The Mojave Preserve

I went in to Mojave National preserve this week with staff and volunteers from the Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT). One of their primary missions is to acquire, restore and convey conservation lands which is often gifted back to the National Park. They took me to see a recent aquisition which had been a private homestead since the 1930’s but abandoned since the 1970’s. It was quite the find for the MDLT and NPS archeologist, David R. Nichols, who was helping to make an inventory of the historical tools, machinery and buildings. Once cleaned of the thick piles of the rodent droppings, the property will become a kind of public mid-century homestead museum within the National Preserve.

Trailer on the homestaed property

Trailer on the homestaed property

Park Archeologist, David R. Nichols in the homestead.

Park Archeologist, David R. Nichols in the homestead.

Taking an inventory of the homemade machinery.

Taking an inventory of the homemade machinery.

1950's Studebaker truck

1950’s Studebaker truck

Stop sign in the desert

Stop sign in the desert

Homested interior

Homested interior

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