Juan River's flood plain deteriorated portion of stone and

by MARGARET CHEASEBRO
DESERT 25
UNDS FOR THE PRESERVA-
tion of Salmon Ruins are provided by the U.S. Heritage Conservation and
Recreation Service, New Mexico Historic Preservation Program, the San
Juan County Museum Association and the San Juan County general fund.

(continued on page 28)

26 FEBRUARY, 1981
A SHORT HISTORY OF NATIVE INDIAN
JEWELRY-A VANISHING DESERT APT
Somewhere West of Denver, and South of the Great Salt Lake, an old man sits in the morning desert^
sun, patiently grinding bits of coral and turquoise into tiny hescke beads. Although he's old, and
as wrinkled as the canyoned hills that surround his pole hogan, his craft is older.
When the Spaniards, relative late-comers to the Indian country, brought the coral from their
sea voyages, silver had long been mined in the hills, or traded out of old Mexico. And precious'
turquoise and bits of shell had been tribal currency for centuries.
Later this day, or perhaps another, the old man
will build a hot fire of pinon and mountain oak, and
with crude leather bellows and a primitive forge
smelt down lumps of silver or old coins and then
hammer them into thin silver sheets.
Cold nights of the desert winter will find him
before his fire, patiently fashioning the silver;
filing, shaping and soldering
until he has formed tiny intri-
cate fixtures and ornaments to
complement the summer's
hescke beads. When he's finished,
astute collectors will count the
product of his patient ancient toil
worth more than its weight in gold.
He will die soon, and a bit more of this
ancient art will die with him. The prices
will rise a bit more for the hand-made
pieces, and the unsuspecting will be sold a few more "fac-
tory" pieces in place of the old man's ancient art.
Of such sad events are values made. And the wise person today buys
value with beauty when possible.
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Baker said his crew makes a test tell what rock and chinking pattern
briquet each time they receive a new was used, "I won't fudge it," he
The walls are made up supply to make sure the mortar color said. He will not rebuild the veneer
matches what they have been using. but will, instead, stabilize the rubble
The ratio has never exceeded eight core. It not only allows accurate
of stone veneer on two pounds of mortar color to 94 pounds stabilization of the wall but lets
of Portland cement, he said. That is visitors see what rubble core
sides between which the manufacturer's specifications to looks like.
keep from adversely affecting the Nor will he stabilize walls that are
cement's bonding properties. not deteriorating. Focus of the
was poured a soupy Once masonry sand is added, that stabilization is on preserving areas
too can change the color of the that are badly deteriorated. To add
mixture and must be tested if the an authentic touch, when masons
adobe mix. sand source changes. In 1979 finish the masonry veneer, they
workers at the site quarried the same stipple the still wet mortar with
type of sand that original masons whisk brooms to obliterate the
rubble core removed, the search used to make the adobe. That trowel marks. Then they dust the
begins for the right sandstone to use. allowed an even closer color match, mortar with dirt from the floor of the
The original masons were particular, Baker said, but in 1980 they received room in which they are working.
too. They went as far as three miles their sand from another source, so But, warns Baker, dusting alone will
away to get the type of sandstone further experimentation in ingredient not insure an "adobe look." That
they wanted. What is believed to be proportions was required. must come in the mixing of the
one of their quarry sites was found The mortar mixture is weaker than mortar ingredients.
three miles from the ruins, Baker that used for a sidewalk, said Baker. If a wall is in good condition
said, but neither it nor closer That's because moisture plays such except for adobe mortar that needs
locations may be quarried today a large role in wall deterioration. A repointing, masons will remove that
because, ironically, they are sidewalk mixture is so hard it will loose or deteriorating adobe, then
considered archeological sites and not allow water to seep through it. wet the joints, the spaces between
cannot be disturbed. Therefore, when it is used in a wall the stone, to reduce shrinkage and
Baker is currently getting his and moisture seeps through from the cracking during drying. Then they
stones from material that ground, the only way it can get out is add the cement mortar, use a whisk
accumulated in and around the through the stones. However, when broom and dust the finished mortar
rooms after the apartment complex water leaches through the stones it with room dirt.
was abandoned and began to fall brings with it the salts that bond the Present-day ingenuity also adds
apart. Even here, however, he must stones together, causing the stones strength to various wall features.
choose carefully, for only to deteriorate faster than normally. Wall niches, pockets in the wall
undeteriorated stone may be used in Baker points out walls at the possibly used for storage, carried the
the wall. Baker said sandstone ruins whose upper portions were weight of the upper wall without
outcroppings where ancient Indians stabilized in 1973 by a National Park added support when Indians first
gathered some of their stones occur Service crew before they became built them. Today, Baker and his
on the mesas surrounding the ruins, aware of how harmful a strong crew install reinforcing rods above
but the exposed rock is deteriorating cement mixture can be. Water that those niches which are hidden from
and cannot be used for building. would normally seep through the view. "They add more strength, and
Once the stones are chosen, entire wall leaches through the we hide them for cosmetic reasons,"
masons shape them with metal tools stones on the lower, unstabilized Baker said.
to conform to the original wall. Then portion, causing them to deteriorate Reinforcing rods are also used
they build up the stone veneer like twice the normal rate. Making the above lintels in doorways, above
laying brick. cement mixture weaker than the ventilator shafts and windows, and
They use a special mortar mixed stone itself allows moisture to leach as structural ties at the corners of
to look like the adobe of the original through the mortar rather than second-story and high first-story
builders. It is a combination of Ideal the stone. walls. The rods are integrated into
Portland cement, Tamms desert tan Once the masonry veneers have the wall caps and joined around the
mortar color No. 3621, washed been stabilized, masons pour a corners to keep the walls straight
masonry sand and water. The mortar soupy combination of mortar mixed and strong. They are always placed
color takes the grayness from the with rocks between the two walls to so they cannot easily be seen to
cement and makes it look more like bond them together. This mixture, conform to the theme of make it old
the original adobe, and the modern called rubble core, is crowned on top but make it look like it's 1,000
mixture will last a long time. to allow moisture to drain off the years old.
The cement and mortar color are wall. Pieces of rock are also Today, though many ruins walls
mixed dry before adding the imbedded in the mortar at the top to still need to be stabilized, the
masonry sand and water to insure discourage visitors from walking on complex is turning into a solid, safe
getting the proper color and mix. the wall. replication of the Pueblo ruins, a
That mix varies every time a new The walls are rebuilt only to their place through which visitors can
shipment of cement or mortar color existing height. If Baker finds a safely walk and, in the summer
arrives, because different shipments portion of wall where the veneer has months, watch stabilization work in
sometimes vary slightly in color. fallen away so badly that he cannot progress first hand.0
CCHDIUDV 1QO1
THE NOSIEST NEWSPAPER IN THE WEST
=== VOL. 2 NO. 2 MARY EILEEN TWYMAN, EDITOR FEBRUARY, 1981

HISTORIC JACUMBA
RESORT ALIVE AND WELL
by Gregg Prosor then what were described as
Jacumba, Calif. —Time didn't "wild women" and even, it was
forget this once thriving town said, gambling.
atop the Mountain Springs Vaughn sold the town in
Grade on the old Butterfield 1944 at what seems today like
Stage route about eighty miles the bargain price of $250,000
east of San Diego. What was to one W. A. Hansen of Fuller-
once called the "Hub City of ton, California. Then followed
the Mountain Empire" had a succession of owners, Hansen
been the victim in part of the taking it back several times in
opening of Interstate Route 8 the interim, until it was ac-
and more directly, the inven- quired by Henry and Jeanne
tion of air conditioning. La Zare.
This gentle decline, how- The La Zares developed a
ever, is about to reverse itself. large clientele for the now
Jacumba Associates, a San aging hotel, but the burden of
Diego-based group of investors, continuous maintenance was
have re-opened the historic too much for them.
sixty-room hotel and as- i about 1967 shows the Hotel Jacumba much as it appears today, While Jacumba Associates
sociated motel and simultane- although businesses adjacent to it have changed.
have ambitious plans for their
ously, there has been an influx across from the hotel where however, servicemen and property, the project is better
of artists and writers to aug- Sunday evening concerts were workers stationed in the sur- called a restoration than a
ment the hardy 400 souls who staged. The Fourth of July was rounding mountains added modernization. There will be
have stuck it out through good observed with speeches, music, some tarnish. T h e hotel no television or telephones in
times and bad. fireworks and ice cream cones. opened a cocktail bar, Jacum- the rooms, and some adjoining
Jacumba, the community, During World War II, ba's first, which led to dancing, accommodations share a bath.
was first acquired as a package Hot springs, a Jacuzzi and a
in 1919 by Bert L. Vaughn. In Finnish sauna are housed
1923 he began construction of within the hotel but the new
the four-story hotel which
opened its doors to guests on
SIDEWINDER LURKING managers, Jim Carman and
Dave Baze, emphasize that the
Memorial Day, two years later.
During the excavation for
the building, workmen found a
IN STOLEN TOOL BOX operation should n o t be
thought of as a "fat farm."
The re-opened restaurant,
small green jade Buddha which Blythe, Calif. — A local thief expected the tools, he also got serving gargantuan meals three
today is cemented to the fire- probably. got the shock of his a bonus—in the form of a live times a day to guests on the
place in the hotel's lounge. life when he opened a tool box (and probably angry) side- American Plan, precludes los-
Where it came from and how it he took from a pair of truck winder rattlesnake the truckers ing much weight. Breakfast
came to be buried in that spot drivers. kept in the box. and lunch are also available to
is still a mystery. They were asleep in their Police have relayed the in- the general public. Jacumba
Jacumba in the 1920s re- motei room here when some- formation to officials at Palo may be reached via a marked
minded observers of a small one entered their truck and Verde Hospital, just in case turn-off on 1-8 or directly on
town transplanted complete took a tool box containing someone suffering from a snake old U.S. 80.
with its culture from the mid- $550 worth of tools. bite shows up there.
west. There was a bandstand While the thief may have - P a l o Verde Valley TIMES —Desert New* Service

