A Story of Four Boys

Devil's Canyon, San Bernardino National Forest, Old Spanish Trail

Devil’s Canyon

One day a wagon train rolled in off the desert to San Bernardino. On this wagon train there were four sick and hungry Paiute Indian boys.

Each one of these boys was placed with separate families in San Bernardino, and each one of the boys, living in a good Mormon home, got better.

One boy went rabbit hunting with his foster brother. There they ran into the Thomas brothers who were also out hunting. One brother got into an argument with the Indian boy. They get louder and louder then the Thomas boy raised and aimed his pistol at the Indian and the Indian immediately raised his rifle and shot Thomas. He fell over dead.

Obviously, it was self-defense and no matter how they looked at it at trial it came out self defense. The Indian was acquitted and went free.

Sawpit Canyon. Old Spanish Trail

Sawpit Canyon

Life went on and things seemed as if things were forgotten and when it came time for the Indian boys to go home, an escort was provided for them. The escort was made up of one of the Thomas’ and several of his friends.

The party left San Bernardino and rather than going up the Cajon Pass, they took the old trail up Devil’s Canyon to the ridge then dropped down into Sawpit Canyon. The area was heavily forested and the young Paiute that had killed the Thomas boy figured out what was going on and slipped into the woods escaping.

Summit Valley, Las Flores Ranch

Summit Valley

The remaining three boys were brought down into what is now the Las Flores Ranch area and summarily murdered. Then they were decapitated and their heads placed on the top of long poles.

Not much was ever mentioned of the incident afterwards most, likely because the boys killed were Indian.

A few years later a caretaker on the property found two of the skulls. He took them and nailed one to each of the gate posts at the entry to the ranch. Being the braggart that he was, he would tell the story of the Indian skulls nailed to the gate and if an Indian wanted to know what that story was, they were welcome to come and an he would happily show them.

(retold from History of Victor Valley – Lyman)

Keller Peak Lookout

San Bernardino National Forest

Keller Peak fire lookout tower, San Bernardino National Forest— Keller Peak Historic Fire Lookout Tower —

Keller Peak Lookout, a historic fire lookout tower, was built in 1926 and is the oldest fire tower still standing in the San Bernardino National Forest.

The lookout is little changed from its 1926 appearance, and it represents one of very few fire towers in California dating from before the Great Depression.

Keller Peak is still used during the high fire hazard months, and volunteer lookouts are on-duty between May and November.

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In Regard to the Wind

Ma100_3266ny greenhorns, tenderfeet, other such neophytes and newbies believe the desert to only have two seasons- the blazing summer and the barren winter.  This is not entirely true. We have four seasons, but the differences between them are subtle.

These seasons are not marked between themselves by wildflowers blossoming, green summers, colorful fall foliage, or snowy winters, but by another power of nature—the wind. And no matter what the season, there is always the wind–the ever-present wind.

There is the Spring.  The air goes from warmish to hot and the days are windy, of course.  The Summer follows and its hot air dries and burns as the wind whirls and convects under the blazing sun. After the long summer there is an entire season we call simply, “Wind,” known to outsiders as autumn or fall.  Then there is the fourth season, the one we rarely speak of for fear of cursing ourselves. We call this season, “More Wind.”

It is in this 4th season in which the events that I wish to tell of occurred.

One windy day I followed a dirt road I had not traveled before. I drove by a ranch and on this ranch I saw a scrawny chicken laying an egg.  It was so windy in fact, that the egg rolled right back up into this poor bird and it laid the same egg again as I passed.

I drove further up the road.  It became even windier with every mile, and darker. I decided to start my way home. I turned on the headlights. The wind was so strong that it bent the beams right under the truck.  I could not see a thing.  After a minute or so of considering my options, I figured the only way to see where I was going would be to turn the truck around and back up all the way home.

So, as I am backing my way home I go by the ranch with the chicken I had saw earlier, and there the flustered fowl laid that very same egg two more times before slipping off into the dark of the windy night.

The end.

