In late 2017, my friend JP and I went out exploring in the backcountry of Joshua Tree National Park. On our way to another site we stopped at a small petroglyph site along a wash we are calling "Big Wash".
James “Chuckwalla Jim” Wilson discovered a rich gold-bearing outcrop of rock in this canyon in 1901. He called it the El Dorado (also spelled Eldorado). Wilson loaded small batches of ore on burros to be processed over at the mill at Pinyon Well, and all the way to an arrastra
These are two relatively easy mines to reach in the heart of Joshua Tree National Park. It is just a few miles west of the popular Cholla Cactus Garden. History Silver Bell Mine Phil Sullivan (who also worked at the Contact Mine) and Albert Vivian staked the Silver Bell claim
William Anthony Simon, also known as Anthony William Simmons but more famously as "Chuckawalla Bill", fixed up this little cabin and lived here from around 1932 to 1936. Born on August 2nd, 1875 in Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War and later in with