OWiie Olttn
DURABLE COACH A WORK OF ART
/ry Raymond Smith Genoa at the edge of Carson
Gardnerville, Nev. — Many Valley and then on into Carson
present-day roads began as City. Stories of runaways, rock
trails or toll roads, only later slides, holdups and hazards
becoming part of our system of concerning staging in this area
paved highways as we now were common.
know them. Hank Monk was generally
And the ruler of the high regarded as the best of the
desert transportation routes coach drivers. His ability, often
was the Concord. These fa- combined with a certain reck-
mous coaches were built to less daring, was said to be re-
carry passengers for long dis- lated to his prodigious ability
tances in minimum time. They to consume rotgut alcohol. It
were true "queens of the road." was Monk who was involved in
The Concords were also perhaps the greatest coach feat
works of art. Although they of record on the east side of the
weighed up to 2,500 pounds, Sierras.
they did not look it, being fully In the early winter of 1862,
as trim and tidy as Chippen- with Monk driving, an iron
dale chairs. They generally had shoe which had been placed Quite a few Concords survived, this one owned by the Wells Fargo Bank.
straw-colored running gear, under the wheel slipped out
while the body was painted a and the team bolted, although Sickle Station in Carson Valley that and died not long after-
bold red, often with somewhat no one inside was aware of it. some five-and-one-half miles wards.
gaudy landscapes or other The brakes were useless. A Mr. from the summit (on the old Stages and staging in Carson
paintings on the doors. W. F. Bennet of Wells Fargo grade), complete with two Valley declined considerably
If the Concord was the was with Monk that day, and switchbacks, in the record time after the advent of the Virginia
queen, the driver was king. As both soon realized that it was of sixteen minutes. & Truckee Railroad in 1906,
he sat on the "box," he was impossible to stop the stage; all Hank Monk was in stages but stages did continue to run
recognized and admired as the they could do was to try to thirty years with only one upset over the mountains to Lake
captain, which he was. He had guide it around the familiar which happened when he was Tahoe and southerly towards
to be (and was) an exceptional curves. hurrying from Glenbrook Bridgeport until the introduc-
man who knew his profession Monk held on as long as he (Tahoe) to Carson, while try- tion of the automobile coach
completely and was able to could, the lines shredding his ing to. make a train connec- in about 1912. After that the
prove it every day, since he fine brown-colored gloves, but tion. Just east of Saint's Rest many liveries in Gardnerville
risked death at every turn of finally he had to give up. The the stage overturned, spilling were converted to garages and
the road. This was especially horses were so well trained and driver and twelve passengers, the queens of the road were
true for the famed east side of familiar with the road that they eight of whom were on top. No no more.
the Kingsbury—from Friday's kept to the track by instinct one was injured, but Hank
Station at Lake Tahoe to and arrived safely at the Van never was quite the same after —The RECORD-COURIER

ELK TRANSPLANT
SUCCESSFUL
Owens Valley, Calif.—A total

TRAVELING MINING COMPANY of 102 tule elk were captured in


the Owens Valley of Inyo
County and transported to

HEADQUARTERED IN BUS augment three existing herds


in central and northern Cali-
fornia.
by Jeanette Hyduke For $2,000 Goodman outfit- standards, but a great satisfac- Twenty-two elk were taken
Blythe, Calif.—"We don't be- ted a bus, loaded up his family, tion, he says, comes to him from the Tinemaha herd and
lieve in the P.G.&E. owning headed west, and together they and his family when they find moved to Mt. Hamilton in
our souls." are making a living from the industrial diamonds in clear Santa Clara County. Lake
These sentiments were ex- land, mainly by mining. lakes, and when they dredge Pillsbury's existing herd in
pressed this week in Blythe by The Goodmans said the area for gold. Lake County received 58 of the
Eric and Kerry Goodman, in and around Palo Verde has "We find jade in Willow tule elk and the remaining 22
owners of a traveling mining an abundance of fine gold. Creek at Big Sur, and next found new homes at Layton-
company whose sole assets are "If we were allowed to pan week we will go south to Yuma ville in Mendocino County.
contained in their traveling in the Colorado River, we'd and t h e n on over into The California Department
office-bus-home. make a fortune," he said. Mexico," he said. of Fish and Game operation
Goodman, former photogra- Goodman said that from "We are going to enjoy our used a new herding technique
pher for United Press Interna- Parker Dam to the Mexican lives on this planet and all that on elk for the first time, a
tional in New York, decided he Border the river is laden with the earth produces is ours," technique in which a helicop-
was fed up with trying to com- gold, but the government does Goodman said. "It is there for ter herded the animals into an
pete for the dollar, when odds not give permits to dredge for the taking, and I was never a enclosure and in which the use
were against his ever saving gold in this area. stranger to hard work." of tranquilizing darts was held
many of them from his salary Goodman said he was not a to a minimum.
because of escalating prices. wealthy man by conventional —Palo Verde Valley TIMES —Desert News Service
flT»«4i*«x flTftw flTJ,
WILD TURKEYS REESTABLISHED
ON OLD WOMAN
CUSTOMER COMES
Kanab, Utah—Utah Division Annabella, Utah. He under-
UP SHORT IN BROTHEL
of Wildlife Resources game took the project out of interest Tonopah, Nevada — One and swore to himself he would
managers, working in coopera- in seeing the birds reestab- moral to the story behind a let- receive satisfaction elsewhere.
tion with Warren Harward, a lished in the area and their ter of protest against Sherry's Being a man either ob-
member of Utah's Wildlife overall population expanded in brothel read by district attor- viously schooled in the law and
Board, have successfully re- the state. ney Peter Knight to the knowing the full scope of re-
leased thirteen wild turkeys on The turkeys were released in Brothel Board recently is that a quirements necessary to make
the Old Woman Plateau in an area that had previously had man should not drink to a bar- oral contracts binding, or
Salina Canyon. Two gobblers a population of wild turkeys gain struck in such an estab- being a loving husband who
and eleven hens were released, which had disappeared over lishment until he has received did not wish to impose the fi-
all in good condition. the years. services in full. nancial burden of court costs
The turkeys were raised from According to an anonymous upon his wife and family to rec-
eggs by Harward at his ranch in —Southern Utah NEWS letter writer, the agreement tify the unjustness he had been
reached between himself and dealt, the sojourner selected to
the brothel was he would pay write a simple letter of protest
•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $100, entitling him to one and join the anonymous group
hour alone with the woman of of men who have experienced
his choice. debauchery in its climactic
SUSIE DICK SPANNED Apparently he was unclear
on the price of the liquor of-
moments, in a desolate Nevada
brothel.
A JOYFUL CENTURY had had approximately eight
fered by his female accomplice
when they reached her bou-
doir. He accepted and drank
Obviously he was a com-
passionate fellow. He apol-
ogized for the quality of the
by Roberta McConnell
Gardnerville, Nevada — Susie husbands. the preferred highball. typewritten letter, stating cir-
Dick passed away in a Carson One special story about After twenty minutes of sub- cumstances would not allow
City rest home on October 19, Susie, concerning a well- sequent entertainment, he was him to type the message in the
1966, at an undetermined known photograph of her asked to vacate the premises or sanctuary of his own home.
age—anywhere from ninety which appeared on the front he would be removed. He —Tonopah TIMES-BONANZA
to 101. cover of the Sierra Magazine chose to leave of his own will and Goldfield NEWS
But Susie Dick's venerable has been told by several
age was not all that made her a persons.
legendary figure during her life- Although Susie frequently
time in the Carson Valley. It posed for photographers, and
was her warm-hearted ap-
proach to living that made
enjoyed doing so, she held
out for a trade when Sarah STOREKEEPER
every day memorable for per-
sons around her.
Half Paiute, half Washoe,
Susie Dick was born at Moun-
Link, the Tahoe photographer,
wanted her picture.
Informing Ms. Link that
she, Susie, wanted a beautiful
STARTED GOLD RUSH
by Jack Reid pers. He opened another store,
tain House, bordering Douglas long dress for the "Big Noise Sacramento, Calif.—Sam this one right next to Sutter's
and Lyon counties, sometime Parade" (Fourth of July) if she Brannan was certainly the fa- Mill, and had printed a special
around 1874, according to were to pose, Ms. Link, unable ther (some might say God- "booster" issue of his newspa-
Miss Grace Dangbert for whose to locate a garment she felt ap- father) of California's gold per, the Star, with heavy em-
family she worked and on propriate, personally took rush, and he was the first per- phasis on gold discovery. He
whose land she lived until the Susie's measurements and son to become a millionaire made arrangements for this to
last three years of her life. made the dress which she pre- because of it. Yet, it is doubtful be delivered overland to the
A great talker with a "price- sented to her before the "Big if he spent so much as a day east by horseback, an early
less sense of humor," Susie Noise Day." actually doing any mining. form of the later Pony Express.
used wonderfully colorful, Delighted, Susie immedi- History records that gold in Then he cornered the market
slightly mixed-up English ately went into the willows the Mother Lode was first in pans, picks and anything
which always produced a smile along the ditch bank outside found at Sutter's Mill on the else that could be used for
from her listeners. Celebrating town, changed to her new American River. The date was placer mining.
the New Year, for instance, gown, and came out singing January 24, 1848. Another trip to Sutter's Fort
Susie always smiled warmly joyously. Brannan had formed a part- revealed that a much richer
and wished her friends "Half a "What a wonderful way," nership with Charles Smith in find than the one at Sutter's
New Year." Miss Link said, "why do you September, 1847. They had Mill had been made further
Not beyond being arrested sing?" leased space in Sutter's Fort for down the American River. It
for drunkenness on occasion, Standing tall in her new a store. Brannan learned about became the first actual gold
Susie maintained strict per- dress, Susie said, smiling, "If I the gold find in late February of camp and was later named
sonal standards and was scrupu- no sing, I no happy, my heart 1848, when Smith told him Morman Island. Brannan knew
lously honest. If Susie bor- he die. Me happy. Me sing. Me that gold dust had been offered the time for action was
rowed a dollar from someone, no die." in payment for goods at their at hand.
there was no need to make a The picture, taken in that store. In early May he appeared in
note of it; she always repaid her new dress as Susie sang, is said He was quick to realize the San Francisco with a quinine
debts. Susie also had strenuous to be the one which appeared implications of it and careful bottle full of gold dust and ran
objections to young girls on the magazine cover. not to publicize it in San Fran- through the streets shouting
having numerous beaus even cisco, where he owned one of "Gold! Gold! Gold from the
though by her own tally, she —The RECORD-COURIER that settlement's two newspa- Continued on page 36 a**
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THE HELL-HOLE OF ARIZONA by Virginia A. Greene

Prison Hill stands at the narrows of the Colorado River near Yuma, Arizona. Very few of the wooden buildings in this old photo are still standing.