Rhyolite Train Station – 1931

Rhyolite Train Station — Rhyolite, Nevada — Burton Frasher – 1931

Rhyolite Ghost Town

On the Arrowhead Trail between Barstow and Baker, California

On the Arrowhead Trail between Barstow and Baker, California
Burton Frasher – 1930

Mojave Desert Points of Interest

17 Mile Point
20 Mule Team Canyon
29 Palms
49 Palms Oasis

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Afton Canyon
Aguereberry Camp
Aguereberry Point
Alabama Hills
Amargosa Desert
Amargosa Mine
Amargosa River
Amboy Crater
Anderson Dry Lake
Angeles National Forest
Angeles National Forest Campgrounds (List)
Antelope Valley
Antelope Valley Indian Museum
Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
Anvil Spring
Apple Valley
Arbuckle Mine
Arch Rock (White Tank Arch)
Arrowhead Pinnacles
Artist’s Palette
Ashford Mill
Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge

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Badwater Spring*
Bagdad Cemetery
Baker, CA
Baldy Mesa*
Baldwin Mill
Ballarat Cemetery
Ball Flat*
Barker Dam
Barstow, CA
Barstow Area*
Beatty, NV
Bell Mountain
Bell Mountain Views*
Bennett’s Long Camp
Bickel Camp
Big Bear, CA
Big Bear Dam
Big Bear Lake
Big Dune, Nv
Bighorn Mine
Big Morongo Canyon
Big Pine, CA
Big Rock Creek
Big Rock Creek*
Bishop, CA
Black Hawk Gold Mine And Mill
Black Hawk Landslide
Black Rock Canyon
Blue Cut
Blue Ridge Campground
Bodie Ghost Town
Bonanza King Mill
Bonanza King Mine
Bonnie Clare Dry Lake
Bonnie Keebler-Harris Grave
Boron, CA
Boron Cemetery
Boundary Cone
Box S Ranch
Bristlecone Pine Forest
Bristol Dry Lake
Broadwell Dry Lake
Burro Schmidt Cabin
Burro Schmidt Tunnel
Butte Valley

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Cadiz, CA
Cadiz Dunes
Cadiz Summit
Cajon Pass
Calico Cemetery
Calico Ghost Town
California City
Camp Cady
Camp Marl Springs
Camp Rock Spring
Cap Rock
Cartago, CA
Casa Del Desierto
Castles in the Clay
Cement Boat
Cerro Gordo Cemetery
Cerro Gordo Ghost Town
Champion Lodgepole Pine
Chief Tecopa’s House
Children’s Forest
Chimney Rock
China Ranch
Chloride, AZ
Chloride Cliff
Cholla Garden
Cima Dome
Cima Ghost Town
Cinder Cones
Colorado Desert
Colorado Desert (Joshua Tree NP)
Colorado River
Colorado River (Historic Route 66)*
Colorado River (Lower)
Colorado River (Upper)
Communities (List)
Convict Lake
Cottonwood Kilns
Cottonwood Spring
Conn-Trudo Borax Works
Cougar Buttes
Coyote Dry Lake
Crystal Springs
Cudahy Ghost Town

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Daggett, CA
Daggett Ditch
Daggett Garage
Dante’s View
Dante’s View*
Dale Dry Lake
Dam Keeper’s House
Darwin Falls
Darwin Ghost Town
Dawson Saddle
Deadman’s Point
Death Valley
Death Valley Junction, CA
Death Valley Mine
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley Ranch
Death Valley Sand Dunes
Deep Creek Hot Springs
Desert Megaphone
Desert Queen Mine
Desert Queen Ranch
Devil’s Cornfield
Devil’s Golfcourse
Devil’s Playground
Devil’s Punchbowl
Devil’s Punchbowl (Arches)
Dirty Sock Springs
Discovery Center
Doble Cemetery
Doble Town Site
Dolomite Ghost Town
Dry Lakes (List)
Dublin Gulch
Dumont Dunes
Dutch Cleanser Mine

