October 2015 - 29 Palms CA
29 Palms is seemly well known for its murals. I mean, this is the sign as we entered!!
If we had more time we would have checked them all out.
William & Elizabeth Campbell. The Campbells came to Twentynine Palms in 1924 for WWI veteran Bill's health, pitching a tent at the Oasis of Mara before homesteading 160 acres. There, Bill and his wife, Elizabeth Crozier Campbell, built an exquisite home of native stone, now a B&B called Roughley Manor at Campbell Ranch. Aligned with the Southwest Museum of Los Angeles, the couple scoured this desert for artifacts, logging thousands of finds including the 7500-year-old Pinto Basin site in what is now Joshua Tree National Park. They also donated land for Twentynine Palms' first schoolhouse and for Luckie Park. This 14- by 80-foot mural was painted by Los Angeles artist Richard Wyatt at 74017 29 Palms Highway (Break & Run Billiards). Dedicated: November 23, 1996.
The Dirty Sock Camp. Gold fever brought prospectors to the desert in the late 1800s. Men sought their fortunes near here, setting up camp where water was plentiful. One settlement was the Dirty Sock Camp, named for the method miners used to separate gold from mercury. They used chamois leather, but legend has it that if it wasn't available, someone would sacrifice a sock for the cause. This 14- by 40-foot mural was painted by artist John Whytock of Sugarloaf, CA, and is located at 73911 29 Palms Highway (29 Palms Thrift). Dedicated: March 23, 1996.
Early Life at the Oasis of Mara. The life-giving waters of this lush palm oasis provided much-needed sustenance for Native Americans and early settlers of the hi-desert, and is still considered the original heart of Twentynine Palms. In this 17- by 80-foot rendering, Cahuilla Indians gather and work in and near the water, a Cahuilla woman offers the exquisite baskets for which the tribe was known, and first surveyor Col. Henry Washington and his assistant conduct a desert survey. Located at the corner of National Park Drive and 29 Palms Highway (29 Palms Liquors), this mural was painted by Ron Croci of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Robert Caughlan III of San Francisco. Dedicated: March 25, 1995.