The wind came up an hour old brigand which twisted and Arizona Territory, wide- a prison. Bonds totalling
before dusk and moved the plundered its way past the open in the 1860s, made law $30,000 were authorized, Yuma
sand into small hummocks town and through the valley. books more at home behind a was chosen as the building site
under mesquite and along the Proud, perspiring citizens .45 than in a court of law. and as labor was scarce, seven
edges of the bluff. Drying slumped back down the fill to- Human life didn't mean very prisoners from the local jail
stacks of adobe brick chan- ward their businesses and much and many people clam- were used to begin construc-
neled the powdery dust south homes. They had watched ored for a prison. tion.
to a steep pitch of granite. Mayor A.J. Finley trowel the One editor demanded some- Law enforcement officers at
April 28, 1876, had begun cornerstone into place and thing be done, "to permit a few that time were convinced that
as do most days over Yuma, they rested well in the knowl- of our citizens to live until they prison was meant for punish-
Arizona, clear and sunfilled, edge that the Yuma Territorial die a natural death, so as to ment, and they wasted no time
and had promised another bril- Prison was to become a reality. show the world what a magnif- worrying about rehabilitation
liant sunset. New evidence of For 34 years, this institution icent, healthy country it is." and reform. The idea was to
construction puckered the would house some of the worst As a result of majority de- make the penitentiary so unin-
earth atop the bluff overlook- criminals of the most lawless mand, the Territorial Legis- viting that the very thought of
ing the Colorado River, that period in American history. lature voted funds to build it would prompt a person to
think twice before he acted
outside the law. And if he did
persist in carrying out a lawless
act and then was caught, one
stay in the prison was all he
should need to convince him
his decision had been wrong.
Yuma was ideally situated for
such a purpose. Summer tem-
peratures in the southwestern
corner of Arizona run as high
as 120 degrees in the shade,
and with tin roofs, surrounded
by a high wall which effectu-
ally cut off all breezes, the
prison became, literally, an
oven. Then, no heat in the
convicts' cells during winter
months sent the thermometer
to the other extreme. Frequent
dust storms blew in from every
direction, providing still an-
other kind of torture.
Walls eighteen-teet high,
eight-feet wide at the bottom
and tapered to a four-foot
width at the top, made a per-
fect walkway for guards who
patrolled from lookout posts at
Prisoners were relatively well treated and many worked daily at projects outside the prison grounds. each corner. Over the years,

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adobe, siune and iron set into for those who tried to escape. instant force to stop an escape years of a life sentence and was
place by an ever-increasing Prisoners had medical atten- or to put down a riot. :hen pardoned and disappeared
prisoner population housed tion and access to a good Arizona in pioneer days was from the Arizona scene.
3,040 men and 29 women who hospital. a conglomerate of people, and Women at Yuma were few,
were kept busy building and Western writers, movies and the prison inmates were an as- and none of them stayed very
repairing the prison facilities television have kept legends sorted lot made up of a good long, for the administration
and working at such jobs as circulating and have painted a cross-section of the Territory's invariably obtained early par-
wagon-building, garment horrid Devil's Island at the ethnic mix. The crimes for dons for them. This was not a
manufacturing, road and levee Yuma location above the Nar- which they were convicted re- frontier kind of chivalry. The
building, farming, woodcut- rows of the Colorado River. veal the character of the fron- fact is, women in a men's
ting, blacksmithing and lace- Far from being an inviting tier, a rugged but fairly prison were administrative
making. During their free time place, neither was the prison a uncomplicated environment. poison.
they handcrafted many items scene of horror nor a hell-on- Buckskin Frank Leslie, said to The Territorial Prison at
from metal, wood, onyx and earth. When it is viewed as a have shot Johnny Ringo and Yuma closed down in 1909
horsehair. Except for a flower product of the frontier soon thirteen others, was probably when the last forty prisoners
garden, there were few frills after the Civil War and during the most colorful character to were shackled together and
and very little decoration at a time marked by increased do time at the Old Pen. And marched down the winding
the prison, and personal pos- lawlessness, its operation must there were Adam Munroe, road from Prison Hill to the
sessions were sparse. Two tests be said to have fairly repre- caught in a love-triangle at the train that was to take them to
were applied to all proposed sented comforts and discom- business end of a smoking gun, the new prison at Florence.
expenditures: Will they be forts common to most of and Joe Boot, stage bandit and The growth of the prison popu-
functional? Are they neces- Arizona at the time. It was a partner of Pearl Hart. Apache lation had required additions
sary? Every building and im- desert and a pioneer institution renegades, a bank president, to the facilities at Yuma from
provement on Prison Hill, as it which, in some ways, was so Three-Fingered Jack Lausten- the first day until the last and
was quickly called, met these advanced that it utilized new neau, and John Kid Thomson, all available space had been
tests. Every inmate met the discoveries and developments train robber, all shared fa- used atop the bluff. More space
same tests. Each convict was such as electricity, forced ven- cilities on top of the dun- was mandatory.
allotted one toothpick. Beards tilation and indoor plumbing. colored bluff overlooking the During that same year, the
were against regulations. The fact of the prison's exis- Colorado. high school in town burned
But life behind the forbid- tence was exciting and glamor- Of all the 3,000 prisoners at and while new buildings were
ding walls was not as totally ous enough. No guaVd and no Yuma, fewer than one percent being planned and construc-
dismal as might be imagined. convict ever forgot that it was were women. But, to nobody's ted, classes were held for four
For the population of Indian, a maximum security histitu- surprise, these few caused as years in the former mess hall
Mexican, Chinese, Negro and tion, but there is no need to much trouble and received and hospital, and in the shops
Anglo-American prisoners, it embellish fact when telling its more publicity than did all the and some of the other buildings
was not necessarily a final des- story. It was there that murder- men. Their crimes were varied, scattered over Prison Hill.
tination without hope. ers, embezzlers, stage and rail- but the kindest thing any Youthful optimism triumphed
The prison was actually a way bandits and other callous superintendent had to say over environment and Yuma
community activity. The gates criminals literally sweated out about any of them was that High School athletic teams are
were open to the townspeople their sentences with a restless- women were a terrible problem still known as the "Criminals"
and they came and went, sell- ness common to all confined1 in a men's prison. or "Crims," and to be a "war-
ing goods and buying from the creatures. The most notorious of the den" is to be a member of an
prisoners' bazaar. They visited It is said that during warm women was Pearl Hart. Her honorary leadership club on
the inmates and the guards, spring days and after hearing only recorded crime was a that campus.
and the entire operation was flocks of geese passing north- poorly executed holdup of the Through the years, the
open to public inspection. A ward in the night, the old Globe stage. But the lady sun-baked ruins atop the small
deep cell was fitted as a library; prison fairly pulsated with sup- stagecoach robber was a nov- mesa overlooking the Colorado
a school of sorts was main- pressed excitement. Guards elty to a news-hungry press have housed various civic or-
tained from time to time, usu- were doubled, ammunition was which became carried away by ganizations for short periods of
ally taught by the more edu- checked and tension crackled the mystique of a female Black time and in 1941, the old Ter-
cated prisoners themselves, within the adobe walls. The Bart and converted her into a ritorial Prison grounds and
and many inmates who could prison had no record of a major seasoned veteran of crime. Her buildings became a museum
not read or write learned their break, but the chief mission of feminine wiles and handsome which sees some 175,000 visi-
letters there; the Yuma band- a maximum security installa- face and figure kept her in con- tors annually.
master formed a prison band tion is to hold its prisoners stant trouble until her release Arizona, significantly, was a
numbering some forty con- while the dominating thought from prison. last frontier in western expan-
victs; and on Sunday morning, of nearly every convict is Elena Estrada was another sion, and from the time the
a choir composed of little girls freedom. colorful, inmate. Lacking self- Territorial Prison first was oc-
and young women from one of Although a considerable discipline at the moment of cupied by a group of fifteen fel-
the Yuma churches came and number of inmates managed to crisis when she was betrayed by ons in June, 1876, until it was
sang hymns for the inmates. escape while they were work- her boyfriend, she was not sat- abandoned 34 years later, it at-
Despite its infamous reputa- ing outside the prison confines, isfied with his death and went tracted unusual attention. The
tion, all records indicate that in a sense the Territorial Prison somewhat farther than she austere appearance of the
the prison was humanely ad- was escape-proof. No break needed. She cut out his heart adobe walls, the stern guards
ministered and was a model in- from inside the prison walls and threw it into his face. This watching over a compound full
stitution for its time. The only ever succeeded, nor did any disturbed her peers and she was of sullen prisoners, the sterile
punishments were the dark prisoner successfully escape sent up for a short stay at the landscape and searing bright-
cell, or "snake pit" as it was from a locked cell. The guards Territorial Prison. ness of Arizona's sun gave it an
more commonly known, with were not harsh, and they were Miss May Woodman, victim air of mystery. The Colorado
its diet of bread and water for strictly kept from abusing or of a practical joke, shot to continues to claw at the base of
those who broke prison regu- manhandling convicts, but death a man who had spurned Prison Hill. The mystery
lations, and the ball and chain they also were instructed to use her in public, served three remains.
THE DESERT ROCKHOUND

