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Desert Queen Ranch and the Keys Family 

Date/Time: Saturday, September 19, 9 am – 5 pm
Meet at: Oasis Visitor Center
Fee: $60 JTNPA/PINE member, $70 non member
Instructor: John Hale, Ph.D., History, Archaeologist
Hike Level: Easy

Join John Hale for an exploration of the history of the Desert Queen Ranch.  In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William F. Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert.  This class will explore the colorful story of the 60 years Bill and Frances spent working together to make a life and raise their five children in this remote location. The ranch house, school house, store, and workshop still stand; the orchard has been replanted; and the grounds are full of the cars, trucks, mining equipment, and spare parts that are a part of the Desert Queen Ranch story.   John will also address the preservation and restoration programs within the Joshua Tree National Park.

Download the course outline:  Desert Queen Ranch and the Keys Ranch Fall 2015

Suggested reading: “Growing Up at Desert Queen Ranch” by Art Kidwell and Willis Keys, which is available at the Visitor Centers.

If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.

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