Hike Wall Street Mill to Barker Dam

Hike Wall Street Mill to Barker Dam
Hike Wall Street Mill to Barker Dam Hike Wall Street Mill to Barker Dam
Brand: Desert Institute
Product Code: Field Class 751
Availability: 13
Price: $60.00

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Date/Time: Sunday, February 23, 8 am - Late Afternoon
Meet at: Joshua Tree Visitor Center, 6554 Park Blvd., Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Fee: $50 JTNPA/PINE member  $60 non member
Instructor: Chris Metzger, Retired Educator and Desert Historian
Hike Level: Moderate

Put on sturdy walking shoes and prepare to explore Wall Street Mill and the Barker Dam area.  Bill Keyes owned the Wall Street Mill, which he used to process ore from the Desert Queen Mine.  The mill lies in a picturesque area on the edge of the Wonderland of Rocks.  Join Chris Metzger in discovering the mill and its history, including the gunfight between Bill Keyes and Worth Bagley, which will be discussed in detail.  The hike will continue through the Wonderland to Barker Dam.

If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. Please enter the registrants name exactly as it appears in our membership database. If you are not a member you can become one here. Simply add membership to the cart and choose the discounted class in the options above.

Each participant is required to bring a signed Desert-Institute-Participant-Agreement.pdf to the class. Download it here.


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Additional Participants Join Laureen Lentz 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. In addition to the history of this National Historic Register Site, class participants will have an afternoon photographic opportunity with photography instructor, Jim Smart, to capture the images of the Desert Queen Ranch. Participants are encouraged to bring a tripod with their camera(s), which are not allowed on normal tours of the ranch.

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