by RICK MITCHELL

Collecting Sites: In the large, but some spectacular ent patterns are available, and discovered in Colorado and
November, 1980, issue of Des- seam material, as well as small- those of your own design can Wyoming but, so far, no
ert, a letter was published from er crystals, can be obtained by also be produced. For more in- diamonds. The Geological
Dick Rayner, Chief Ranger at walking the canyon. As you formation, write Plastic Tech- Survey of Wyoming has been
Death Valley National Monu- hike, you'll see many remnants nics, 13000 Saticoy St., Dept. given a one year extension,
ment. In it, he corrected my of earlier mining days—aban- D, North Hollywood, CA though, to continue its exami-
statement that all roads into doned equipment, old rails and 91605. nation of the pipes and as-
the Owlshead Mountains were even collapsed buildings. At p^^^Zick Enterprises is now sociated sediment to determine
closed and pointed out that one time, this area was among manufacturing a new line of if diamonds do exist. Kimber-
there is, in fact, one still open. the prime gold and silver pro- faceting laps. They are made lite is the only known primary
I was referring only to those ducing locations in the state. by taking 3/i6-inch aluminum source of diamonds that can be
going to the vicinity of the and machine-flattening it both economically mined. Quan-
smoky quartz collecting site. t/t
$i P.««ott
on the top and the bottom. A tities of the kimberlite have
There is one bright spot in piece of copper sheet is bonded been removed from the two
this confusion, however. The
road mentioned by Mr. Rayner
End)
To Wolff
Cfk Camp
around^
if ^ - " T o Ml. Union
ti.il Bug Meu
to the aluminum, under ex-
treme-pressure, for ten hours,
most recently discovered pipes
and will be thoroughly exam-
does lead to some very nice - ^
and then re-machined flat be- ined this winter.
sagenite deposits. To get there, fore being charged. They also Warning: Rockhounds often
take the still open road, which
is about 5Vi miles west of the
Saratoga Springs turnoff, and
SENATOR MINE
£\ make a zinc lap for use with
cubic zirconia. Both are ex-
tremely true, allowing very
use acid for cleaning their min-
eral specimens and frequently,
this cleaning is done in wash
travel thirteen miles. Turn GALtNA
smooth faceting. Contact Zick basins near where bleach is
north and continue to the site, To
Crown
Enterprises, 1608 Booth Drive, stored. If the acid should come
another five miles. By combing •p Not to Sett* Km 9
Sebring, FL 33870 for more in- in contact with the bleach,
the hills in any direction, you New Equipment: Coving- formation, telling them you poisonous chlorine gas will be
can find a wide variety of mate- ton has just introduced their saw it mentioned in Desert emitted. Breathing this gas can
rial and even some nice new six-inch, all-diamond Magazine. cause death in a matter of min-
geodes. I am told that smoky lapidary machine. It is a com- Instruction: The Gemologi- utes .and there have been in-
quartz can also be located in plete workshop in one compact cal Institute of America is now stances of just that happening.
the area, but it can't be much. unit, including a trim saw with offering what they call their There are also records of rock-
vice, two Metal Bond diamond "Doorstep Programs." These hounds trying to clean speci-
OWLSHEAD *
V I

DMth
wheels, three Flex Diamond are classes covering a variety of mens with a combination of
MOUNTAINS V»fky Jet.
sanding and polishing wheels, subjects, scheduled in thirty bleach and acid. This, obvious-
a diamond polishing disc, a different cities around the ly, is foolhardy.
1
;
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Coll quick speed changer and a United States, Canada, Japan Helpful Hint: When in the
SAG NIT! To
water system, all encased in an and Hong Kong. Courses in- field, a quick way to tell if a
\
aluminum framework. The clude diamond grading, gem piece of agate or jasper will
price of the deluxe unit is $749 identification, jewelry arts, take a good polish is to wet it.
If the water soaks into the
A and there are other models,
with fewer accessories, at a
lesser cost. For more informa-
stone setting, jewelry repair,
jewelry design, gem cutting
and wax carving. Those in-
stone and quickly dries, it will
not take a high polish. If, on
»•» tloSerfe
tion, contact Covington Engi-
neering Corp., P.O. Box 35D,
terested should write the Gem-
ological Institute of America at
the other hand, the water stays
on the surface, does not soak
^ Some very nice hematite Redlands, CA 92373. 1660 Stewart Street, Santa in, and takes some time to dry,
and galena specimens can be c===^Plastic Technics is intro- Monica, CA 90406. an adequate amount of chal-
picked up south of Prescott, ducing plastic investment pat- ( ^ ^ L a r r y Stiers of Phoenix, cedony is present and the stone
Arizona, in Crooks Canyon. terns for casting. These are Arizona, is currently conduct- in question will probably pol-
To get there, take the old Sen- claimed to be superior to the ing classes on "Gold Finding ish well.
ator Highway out of Prescott popular wax varieties, and pro- Secrets" for Phoenix College. Hope Diamond: The Na-
and travel 8.1 miles from duce castings that require very It is a field class and usually is tional Jeweler notes that the fa-
where the pavement ends., At little finishing. In addition offered on weekends or Fridays mous, blue Hope Diamond in
the proper mileage, there is a they cost less, can be made on Lynx Creek, near Prescott. the Smithsonian will glow red
canyon to the east, and the more exact and tend to be For more information, phone in the dark after it has been
minerals can be found along much more stable. They can be Joyce Kress, Community Serv- exposed to ultraviolet rays. Ex-
the hillsides, in the wash, and burnt-out exactly the same as ices, Phoenix College, (602) perts say this property is not
in the dumps of the many wax, can be used with standard 264-2492. found in any other diamonds, a
mines that dot the area. .The tools, and even in combination Diamonds In Wyoming: fact which makes this famous
crystals are not extremely with wax. A variety of differ- Kimberlite pipes have been gem even more mysterious.
JIDESERT CALENDAR
Listing for Calendar must be received at least three months prior to the event.
There is no charge for this service.
WANTED
Jan. 31-Feb. 8: 22nd Annual Tubac and Gem Club, c/o 2314 Baker,
Festival of the Arts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everett, WA 98201. SUBSCRIPTION REPRESENTATIVES
daily from Saturday, January 31 through lor DESERT MAGAZINE
Sunday, February 8. Visit Arizona's old- Ongoing: Wildlife World Museum, lo-
est European settlement during the fes- cated in Monument, Colorado, 20 miles NEED MONEY? Housewives, retirees,
tival. Resident and invited artists and north of Colorado Springs. Lifelike dis- students, anyone with a few hours to
spare each week, here is YOUR oppor-
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onstrating fine arts and crafts through- marine life, plus hundreds of wildlife Be our exclusive Desert subscription
out the village. Southwest foods and paintings, carvings and sculptures. representative in your area. We need
drinks will be available. You can see Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.—5 p.m.; Sat. you NOW — in cities and towns, and
on farms and ranches everywhere.
historic village studios, galleries and the 10 a.m.—5 p.m. and Sun. 12 p.m.—5 OUR GENEROUS COMMISSION RATE
State Presidio Museum. For more in- p.m. Admission: Adults $1.00, 50 cents will surprise you and we pay IMMEDI-
formation contact: Tubac Village for children. For further information, ATELY! Write SUBSCRIPTION REPRE-
Council, Inc., P.O. Box 4004, Tubac, call (303) 481-2220. SENTATIVE, Desert Magazine, P.O. Box
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stamped, self-addressed No. 10 enve-
(602) 398-2163. Feb. 10,11.12: Major desert paintings lope, for full details by return mail.
of Kathi Hilton will be exhibited at the
Feb. 1: Operatic arias by Soprano Re- Riverside District Office, Bureau of
nata Scotto. Palm Springs Opera Guild Land Management, 1695 Spruce St.,
of the Desert. This program is presented Riverside, CA. Public showings will be
at the Palm Springs High School Audi- from 2-8 p.m. For details, contact De
torium. Prices for admission is $5-$25. Loris "Pete" Palmer at (714) 787-1424.
Starting time is 8:15 p.m. For further
GARAGE
information, call (714) 325-6107. Feb. 13-22: Indio, California's Na-
tional Date Festival. This huge annual
SALE
Feb. 7: Annual Shovel Race Cham- event in the date capitol of the world
pionship held in Angel Fire, New will run for 10 days, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
HTIQUES
Mexico. Over 50 entrants ride grain Some activities are the Queen ANTIQUES*
scoops in single-elimination heats; 20 Scherazade stage show, and other varied COLLECTIBLES*
wacky modified entries in dual competi- entertainment, rides, camel and ostrich ART*
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p.m. For more information call (505) rock and minerals and showing in the ORIENTAL*
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Feb, 7-8: Photo Adventure Workshop, livestock will be fun for the youngsters. 74-435 HIGHWAY 111
held at Anza-Borrego State Park, Calif. Grounds admission is $3, 12 and over; PALM DESERT, CA. 92260
This workshop has been developed by $1, children 3-12; children under 3, (714) 346-1713
Ernest Wright and Fly Jarzabek. It con- free. Group discount rates are also
sists of instruction in nature photogra- available. For more information contact
phy for amateur and working photogra- Bob Maxwell at (714) 342-8247.
phers. Lectures, demonstrations, work-
ing field sessions and photo critiques are Feb. 14-16: Mid-Winter Rendezvous
emphasized. Programs are designed to held in Gallup, New Mexico. A gather-
n Jeep
encourage development of a person's ing of mountain men will be in full "our only business"
own artistic skills. Workshops will be regalia. Firebuilding, skillet-throwing
held outdoors. Participants must furnish contests, primitive weapons shoot and SALES-LEASING
own transportation, camping equip- tee-pee village will be some of the fun PARTS - SERVICE
ment or lodging arrangements, food, activities. The events are sponsored by We Service What We Sell
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Feb. 21-22: Second annual "Small
World" miniature show and sale will be
Feb. 7-8: Everett Rock and Gem Club's held at El Paso Civic Center in El Paso,
28th annual gem and mineral show, to Texas. The show welcomes commercial READ ABOUT
be held at the Everett Masonic Temple craft shops and dealers of miniature cre- TODAY'S GOLD RUSH
on Everett Avenue, Everett, Wash- ations. A special contest featuring
Articles and news items about
ington. Gems from around the world single box room or display box entries prospecting, mines and mining, both
will be shown. Lapidary dealers will not will be held. Hours: Sat. 10 a.m.-8 large and small operations. Pictures,
only show their wares, but will have p.m., Sunday 12 noon-6p.m. Dona- hints, tips, advertisements for ma-
demonstrations as well. Free hourly tions: adults, $2; children under 12, $1. chinery, mines and claims. Published
drawings will be held for handmade For more information contact Jane monthly. $5.00 per year. Send for
jewelry by club members. Light lunches Adams, Chairman- Ways and Means, sample copy.
and refreshments are for sale. Times are Assistance League of El Pasq, P.O. Box
9 a.m.-10p.m., with free admission. For 13294, El Paso, TX 79912, or call (915) Western PROSPECTOR b MINER
Dept.D
more information write: Everett Rock 751-6975. Box 146, Tombstone, AZ 85638

