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Desert Queen Ranch, Keys Ranch House, Twentynine Palms, San Bernardino County, CA



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Location
Keys Ranch House, Twentynine Palms vicinity, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2347-A
Significance: The Keys Desert Queen Ranch in the Joshua Tree National Monument is an outstanding historical site of desert-based vernacular technologies displaying a range of architectural and engineering artifacts associated with the Euro-American era of settlement in the Mojave desert. The site is largely intact with nine buildings and four ore mills still surviving. The house is a complex of five sections, three similar in character to mining cabins -- simple wood-frame structures with gable roofs -- and two additions with shed roofs. These kinds of buildings and their method of construction are typical of desert structures. Due to the scarcity of materials, especially of wood, throughout the tree-barren desert, cabins often were built of scavenged material, and, in some cases, whole cabins abandoned by miners and homesteaders were moved to new sites.

Subjects
Ranch Houses


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. FRONT ELEVATION OF RANCH HOUSE - LOOKING EAST
2. FENCE GATE AND RANCH HOUSE FRONT & SIDE - LOOKING NORTHEAST
3. FRONT AND SIDE ELEVATIONS - LOOKING NORTHEAST
4. FRONT ELEVATION
5. NORTH ELEVATION AND CHIMNEY - LOOKING SOUTHEAST
6. CHIMNEY AND STAIRCASE DETAIL VIEW
7. REAR ELEVATION AND CHIMNEY - LOOKING SOUTHWEST
8. REAR ELEVATION AND CHIMNEY - LOOKING SOUTHWEST
9. DETAIL NORTHEAST CORNER SHOWING CHIMNEY AND FOOTBRIDGE
10. SOUTH ELEVATION
11. VIEW OF SOUTHEAST CORNER
12. REAR ELEVATION
13. KITCHEN VIEW INTO PARLOR
14. CHIMNEY DETAIL
15. PARLOR VIEW, BATH TO LEFT REAR
16. SCREEN PORCH AT REAR OF SOUTH WING
17. FRONT ELEVATION WITH VIEW OF CHIMNEY, TWO PART VIEW WITH B1
18. FRONT AND SIDE ELEVATION WITH STORE ON THE LEFT, LOOKING NORTHEAST
19. DETAILED VIEW OF HOUSE WITH STORE
FRONT AND SIDE ELEVATIONS LOOKING NORTHEAST
VIEW OF SOUTHEAST CORNER
REAR ELEVATION


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