On Saturday May 18, 2018 nine very hardy volunteers worked together for 4 hours to help improve the safety and visual experience of visitors to Arrastre Waterfall (the "Falls" as it is often affectionately called). A sharp turn along Powerline Rd (JF3330) has not only become an eyesore, but also a safety issue. Recently the … Continue reading Successful Restoration Project
Friends of Juniper Flats respect and admire the beauty in the Mojave Desert, and our volunteers make a difference. In addition to cleaning up trash left by others and blown in, volunteers do "restoration" projects. Last year we completed several projects including the Restoration Workshop April 8, 2017 and the National Public Lands Day Project. … Continue reading Safety, Habitat and Visual Resource Improvement Project
By Dean Greenwalt Water was of primary importance in the success of the early homesteads. Mark Law's first claim on Juniper Flats was rewarded with historic Rock Springs. He also filed for rights to springs in the canyons above the ranch, providing gravity flow through two separate pipelines into his reservoirs. Albert Miller was second, … Continue reading Early Homesteader’s Quest for Water
Monaghan was an elderly fellow. He came out and homesteaded several acres and built a barn and a couple of small houses and his dream was to establish or build a resort .
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
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
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