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RUSH Continued from page 31
American River!", showing
the gold dust to all whom he
GOLDFIELD'S PAST LAID BARE
encountered. by F. D. Howard Sal, Klondike Kitty, Dawson so most always wound up with
Skepticism instantly turned Goldfield, Nev.—Much has Kate, Porcupine Nellie, Gold- a well-placed bullet through
to belief. Almost everyone been written about the early tooth Bess, Giggling Gussie, the head.
dropped everything and head- days of Goldfield, about the Swivel Bottom Fran and there On Oct. 22, 1907, when the
ed for the goldfields. The fabulous glory holes of gold, were many others. big game was going strong and
town's population of about 300 the large plush GoldfieldHotel, It has been said that Death Goldfield was at its peak, the
quickly declined to eighteen. the famous saloons and gam- Valley Scotty took a peculiar Knickerbocker Trust Company
But, when people tried to buy bling houses and the promi- delight in tantalizing of New York failed, followed
prospecting implements, they nent people who frequented youngsters. One of his plea- the next day by the Westing-
found there weren't any. Bran- them. sures was to toss a small coin in house Electric Company. This
nan had shipped them all to his Now let's tip this ghostly the dirt for a boy to scramble kicked off the panic of that
stores up-country, where they gem of the desert over and after, then to step on the year when money almost went
were sold at scandalous profits. reveal the bareness of its kid's hand when he tried to re- out of circulation. Goldfield
The special edition of the underside trieve it. went on script that was good
Star was already on its way to After the news of the rich Scott lived at the Esmeralda only locally.
the midwest and the east, Goldfield discovery spread into Hotel. If a crowd was around he With the crash came a run
where t h e gold story was the gold hungry world in the would tip a dollar, if alone only on the John S. Cook and
picked up by numerous papers, early part of this Century, a dime or nothing. Company Bank. Tex Rickard
including the prestigious New people by the thousands began There is a story about a good went into action immediately
York Herald. This promotion coming into the town daily. deacon at a confess-your-sins and from his Northern Saloon
went a long way to turning on With this influx of varied meeting. He arose and cleared wheelbarrow loads of silver dol-
the population east of the Mis- humanity from various places, his throat. "Now in my youth," lars and packets of U.S. cur-
sissippi, from where most of some grim specter was almost he confessed, "I was a very rency, all under armed guards,
the 49ers came. sure to happen and it did. The immoral young man—as many were taken to the bank and put
Now, Brannan really began Black Death struck. In a day of the good sisters here present on display in the front window.
to prosper. By 1857 he owned or two the victim was dead and can testify." The run stopped. If Rickard
his own bank. By 1864, he had the corpse turned black. It was The largest gambling opera- and the Northern trusted the
acquired sufficient prominence cholera, the most dreaded of tion ever to be in Goldfield was bank, so did t h e rest of
nationally to give the nominat- all diseases, carried by rats and a big-money draw poker game Goldfield.
ing speech for President Lin- ground squirrels. Dozens died at the Monte Carlo. Gold Such was Goldfield in the
coln's second term at that in the epidemic that followed. coins were used for chips, the early days, almost void of
year's turbulent Republican Most of t h e dance hall ante was a five-dollar gold hypocrisy, almost like a lovable
convention. dames and others of question- piece and table stakes were in child. The fiddler played and
Brannan's fortunes began able character were known by order where pots could build up Goldfield danced merrily
their decline in 1868, when he their given names but many fantastically. The players had along, thumbing its nose at
was shot five times during an were nicknamed after reaching great stacks of gold coins— convention and conceding the
argument over the ownership Goldfield, especially those who fives, tens and twenties piled same right to others.
of a saw mill. He recovered, had drifted down from the gold on yellow-back certificates.
but never really regained his camps of the far north. Some Cheating was rare in such a —Tonopah TIMES-BONANZA
health. of the best known were Eskimo game and anyone caught doing and Goldfield NEWS
Brannan died, broke and in
obscurity, at Escondido, Cal- It has been said the power to lllllllllllllllllllllllllillilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllillllllllllllll
ifornia, at the age of 70 on May tax is the power to destroy. If
6, 1889. you doubt this, just look at our
—The NEVADIAN present predicament.
HISTORY-MAKERS
TAPED FOR POSTERITY
SLOT MACHINES Cedar City, Utah — Histori- War II, Generals Dwight D.
ans and archivists are con- Eisenhower and Omar N .
SPARED IRS AXE cerned: Americans are writing Bradley among others.
fewer letters these days and for Things can and do go wrong
Salt Lake City, Utah — The Museum at the former Rio the most part no longer keep- with this technique. A 1959
Internal Revenue Service Grande Railroad Depot in Salt ing diaries, once invaluable re- interview in the Archives' col-
played an unfamilar role as Lake City. The exhibit will search sources for piecing to- lection with the American
giver when it contributed five serve to document one form of gether t h e past. To help realist p a i n t e r , Edward
antique slot machines to the recreation in Utah's past. counter this loss, however, Hopper, produced little more
Utah State Historical Society A U.S. Treasury Depart many professionals are turning than a series of blunt "yes" and
here recently. ment survey compiled from on their tape recorders to cap- "no" replies to questions on his
The machines were confis- gaming tax returns in 1942 re- ture the recollections of the work-loneliness and alienation
cated from a club that failed to vealed 761 slot machines in nation's decision-makers and in America. At last, when
file required tax forms and operation in Utah. By 1953,pace-setters. Hopper, eager to talk about
make payment of a special tax. after sale of the machines Pioneered at Columbia Uni- prices his paintings were com-
The machines will be part of across state lines became ille- versity in the late 1940s, the manding, began to open up a
a future, temporary exhibit on gal, only 32 such devices were first so-called oral history in- bit, Mrs. Hopper cut in with,
the history of gambling in registered with the IRS in terviews recorded the memoirs "Edward! Don't you discuss
Utah which the Society is Utah. of political and military leaders that."
planning for the State History —The San Juan RECORD who had participated in World — Iron County RECORD

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40 FEBRUARY, 1981
CHUCK WAGON COOKIN'
The National Beef Cook-Off
by Stella Hughes
boneless brisket, seasoned simply with
plain old salt, pepper, onions and garlic
and served up with gravy made from the
drippings? You could hardly have called
this dish original, and its appearance was
so-so, yet barely thirty minutes after the
last dish was presented to the judges,
they had agreed almost unanimously on
the winner.
New York's Mrs. Aline Ballentine
lives in the small town of Ellenville, 100
miles from New York City. Her entry
titled Chick-Chuck won second place,
earning her $750.
Aline gave me some good tips on
cooking. One was to use a small amount
of sugar in the water when boiling
corn-on-the-cob. Then she said to take the
fresh green husks and cover over the
roasting ears and let them steam in the
kettle. This method imparts a
wonderfully different taste to sweet
corn. Another was to place a fistful of
fresh green alfalfa on top of fresh ham to

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National Beef Cook-off was
held in Scottsdale, Arizona
this last fall, I jumped at the chance to
serve as a hostess, or just plain flunky. It
judged according to taste: 40 points, ease be baked the usual way. When the ham is
of preparation and practicality; 20
points, originality; and 20 points,
appearance.
Most contestants would have fared
done, simply toss the wilted alfalfa to the
chickens. Someday I'm gonna try that.

was Carol Anderson of Kingman, better had they stuck closer to the rules.
Arizona, National Chairperson of the Any recipe calling for as many as fifteen CHICK-CHUCK
1980 Cook-Off, who asked me. different ingredients—everything from Mrs. Aline Ballentine
This affair, which is sponsored by the frozen phyllo leaves, cream cheeses, Ellenville, New York, 2nd Place
American National CowBelles, Inc., is slivered or whole almonds, sugared
for non-professional cooks. Winners parsley, Mandarin orange sections, fresh 3 pounds beef chuck blade steaks, cut 1
from state levels flew in from 49 states to strawberries or white seedless inch thick
vie for $3,250.00 in prize money. The grapes—couldn't be considered practical 2 tablespoons butter
scene of the contest was The Registry, a by any stretch of the imagination. Nor 1 can (16 ozs.) garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
posh resort which covers about as many could a dish be described easy to prepare 1 can (10% ounces) condensed tomato soup
acres as a Texas county and those when the directions took up one whole 2 cups chopped fresh orfrozen rhubarb
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get back and forth to the ballroom, where Ginger Peachy Roll-Ups may have been 1 beef bouillon cube
26 electric stoves and work areas were original, but called for twelve pineapple 2 tablespoons sugar
outfitted for the contestants. spears, ajar of peach preserves and ajar 1 tablespoon chili powder
The judging job was a difficult one. of ginger preserves, as well as a Vz teaspoon salt
Contestants were allowed to use any half-pound of golden seedless raisins. % teaspoon paprika
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42 FEBRUARY, 1981
Clues To The Black Beetle Mystery
by Susan Durr Nix
(Curiously, although eleodes beetles
have been observed digging burrows,
they don't seem to use them for
protection from the sun. Instead they
invade the burrows of kangaroo rats and
round-tailed ground squirrels, often in
groups of thirty to forty, which they
seem to identify through an acute
sensitivity to temperature differences at
burrow entrances. Double occupancy
doesn't seem to bother either the beetles
or their hosts.)
Where otherwise scarce shade is often
cast by small plants and rocks, small size
is another valuable advantage. On the
other hand, such a small body dries out
more quickly. A beetle has neither an
insulating layer of fur nor the ability to
sweat and thus cool off by evaporation.
Typically, insects prevent water loss by
extracting the moisture from waste
material in the intestine, and eliminating
uric acid in solid form. The hard outer

