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Home > California > Twentynine Palms vicinity > Desert Queen Ranch, Twentynine Palms, San Bernardino County, CA



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Ranch Overview From Above Approach Road Looking North
HB143892
Ranch Overview From Above Approach Road Looking North
Wagons/ranch Grounds
HB143893
Wagons/ranch Grounds
Ranch Grounds Looking Sw At Rear Of Ranch House
HB143894
Ranch Grounds Looking Sw At Rear Of Ranch House
Fence Detail In Front Of Ranch House Looking Towards Road In Right Rear.
HB143895
Fence Detail In Front Of Ranch House Looking Towards Road In Right Rear.
Stone Retaining Wall In Rear Of Ranch House.
HB143896
Stone Retaining Wall In Rear Of Ranch House.
Detail Of Wall Above With William Keyes Signature.
HB143897
Detail Of Wall Above With William Keyes Signature.
Chicken Coop And Automobile.
HB143898
Chicken Coop And Automobile.
Part One Of Four Part Panorama Of Keyes Ranch - Looking North
HB143899
Part One Of Four Part Panorama Of Keyes Ranch - Looking North
Part Two Of Four Part Panorama Of Keyes Ranch - Looking East
HB143900
Part Two Of Four Part Panorama Of Keyes Ranch - Looking East
Part Three Of Four Part Panorama Of Keys Ranch Showing Mill And Ranch House - Looking East
HB143901
Part Three Of Four Part Panorama Of Keys Ranch Showing Mill And Ranch House - Looking East
Part Four Of Four Part Panorama Of Keys Ranch Showing Machine Shop - Looking East
HB143902
Part Four Of Four Part Panorama Of Keys Ranch Showing Machine Shop - Looking East
Looking Southwest At Ranch Area, Ranch House In Middle Distance
HB143903
Looking Southwest At Ranch Area, Ranch House In Middle Distance
Ranch Area Detail
HB143904
Ranch Area Detail
Ranch Area Detail
HB143905
Ranch Area Detail
Derrick Behind Ranch House
HB143906
Derrick Behind Ranch House


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Location
Twentynine Palms vicinity, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2347
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N78).
Significance: The 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 Desert Queen Ranch was active from 1894 to 1969, during which time fifteen roofed structures and five ore mills were built on the site. / The Desert Queen Ranch illustrates responses to hostile desert conditions while testifying to a self-sufficient subsistence economy supported in part by cattle ranching, farming, and mining and ore milling. The Desert Queen Ranch, which became part of the National Park Service in 1969, is in the Mojave Desert, situated in the center of a small canyon 4,200' above sea level. Of the eight buildings constructed by William F. Keys between the 1910s and the 1950s, seven are still standing. The history of the Desert Queen Ranch is related to the beginnings of the development of cattle raising, the mining of precious metals, and the growth of cities adjacent to and including the region known today as the Joshua Tree National Monument.

Subjects
Ranches


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. RANCH OVERVIEW FROM ABOVE APPROACH ROAD LOOKING NORTH
2. WAGONS/RANCH GROUNDS
3. RANCH GROUNDS LOOKING SW AT REAR OF RANCH HOUSE. CANAL RETAINING WALL IN FOREGROUND. MACHINE SHOP IN DISTANCE LEFT.
4. FENCE DETAIL IN FRONT OF RANCH HOUSE LOOKING TOWARDS ROAD IN RIGHT REAR.
5. STONE RETAINING WALL IN REAR OF RANCH HOUSE.
6. DETAIL OF WALL ABOVE WITH WILLIAM KEYES SIGNATURE.
7. CHICKEN COOP AND AUTOMOBILE.
8. PART ONE OF FOUR PART PANORAMA OF KEYES RANCH - LOOKING NORTH
PART ONE OF FOUR PART PANORAMA OF KEYES RANCH - LOOKING NORTH
9. PART TWO OF FOUR PART PANORAMA OF KEYES RANCH - LOOKING EAST
PART TWO OF FOUR PART PANORAMA OF KEYES RANCH - LOOKING EAST
10. PART THREE OF FOUR PART PANORAMA OF KEYS RANCH SHOWING MILL AND RANCH HOUSE - LOOKING EAST
11. PART FOUR OF FOUR PART PANORAMA OF KEYS RANCH SHOWING MACHINE SHOP - LOOKING EAST
12. LOOKING SOUTHWEST AT RANCH AREA, RANCH HOUSE IN MIDDLE DISTANCE
13. RANCH AREA DETAIL
14. RANCH AREA DETAIL
15. DERRICK BEHIND RANCH HOUSE


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