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Apple Valley Ranchos

22 photographs (8 x 10 inches) and 1 brochure with a map. This is an album of promotional photographs and a brochure of a “Western-style” townsite and housing development in Apple Valley, San Bernardino County, California. Views of the small town of Apple Valley in the desert; interiors and exteriors of ranch houses; people in western clothing riding horses, dancing, and working with livestock.

NotesTitle devised by cataloger. Photographs are stamped with date “1949” and “Apple Valley Photo Center / Ralph H. Cowles / Box D500 LVSR / Victorville, Ca.” Photographs were in a tooled-leather album cover with title “Apple Valley Ranchos” made by “Deere. Van Nuys, Calif.” The leather cover had mold, and has been treated and sealed. Photographs were removed from deteriorated plastic sleeves and kept in original order. The community of Apple Valley was developed by Newton T. Bass and Bernard (Bud) J. Westlund (not pictured).
SubjectsHousing development.
San Bernardino County (Calif.)
Architecture, domestic.
Form/GenrePhotographs. (aat)
Physical CollectionErnest Marquez Collection

Digital Collection
Photographs, Huntington Digital Library

Trees with Warbonnets

Saltating sands
Fluvial braids
Eolian curves

Beauty, of course.
Lightly veiled; delicate and delicate
intricate and complex

set in a silver mantle
beneath blue upon blue
blue within blue
deep and forgetful
changing ever so gradually

extended wings
cupping the sky
and aloft
in flight . . .

feathers like fingers
fanning in flight
a single feather loosens and falls
twisting, circling, swirling,
and falling in the anonymous wind.

soaring above the mountain cirque
not a cloud can be seen
and always below

hot-headed leopard lizard
trees with warbonnets

snakes eat rats
then chase their tails
coyotes eat rabbits
then chase their tails
the desert lizards
eat bugs and each other
and wildflowers

Saltating sands
Fluvial curves
Eolian twists

—~ W. Feller