T
HE MYSTERY OF the Black stands on its head. Its many common cuticle of a beetle's body also retains
Beetle" sounds like vintage names other than the Greek—pincacte moisture. In an unusual but instructive
Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie, beetle, tumblebug, circus bug, acrobat experiment, several stink bugs
but this mystery has more to do with beetle, stink bug—are well earned. inadvertently went through the dryer
survival ingenious than murder most Pinacatl is the Aztec word for ground along with my laundry without becoming
foul. Evolution authored a puzzle that beetle; tumblebug and circus bug completely dessicated.
still, after 100 years of scientific describe both its clownish somersaults But surely this mysterious survivor
investigation, has no certain solution. and gawky efforts to turn right-side-up must contend with damaging ultraviolet
The crux is this: Why are black beetles and its splay-footed gait as it makes its rays? For a long time, biologists thought
black? If dark pigmentation makes them way across dunes and driveways; that black's ability to block ultraviolet
more conspicuous to predators and acrobat beetle refers to the hand-stand was the solution to the black beetle
absorbs more heat, why this coloration? posture it assumes when disturbed; and mystery. But it seems that insect cuticle,
In the desert where the terrain is stink bug comes from the oily, smelly regardless of its color, acts as an
usually shades of white or tan, even a fluid it squirts out to repel predators. ultraviolet shield. Back to square one: a
small brown beetle is easy to see. A These shiny black, hard-shelled dark beetle gets hotter than a light beetle,
large, pitch black one like the stink bug insects are darklings, a large and given equal exposure to the sun, so
(Eleodes) sticks up a sore thumb. Then predominantly western beetle family in why black?
even if visibility to predators weren't a North America, although related forms Maybe heat gain is an advantage,
problem, heat would be. These aren't are found in almost all parts of the world, Watson. If so, it would, according to
strictly nocturnal beetles, darkened to including your flour canister and cereal William J. Hamilton, III, of the
blend into nighttime shadows; they are boxes. Desert varieties, especially University of California at Davis, explain
commonly seen at midday, when the eleodes, are among the insects best the significance and evolution of black
temperature of the sand is several dozens adapted to arid regions. Even in the coloration. When body temperature
of degrees hotter than the air. They bleakest and most desolate sands where rises, metabolism and locomotion speed
routinely take a double-dose of life is sparse, they are relatively up. As long as an animal has enough food
sunlight—directly from the sun and common. At high altitudes and low, in energy, it will grow faster and reproduce
reflected off the ground—that ought to washes and backyards, west of the more often than its lighter counterparts.
be lethal. Normally, so much of the Mississippi but particularly in California, Other things being equal, the darker
success of desert plants and animals has Arizona, Northern Mexico and Baja beetle has the edge on survival.
to do with heat avoidance and California, these beetles are survivors. Since stink bugs eat dried vegetation
camouflage that a nonconformist like the Obviously, then, being black can't be of which there is an overabundance in
stink bug is a challenge to our that much of a disadvantage. One secret the desert, food energy is no problem.
understanding. of the stink bug's success is its beetle They often visit the nests of their
Everyone who has spent any time in body. Long legs elevate it above the successful neighbors, the harvester ants,
the desert knows eleodes, the beetle that ground and enable it to run and dig. to feed on discarded seeds and flowers.

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mature, outdoor loving, active bits of food down with one foot and famed for its succulent shrimp
travelers who have a special gnaws at it, like a little dog with a bone.
kind of affection for all the and our village of San Felipe on
If you disturb one at dinner, it may run its shores is called the "Shrimp
west, and especially our away with its meal between its front feet.
western deserts? This past year Capitol of the World."
nearly all (95%) of Desert's The ability to take on extra heat is also
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few even took time out for a confining activity to cooler hours. our tables. Camaron Natural is
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If this sounds anything at all coloration, a black beetle is still highly
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44 FEBRUARY, 1981
Guardian of
Apache Pass:

FORT BOWIE
T HE BUGLE'S silvery call rang
through the clear mountain air.
It echoed off the stone and
adobe walls of the frontier fort,
reverberated among the
crumbling ruins of Fort Bowie recall
that violent, formative chapter in the
history of the desert southwest. The
remains of the fort and the
surrounding environs of Apache
cactus-studded crags of the Pass are now part of a National
surrounding peaks, and was swept Historic Site. They can be reached
away to the north on the back of a only by following a narrow, twisting
stiff afternoon breeze. one-and-one-half-mile foot trail.
A shuffling mass of soldiers drawn

I
up on the fort's sloping parade T WAS WATER, trickling from
ground snapped to attention. In the a crack in the rocks, that first
midst of their formation was a circle drew people into this isolated
of wagons and a cluster of Indian and forbidding land. The fierce
prisoners. Only the popping and Chiricahua Apaches moved to the
snapping of the American flag area in the 16th Century, giving their
whipping in the breeze and the name to both the pass and the
snuffling of the mule teams hitched springs. For more than 300 years the
to the wagons broke the tense Chiricahuas roamed the territory
by silence. The soldiers in blue and around Apache Pass, living on the
their sullen captives glared at each meager bounty of the desert and on
Joseph E. Stevens other with undisguised hostility. plunder seized during raids into
Suddenly, incongruously, there was Mexico.
a clash of cymbals and the military Following the discovery of gold in
band arrayed around the flagpost California in 1848, Anglo-American
struck up "Auld Lang Syne." prospectors and settlers began to
The date was pour into Arizona. These westbound
September8, travelers soon made Apache Springs
1886. The place a landmark on the overland trail.
was Fort When John Butterfield laid out the
Bowie, a lonely route for his St. Louis to San
army post Francisco stage line in 1858, Apache
located in Pass was selected as a station site. A
Apache Pass in stone building and a corral were
the rugged erected a quarter mile from the
desert country Springs and coaches stopped there
of southeastern twice a week.
Arizona. The At first the Apaches grudgingly
Indian prisoners tolerated this intrusion into their
were Geronimo homeland. Their leader, Cochise,
and his band of was friendly toward the Americans
renegade and for three years the Butterfield
Apaches, the stagecoaches were permitted safe
FORT BOWIE AS IT AP- last group of Apaches to violently passage through the Pass. It was an
PEARED IN 1894, SHORTLY resist the authority of the United arrangement that might have lasted
BEFORE ABANDONMENT States government. They were about indefinitely but for a tragic and
BY THE ARMY.
to be shipped off to imprisonment in avoidable incident.
Florida, and with their departure an This incident occurred on
era was coming to an end. February 4, 1861, when a young,
Today, almost a century later, the inexperienced Army officer named
FORT BOWIE AS IT AP-
PEARS TODAY. IT WAS
HERE THAT GERONIMO
(STANDING RIGHT IN THE
PHOTO BELOW) AND
NACHEZ, SON OF CO-
CHISE, WERE HELD
AFTER THEIR FINAL
SURRENDER IN 1886.
A peace treaty was finally
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FORT BOWIE
George Bascom wrongly accused
negotiated in 1872, but it was
doomed to failure before it was
Cochise of leading a raid on a white signed. Raiding was an integral part
settler's ranch. Bascom tried to of the Apache's nomadic lifestyle
arrest Cochise, a violent and it was only a matter of time
confrontation ensued, and the before settlers and Indian war
enraged Apache chief had tofighthis parties were battling again. In 1876
way to freedom. Following his the U.S. government abrogated the
Local
narrow escape, Cochise declared peace treaty and ordered the Army
Regional
war on all whites. to remove the Apaches to the barren
The "Bascom Affair," as this San Carlos Reservation in the Gila
National
unfortunate episode was called, led River Valley of central Arizona.
International to a bloody reign of terror for settlers Not surprisingly, many of the
Business in southern Arizona. The situation Chiricahuas refused to go. Led by
was made even worse by the Nachez, the son of Cochise, and by a
Weather evacuation of many frontier forts squatty, scowling chief named
and departure of their garrisons for Geronimo, they fled into the Sierra
Sports the east, where the Civil War had Madre Mountains of northern
You get it first on begun. The Butterfield stage Mexico and began a savage
service was discontinued in March, campaign against the border regions
the Coachella Valley's of Arizona and New Mexico.
1861. The Apache Pass station was
only all news station. abandoned and the Chiricahuas once Once again Fort Bowie became
again held undisputed sway over the the bustling command center for a

KCUY desert peaks and canyons, and over war with the Apaches. General
the precious waters of Apache
Springs.
George Crook, an unorthodox and
highly talented Indian fighter,
NewsRadi<y Their control was short-lived. On dispatched columns of Indian scouts
I17OAN July 15, 1862, an army of volunteers and tough Army regulars out of
from California, marching to New
Mexico to head off a Confederate
Apache Pass in pursuit of the crafty
Geronimo and his elusive warriors.
Broadcasting daily from
invasion, entered Apache Pass. For ten grueling years the soldiers
Palm Desert, California. Waiting for them, concealed behind chased the Apaches across some of
boulders on the high ground above the roughest and driest terrain on the
Apache Springs, were several North American continent.
hundred warriors led by Cochise and Finally, on September 3, 1886,
his ally, Mangas Coloradas. The Geronimo and his band surrendered.
warriors opened fire and drove the They were escorted to Fort Bowie,
soldiers back but after several hours then taken in wagons to a railhead to
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California Volunteers, instantly 1894, the Fort was officially
grasped the strategic importance of abandoned.
Apache Pass. Unless it was fortified Today, 86 years after the last
and patrolled, every column of trooper departed, Apache Pass is a
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Magnificent vista
(right) from the
high plateau of
San Pedro Martir
looks toward the
Gulf across the
San Felipe Desert.
Running streams,
conifer forests
and, of course,
Mexico's National
Observatory
(below) are
features of
the Park.

