Desert X 2021: The Jackrabbit Homestead

“Jackrabbit Homestead” by Kim Stringfellow at DesertX 2021 is an art installation on display that explores the legacy of the Small Tract Act in California’s Morongo Basin region near Joshua Tree National Park.

Located near Palm Springs, her recreation of a 122 sq foot cabin built from a kit was not uncommon among homesteaders in the 1950s.

Coachella Valley Jet Jam 2021

I’ve always wanted to see these jet-powered remote controlled airplanes in-person, and I finally got the chance this weekend at the Coachella Valley Jet Jam 2021 held in Southern California.

And, I was totally amazed and in awe by the passion and aerobatic skills of the remote pilots, and the level of sophistication of their aircraft. Here’s just a sampling of the pictures I made over the weekend, none which do justice to the thrills, sounds, and excitement of the sport.

Keys Desert Queen Ranch, Joshua Tree National Park

The Desert Queen Ranch home of Frances Mae and Bill Keys

Born in 1879, William F. Keys acquired the Desert Queens Ranch in 1910 from the estate of local outlaw and cattle rustler Jim McHaney, who never paid Keys the wages owed for working the ranch over five years. Keys added an additional 160 acres to the ranch in 1917 through homesteading.

In 1943, Keys shot and killed Worth Bagley. Convicted of murder, Keys went to San Quentin Prison, where Keys was paroled in 1950 and was pardoned in 1956.

Keys died in 1969. Now part of the Joshua Tree National Park, the Keys Ranch Historic District is open to tours.

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