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Eagle Cliff Mine
East Mojave Desert
Eagle Borax Works
El Mirage Dry Lake
El Paso Mountains
Emerson Dry Lake
Emigrant Pass
Eureka Dunes
Eureka Mine
Eureka Peak
Evening Star Mine

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Father Crowley Point
Fork In The Road
Fort Mohave*
Fort Paiute
Fort Tejon
Fossil Falls
Fossil Shell Layers
Fossil Trackways
Fried Liver Wash
Furnace Creek

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Galway Dry Lake
Garces Harvey House
Garlock Ghost Town
Garlock Ghost Town
Geologist’s Cabin
Geology Tour Road
Gobar’s Dairy
Golden Canyon
Gold Hammer Mine
Goldstone Ghost Town
Goler Gulch Ghost Town
Goodsprings, Nevada
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Caverns
Grapevine Canyon
Grassy Hollow
Grimshaw Riparian Area
Guffy Campground

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Halloran Springs
Hangman’s Tree
Harmony Borax Works
Harper Dry Lake
Havasu Wildlife Refuge
Helendale Bluffs
Hercules Finger
Hesperia Lake
Hidden Valley
Hilltop House
Holcomb Valley Cabin
Holly Mine
Hoover Dam
Hualapai Mountain Park
Hunter Cabin

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Ibex Dunes
Ibex Ghost Town
Ibex Springs
Immigrant Point
Impassable pass
Indian Cove
Inspiration Point

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Jackson Lake
Johannesburg Cemetery
Johnson Valley OHV
Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree Area
Joshua Tree, CA
Joshua Tree National Park
Jubilee Pass
Jumbo Rocks

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Keane Spring
Keane Wonder Mill
Keane Wonder Mine
Keane Wonder Tram
Keebler-Harris, Bonnie – Grave Site Keeler Cemetery
Keeler Ghost Town
Keeler Smelter
Keller Peak Lookout
Kelso Depot (Station)
Kelso Dunes
Kelso Station*
Kelso Ghost Town*
Key’s View
Koehn Dry Lake
Kramer Junction

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Lake Adelaide
Lake Arrowhead
Lake Elizabeth
Lake Gregory
Lake Manly
Lake Mead
Lake Silverwood
Lamel Spring
Last Chance Canyon
Lava Arch
Lava Tube (Mojave Preserve)
Lava Tube (Pisgah)
Leadfield Ghost Town
Lee Flat
Lester Dale Mine
Limber Pine Forest
Little Lake
Little Rock
Little Rock Reservoir
Lippencott Mine
Lone Pine, CA
Las Flores Ranch
Lost Burro Mine
Lost Horse Mine
Lost Lake
Lost Palms Oasis
Lucerne Dry Lake*
Lucerne Earthquake Cracks
Lucerne Valley
Lucerne Valley Ca
Lucerne Valley Museum*
Ludlow Cemetery
Ludlow (Route 66)

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Marble Canyon
Mariposa Grove
Marl Springs
Mastodon Mine
Mastodon Peak
Maverick Stadium*
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Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes
Mesquite Springs
Mitchell Caverns
Mission San Gabriel
Mission Well
Mojave, CA
Mojave Desert (Joshua Tree NP)
Mojave National Preserve
Mojave River
Mojave River Fish Hatchery*
Mojave River Narrows *
Mojave River Narrows – Regional Park –
Mono Lake
Moorehouse Mine
Moorten’s Mill
Mormon Rocks
Mosaic Canyon
Mountain Meadows, Utah
Mt. Baden-Powell
Mt. Baden-Powell Summit
Mt. Charleston
Mud Hills
Mustard Canyon
Mystic Maze

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Natural Bridge
Needles, CA
Needle’s Eye (Echo Canyon Arch)
Newberry Springs
New Dale
Noonday Mine Town Site
Northeast Mojave Desert

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Oasis of Mara
Oasis of Mara
Oatman, Az
Ocotillo Patch
O.K. Mine
Olancha Dunes
Old Dale Ghost Town
Old Dominion Mine
Old Dutch Cleanser Mine
Old Spanish Trail
Old Tecopa
Old Town Victorville
Old Woman Springs
Oro Grande
Oro Grande Cemetery
Owens Valley
Owl Canyon
Owl Hole Spring