-
TOP" BAJA
Pedro Martir. Built by Spanish
Article and *-ENSENADA
0 10
MILES
20 30 Jesuits in 1794 for the purpose of
converting a tribe of Indians known
Photographs by as the Quilihuas, the Mission was
abandoned in 1806 after several
John Putney years of disease and Indian raids.
Unlike many other missions in Baja,
INE THOUSAND FEET this one was constructed of adobe

N above the beaches of Baja, the


Sierra San Pedro Martir
National Park is an alpine oasis atop
the backbone of the peninsula.
rather than stone. Time has worn the
four-foot thick walls and all that
remains is a cemetery and the ruins,
barely three-feet high. It is believed
Groves of aspen trees shimmer along by many that the Mission site is
the banks of streams in a forest of haunted and that at night stones fly
pines. Flocks of pinyonjays scream through the air. These stories are
through the treetops while deer told not only by natives but also by
graze in patches of lupine on the gringos who have camped there.
edge of cool meadows. Mountain spectacle, when even without a Anyone wishing to backpack
lions and bighorn sheep make a moon, the starlight can produce through the region should be warned
stand in the jagged cliffs and shadows. The twinkling show is that presently the trails are very
canyons. Here it is possible to see orchestrated by the hooting of owls, poorly marked. Getting off them is
both the Pacific Ocean and the Sea the wind crackling through the pines easier than staying on. Often the trail
of Cortez. with a sound like rushing water,- and will follow a dry wash or a path worn
The 170,000 acre park includes a the distant yelping of coyotes. by deer and cattle. Because these
high plateau. On the east it drops off Above the treetops to the east, a natural pathways are much more
and one can look almost straight jagged granite peak glistens white in obvious than the trail, there is a
down over a mile to the Valle de the afternoon sun. The highest point tendency to stay with them when the
Trinidad, a desert of sand and in Baja, the mountain rises from the courses divide. It isn't until one finds
cactus. Beyond that is the village of desert floor and towers a dizzying - himself in a box canyon or
San Felipe and the sea. On the 10,126 feet. Sheer cliffs, deeply confronted by a virtually impassable
western side the slope is more etched crags and crevasses, and configuration of huge granite
gradual but the view is no less deceiving passes and canyons make boulders that one realizes he must
spectacular. In the evening crimson climbing here a task that should be begin the time-consuming chore of
sunsets blaze across the ranges of attempted only by experienced backtracking. The frustration of this
mountains that taper to the Pacific. mountaineers with a thorough is compounded when carrying a
The tableland between is an isolated knowledge of rock climbing. The heavy pack. The markers that do
pocket of High Sierra flora mountain has had many names, but exist are stone cairns, but they are
and fauna. the one most commonly used by often sparsely spaced and so poorly
The area became a national park in natives of the area is Picacho del done that when one sees a stone atop
1947 but remained undeveloped until Diablo (Peak of the Devil). From another, there is often question as to
1968, when the Mexican government much of the park, Diablo appears to whether it is a marker or a natural
built its national observatory. It is no be an extension of the high plateau, formation. The only map that is
surprise that this site was chosen but the view from the site of the currently available at the ranger
since the area is said to have the observatory reveals that it is station is one that was sketched from
clearest air in the world. The high separated by a wide gorge, memory by U.S. members of the
altitude combined with the thousands of feet deep, known as Sierra Club in 1963.
phenomenally clean, dry air Canon del Diablo. From the west, No one should journey into the
produces a nighttime sky that the base of the mountain can be wilderness alone, and any group
sparkles, with the Milky Way visible reached only after a strenuous two planning a trip of more than a day
as a shimmering silver cloud. The day hike down into the canyon. should get complete instructions at
observatory is not open to the From the east, one must journey the ranger station. It should be
public, but astronomers from all across the vast San Felipe desert. completely understood that unlike in
parts of the world come to use the Within the park are two hot many U.S. national parks, there are
facility. Campers in the area should springs, both accessible only by foot no trained rescue teams or first-aid
make a point of emerging from their or on horse. One of the hot springs is facilities, and it is doubtful that one
tents in the night to observe the near the ruins of the Mission San will encounter other hikers.
without.the manpower to enforce
EMERGENCY
AN
I N 1905, WHILE ON an
expedition into Baja, a U.S.
Biological Survey team
discovered a species of trout unlike
any other. The brightly colofed fish
the laws.
Like much of Baja, the Sierra San
Pedro Martir is open range. As the
summer sun dries the western

BELT is a type of rainbow that was found


in only one stream, the Arroyo San
Antonio, which washes down the
foothills, cattle make their way to
progressively higher ground. By
midsummer, they graze in the open
western slope of the Sierra San pastures of the high country, where
Pedro Martir. The fish was named they remain until the snows drive
after its discoverer, E. W. Nelson, them down again. By the time the
then director of the U.S. Biological winter rains have made the desert
Survey. Around 1930 another U.S. bloom, the cattle can again be found
citizen, Edward Utt, introduced the in the warm base of the foothill
Don't Be Stranded! Nelson rainbow trout into several canyons.
additional San Pedro Martir streams.
- Fits all cars Today they can be caught in the

W
PHILE HIKING THROUGH
- Easily installs in streams that descend the western the park, one might come
minutes slope of the range. The most easily across what will look like a
reached is La Grulla, which involves crude shelter of sticks and tarpaper.
- N o tools needed a hike of several hours. The stream, There may be an old steel drum
which flows through a grassy serving as a stove, and perhaps a
clearing, produces Nelson rainbow rusty set of bedsprings. Nearby
Money Back Guarantee! up to twelve-inches long. Those who there will probably be an equally
send $7.95 plus Si.OO don't wish to walk can take a guided primitive-looking corral fashioned
shipping & handling to: fishing excursion on horseback from dead tree limbs. This is one of
offered by the Meling Ranch, a the camps of the vaqueros, Mexican
Emergency Products long-established guest ranch in the cowboys, who can sometimes be
11514 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City. CA 91604 foothills west of the park. seen riding across the open
In the early 1900s this section of grasslands tending the herds.
Baja was a magnet for big game Although the cattle compete with
hunters who came to take advantage deer and other wildlife for grazing
of Mexico's virtually nonexistent land, the range will remain open to
fish and game laws. They came in them since the high-country
How to Find Maps of search of mountain lions, bighorn meadows are vital to area ranches
during dry seasons.
Remote Places Not Shown sheep and pronghorn antelope. In
more recent times, some of the large To reach the park, one must drive
on Ordinary Road Maps: game have enjoyed a comeback as a along Baja's Route 1. Eighty-five
Start by ordering the latest edition of the result of the enactment and miles south of Ensenada and about
Official USGS State Topo Map Indexes, enforcement of laws to protect it,
available by mail from WESTSIDE MAPS
eight miles south of Colonet is a dirt
CO., Western Map Headquarters since and the development of national road leading off to the left. It is
1935. parks. Now safe from all but marked by a sign that says
Large size State Indexes give you names poachers, the bighorn sheep are "Observatorio.'' After turning here,
of each quad you need for exploring seldom seen, but a lucky hiker might the traveler will bump along a road
remote places. Helps you select from get a glimpse of one silhouetted in that follows the Rio San Telmo.
29,000 available topo quads showing the distance on a lofty turret of
back roads, trails, mines, cabins,
After crossing the river for the
streams, landmarks, elevations and stone, or making its way along the second time, the road begins a steep
contours. An indispensible reference. edges of the eastern escarpment ascent into the high chapparal
where the granite cliffs and boulder country. As one gains altitude, vast
Yes, please rush the following fields form a fortress that shields the panoramas unfold of the rolling
Map Indexes @$1.00 ea. postpaid: sheep from both man and natural foothills with the Rio San Telmo
California
• Arizona Washington
• Hawaii • Montana predators. The mountain lions are appearing as a sandy ribbon in the
D
Nevada • Utah • Oregon
Alaska also elusive. They can be hunted valley far below. As the ridge of the
• New Mexico • Colorado
D
• outside the park only with a special Sierra comes into view it still will
D Wyoming •
D Idaho permit granted by the Mexican look barren but, as one approaches,
D Also, send Color Booklet on HOW TO READ TOPO
MAPS. $1.00 ppd. Department of Wildlife and issued tall pines standing along the edges of
Amount enclosed $ according to current census figures sheer cliffs become visible. This is
NAME of the population. the perimeter of the plateau. After
ADDRESS
No hunting or even the possession passing the Meling Ranch, the road
7IP
of firearms is allowed within the again starts upward with the
CALIF. RESIDENTS ADD 6% SALES TAX. NOTE: TO
ORDER INDIVIDUAL TOPO QUADS, ATTACH park. However, there is currently a countryside becoming greener and
SEPARATE SHEET WITH REQUIREMENTS. $1.75 problem with amateur poachers who cactus and sagebrush gradually
EACH. ADD $1.30 SHIPPING PER ORDER.
come in on horseback to take mule giving way to small evergreens and
WESTWIDE MAPS CO. deer. Although fish and game scrub oak. Soon the traveler will
114 West 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 violations are a felony in Mexico, arrive at the ranger station, in the
Walker S. Clute, Prop. (213) 624-2679 poaching is difficult to discourage shade of tall trees. He will have
J
covered almost fifty miles from
where he turned off the paved road.
Most of the year the road is
passable in an ordinary car, but
those traveling in the spring or early
summer should inquire about road
conditions at the immigration check
point in Maneadero, below
Ensenada. The road occasionally This is
washes out from the winter rains and
in 1979, during exceptionally heavy Holiday Country
rains, it washed out in more than
fifteen places. There is no official For over a quarter of a century
date when the park closes but during Holiday Realty has been serving
the winter, deep snows make the the Real Estate needs of desert
road treacherous and often lovers. Whether you are interested
impassable for long periods. The in Residential, Commercial,
observatory, however, remains open Agriculture or Industrial.
all year because in the winter the
Make your desert connection
cold air makes the skies even
clearer. with the firm whose professional
There is a bright future ahead for expertise is the result of 25 years'
the Sierra San Pedro Martir. The experience right here in
park has come under the the great American Desert.
management of a new ranger, an
educated, young and ambitious man
named Jaime Ferrer. He has no
intention of commercializing the
Holiday
park, but he is making some Realty Corporation
changes. He plans to have maps 73-700 El Paseo, Palm Desert (714)346-6168
made of the area and he is busily at Dick Coffin, President
work establishing campsites. His
assistant, Francisco Mayoral, is a
man who knows the Baja
backcountry as well as anyone. He
served as a guide to the entire
WITH CRIME ON THE INCREASE
peninsula before there was even a Are You Worried about the Loss of Your Valuables?
road. Together they intend to more Don't let increasing burglaries keep you awake at night
clearly mark the trails leading to the or prevent you from leaving home with peace of mind.
park's many attractions. As this is
written, workmen are busily Now, McWelco Products introduces a rugged,
improving the road, putting in heavy-duty line of security vaults designed to
culverts and constructing drainage guard your valuables with the worry-free
security you can depend on.
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remember this place as only being door, these vaults are designed to secure your
rifles, shotguns, handguns and ammunition
reachable by foot or horseback, or from theft or wrong use (excellent for keeping
by four-wheel drive vehicle. To guns out of the hands of children). Also
those adventurous few, the clearly protects jewelry, cameras, electronic and
marked trails and established office equipment, important papers and other
valuables when using optional racks in place of
campsites may come as a rifle racks.
disappointment. Because the park is
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SKY
DETERMINES an appreciation by
DON MACDONALD

