Early Homesteader’s Quest for Water

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

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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