History of Monahan Ranch

by Dean Greenwalt Juniper Flats/Arrastre Canyon offered a last opportunity to take ownership under the Homestead Act of 1862. After Mark Law's first patent on upper Rock Springs on July 8, 1919, James F. Monaghan followed with his patent for 312 acres in Arrastre Canyon on October 7, 1919. (He later patented an additional 315 … Continue reading History of Monahan Ranch


First Land Patent at Rock Springs

By Dean Greenwalt (with grateful acknowledgement to H.F.Goldbrandsen for his interview with Mark Law). The Homestead Act of 1862 promised ownership of as much as 160 acres of contiguous public land to a citizen or head of a family who resided on and cultivated the land for five years after the initial claim. Area pioneer … Continue reading First Land Patent at Rock Springs

2018 High Desert Annual Conservation Coalition Meeting

  The Friends of Juniper Flats will host the 2018 High Desert Annual Conservation Coalition Meeting on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Come join us at the Sterling Inn, Regency Room, 11738 Francesca, Victorville, CA. The event will provide a wonderful networking opportunity for conservation organizations and the general public. Benefits of the … Continue reading 2018 High Desert Annual Conservation Coalition Meeting

2017 Year in Review

In 2017 the Friends of Juniper Flats continued to work through many challenges including restoration of closed routes, installing open route signs, and mapping proposed hiking trails. With support from our members, we were able to increase awareness of the area and its resources.  Friends of Juniper Flats worked with the Bureau of Land Management … Continue reading 2017 Year in Review

Historic Van Dusen Rd

by Dean Greenwalt Many who enjoy Arrastre Canyon and Juniper Flats may not be aware that they are accessing via the historic Van Dusen Rd. route. The route went easterly from Hesperia along Rock Springs Rd. After dropping down towards Tussing Ranch Rd., it headed south into Arrastre Canyon generally along current Bowen Ranch Rd. … Continue reading Historic Van Dusen Rd

Early History of Bowen Ranch

By Dean Greenwalt In the early Twenties, Warren and Gertie Bowen and their five children were living in Los Angeles. Their son Glenn had become sickly after having gotten pneumonia and losing a lung. The doctor advised moving him to a drier climate, and so they first considered moving to Palm Springs to raise fruit. … Continue reading Early History of Bowen Ranch