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Padre Crowley Point
Pahrump, NV
Palmdale, CA
Panamint Valley
Panamint Valley Overlook
Peace Rock
Pinto Basin Junction
Pilot Rock
Pioneer Point
Pisgah Crater
Point of Rocks
Poppy Reserve
Porcupine Wash
Post Office Spring
Providence Ghost Town
Providence Mountains

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Rabbit Springs
Racetrack Playa
Ragtown Ghost Town
Rainbow Basin
Rainbow Basin
Rainbow Bridge
Randsburg Ghost Town
Red Mountain
Red Rock Canyon (CA)
Red Rock Canyon (NV)
Reeves Dry Lake
Rhyolite Ghost Town
Ridgecrest, CA
Ripley Desert Woodland
Robber’s Roost
Ruth Mine

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Saddleback Butte
Saddleback Butte
Saline Valley
Saline Valley Salt Tram
Saline Valley Salt Works
Saline Valley Sand Dunes
Salsberry Pass
Salt Creek
San Bernardino
San Bernardino National Forest
San Gabriel (Mission)
Saratoga Springs
Scotty’s Castle
Searchlight Cemetery
Searchlight, NV
Searles Dry Lake
Searles Valley
Shaman’s Eye
Shorty’s Grave
Shorty’s Well
Shoshone, CA
Shoshone Cemetery
Silurian Dry Lake
Silver Bell Mine
Silver Lake
Silver Lake Rock Cairns
Silver Lakes
Silverwood Campground
Silverwood Lake
Skull Rock
Sleeping Beauty Mountain
Smoketree Wash
Socialist Colony Ruins
Soda Lake
Soggy Dry Lake
South Mojave Desert
Spanish Arrastre
Split Rock
Spring Valley
St. George, Utah
Stagecoach Station
Stedman Ghost Town
Stoddard Mountain
Stone Hotel
Stovepipe Wells
Striped Butte
Summit Valley
Superior Dry Lake (central)
Superior Dry Lake (east)
Swansea Ghost Town
Sycamore Grove

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Table Mountain Campground
Table Mountain Ski Lodge
Table Mountain Ski Lodge
Teakettle Junction
Tecopa, CA
Tecopa Hot Springs
Tehachapi, CA
Tehachapi Loop
Telescope Peak
Temple Bar
Teutonia Peak
Titus Canyon
Tomo Kahni
Topock Gorge
Topock Marsh
Trilobite Site
Trona Area *
Trona, CA
Trona Pinnacles
Tropico Gold Mine
Turkey Flats
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Twenty Mule Team Museum*

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Ubehebe Crater

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Valley of Fire
Vasquez Rocks
Victor Valley
Victorville, CA
Virgin River
Virginia Dale Mine
Vincent Gap
Vincent’s Cabin

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Walker Pass
Wall Street Mill
War Eagle Mine
Warm Springs Camp
Warm Springs Talc Mine
Warm Springs (Saline Valley)
Wild Pool Hot Springs
White Tank Arch (Arch Rock)
Wildrose Kilns
Willow Beach
Winona Mill
Wrightwood, Ca. (offsite link)

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X Marks the Spot

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Yosemite National Park *
Yosemite Valley *
Yucca Rings ACEC
Yucca Valley, CA

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Zabriskie Point
Zion National Park


Huntington’s Station

Huntington’s Station was the first trading post in the area, and although Heber Huntington only owned it from 1873 to 1878, it remained known as Huntington’s Station until the the railroad came through and renamed it Victor. The river crossing with a few modern exceptions as the Narrows Bridge, Rainbow Bridge, and the cement plant looks much the same today as it did in 1872 when Mecham built what has become Stoddard Wells Road.

Mojave River, Victorville

Mojave River at Huntington’s Crossing


A Wildly-flowered Road

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A Wildly-flowered Road

Desert gold wildflowers along Amboy Crater Road

Desert gold along Amboy Crater Road

Amboy Crater, 2008