7 T DOES NOT seem at all odd


to me that two great, surely
classic books about our desert
were written by easterners forced
rather late in their lives by health to
seek a cure in the arid west. A man
at the separate times they were
issued. Neither book, however,
could be considered a "best seller,"
perhaps because they each focus so
sharply on matters of immense
complexity. Entertaining, yes,
desert sky is the source of the desert
sun, as well as the life-giving rain."
Sky determines. The fact once
acknowledged, one can see with
Calvin how the sky shapes man's
destiny, past and present, and
becomes more than casually hauntingly beautiful in part, true, but particularly in the desert where the
observant of his physician. those appealing niceties were not kindly or unkindly sequence of
One of the books, of course, is their purpose. They are love stories, sunshine and rain can dictate
everyone's indisputable choice, each man's with his desert. And they everything about us.
John C. Van Dyke's Desert, first are free of jealousies; you are invited The erosion that shrinks
published in 1901 and currently to share in this love. mountains carves canyons and
available in Peregrine Smith's We tasted Van Dyke with Jon builds the alluvial plain. The paths
paperback "Literature of the Sering's sensitively illustrated taken by water determine the habitat
American Wilderness" series. The appreciation on these pages last of flora, fauna and man. Thus, in the
other whereof I speak is Sky November. I, with photographers desert, man became herdsmen and
Determines, written in 1934 by Ross Jerry Sieve, Jeff Gnass and Andrew miners, able to till the soil only
Calvin and re-issued in paperback Steuer, III, address this to Ross where it accumulates in the
form by the University of New Calvin and Sky Determines: confined valleys.
Mexico Press. It is less well known. "It was most natural," wrote Although the desert for months
Van Dyke was 42 years of age Calvin, "that the aborigines should and years at a time seems devoid of
when he came to the desert and think of the sky and its deities as moisture, above that portion
Calvin, 38. Both men sought relief rulers of their world. When the contained in California, Arizona and
from chronic lung disorders and rainclouds formed above them and Texas there annually passes the
received it, not by convalescence descended low into their valleys, equivalent of a sheet of water
but by a level of physical activity they were readily transformed by 340-miles wide, 350-miles long and
that in Van Dyke's case, at least, primitive faith and simplicity into the one-foot thick.
was unique. Van Dyke taught at hovering wings of the Thunderbird." Only part of this water falls into
Rutgers University; Calvin trained at Sky determines. The statement six life zones, and only four of these
Harvard for an academic career but seems somehow incomplete; yet, are frequented by man, or nature's
entered the ministry instead. given thought, it is all- other plants and creatures. The flora
Though both published widely on encompassing. "To comprehend the and fauna and until recently, man,
diverse subjects, each author arid and beautifully strange land of are arranged in well-defined bands.
thought these books his life's work desert, mesa and mountain, one In those parts of the desert where
as did a select segment of the public begins by studying its sky. The normalcy is yet unaffected by man,

(continued on page 59)


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JEFFGNASS
QfiOLLA PATCH, Joshua Tree National Monument, California

"IN THE PLANT WORLD ...THE


GROWING THING ENDEAVORS TO
ENCASE ITSELF IN IMPENETRABLE
ARMOR AGAINST THE GNAWING THING.
PLANTS CANNOT ATTACK THEIRS MUST
BE WEAPONS OF DEFENSE. VOIIA, THE
THORN!"

"THE SUPREME RADIANCE OF THE


SOUTHWEST IS INDESCRIBABLE. IT IS A
SORT OF SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE, A
PSYCHIC PHENOMENON.''

SUNSET, Catalinafoothills, Arizona


m
• • > ' ,
'OSHUA TREES below clouded Grand Wash cliffs, Arizona
EARLY SETTLERS CABIN, steptoe Valley, Nevada

"IN A FREE-AND-EASY TIME THEY HAD THEIR DAY, FOR


THE LOOSELY OWNED CATTLE WANDERED AT WILL, THE
RANGES WERE UNFENCED, AND THE ONLY TOKEN OF THE
ANIMAL'S OWNERSHIP WAS ITS BRAND.''

"IT IS NOT A MERE FIGURE OF SPEECH TO SAY THAT THE


SKY HAS TILTED THE BALANCE BETWEEN DESERT AND
HABITABLE COUNTRY; THAT IT HAS MARKED OUT THE
CROOKED, DESCENDING LINES OF DRAINAGE. . ."
1

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tiki
breathing spaces of the west and
there is just enough life in exactly the There is GOLD in
forms needed to sustain one another.
And, on the average, nature doles
should be preseved forever." Calvin,
on the other hand, was inclined to
them 'thar hills!
out sunshine and rain in proportion welcome his fellow man to a n d it is
to maintain this balance. Sky the desert. b e i n g found
determines. There is another key difference,
with the
too. Van Dyke rode into the desert,
That is the thesis. To arrive at it,
Calvin began a log when he was not knowing or caring as to his help of . . .
twelve years old. When presented to destination, for three years with only
the University of New Mexico
Library in 1964, it represented sixty
his horse and a dog for company.
Calvin spaced his experiences over a ALLIED
years of research in 1,260 pages. He
added to it until his death at age 91
lifetime, never roaming too far and
mostly by automobile from SERVICES
in 1970. civilization, and thus never losing his Over 6,000 square feet of
His obituary in the Albuquerque relationship with it. (he most complete stock
Tribune said: "Dr. Calvin would But most significant of all, Calvin of supplies for the professional
refer to himself as an ecologist, for was a scientist, or at least of that or beginner — plus, expert
his study of natural forms probed mind, whereas Van Dyke laid no guidance in the use and
deep into the very foundation of all claim to be. Van Dyke reported what selection of your equipment.
creation.'' And he did probe deeply, he saw and experienced and
into mythology for example. With no suffered, seldom probing the causes. « Gold Dredges • Wet Suits
apology to his Christian peers, he And he saw minutely for his pace
wrote: "Long ago one of the Greek was slow, sometimes painfully so. • Metal Detectors • Dry
sky gods stole the chariot of the sun.Calvin, in turn, painted with a Washers • Sluices • Gold
Unable to control the mighty broader brush, piecing together great
coursers of Apollo, he permitted chunks of his thesis at a time. But Pans • Tools • Topo Maps
them to approach too near the earth, that is as it should have been for the • Laboratory Apparatus
where the heat seared a broad band concept, sky determines,
across its middle. To this day the encompasses almost the universe in • Mineral Lights • Gold
scar of the burn remains. It is calledits scope. Scales • Lapidary
the Sahara. On the other side of the Calvin perhaps more so than Van
earth, somewhere near the same Dyke was sympathetic to his fellow Equipment • Books
latitude, another part of the same man anywhere, past or present, as • Magazines • And Much.
scar is visible, though less long and witness: "History has persisted in
less deep. It used to be called the misunderstanding the Apache. He Much More!
American Desert." has been viewed exclusively and
And unlike many ecologists, he is constitutionally as an enemy, a sort Over 1,600 different
sympathetic to man's presence: of rattlesnake among men . . . The publications in stock. Back
"The desert, exotic, terrible, fact is, that so far from being by issues of magazines
fabulous — what is it, and where? constitution an enemy to the rest of including Desert!
While the reality is no myth, its fangshis fellow creatures, the Apache was
have been drawn. With the first nature's supreme example of "If we don't have it in stock
highway, its terrors paled; and with adaptation to arid environment.'' . . . chances are you don't
the first automobile, an iron horse And again: "Nature, with a need it."
which neither drouth nor heat can mother love always tenacious,
conquer, they disappeared. Today, planted the Apache in the desert,
for the motorist speeding at fifty
miles an hour or better over a
and before any alien species not
specifically adapted could supplant ALLIED
resilient ribbon of asphalt, it is no
menace at all."
Here is one essential difference
between Calvin and Van Dyke. The
him there, it would be necessary to
modify, in some real sense, the
environment. Otherwise, it would be
as rational for a cornfield to supplant
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Cookery
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