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Twentynine Palms in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Keys' Desert Queen Ranch

 
 
Keys' Desert Queen Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 18, 2014
1. Keys' Desert Queen Ranch Marker
Inscription.  Bill Keys arrived in 1910 as the caretaker of the once prosperous Desert Queen Mine in what is now Joshua Tree National Park.

When the mine closed, Bill claimed it and the mill site (which became the ranch home) for his unpaid wages.

Through much resourcefulness and hard work, Bill and his wife Frances met the challenges of living and caring for five children in this remote location. Bill lived at the ranch until his death in 1969.
 
Erected 2013 by Action 29 Palms. (Marker Number 25.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 34° 8.308′ N, 116° 3.282′ W. Marker is in Twentynine Palms, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on Adobe Road south of Gorgonio Drive, on the right when traveling south. Mural and marker cover the north side of the building at this address. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6348 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms CA 92277, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured
Mural detail: Bill Keys image. Click for full size.
2. Mural detail: Bill Keys
as the crow flies. Jack Cones (within shouting distance of this marker); The Desert Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Cattle Days in Hidden Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); Good Times at Smith's Ranch (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Flash Flood (about 700 feet away); Oasis of Mara (approx. ¼ mile away); Minerva Hamilton Hoyt (approx. 1.2 miles away); Champion of the Desert (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Twentynine Palms.
 
More about this marker. Mural artist: Art Mortimer, Twentynine Palms, CA
 
Regarding Keys' Desert Queen Ranch. National Register of Historic Places #75000174.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Oasis of Murals • 29 Palms
 
Also see . . .
1. Keys Ranch. In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. The story of William F. Keys and his family is particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. Listed as a National Historic Register Site, the property is located in a remote, rocky canyon in Joshua Tree National Park. (Submitted on January 28, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Keys Desert Queen Ranch (Wikipedia)
Mural detail: Frances Keys image. Click for full size.
3. Mural detail: Frances Keys
. Bill Keys was the area's leading character, and his ranch is a symbol of the resourcefulness of early settlers. Keys pursued both ranching and mining to make a living in the desert. Keys married Francis M. Lawton in 1918, and they had seven children together, three of whom died and were buried at the ranch. (Submitted on January 28, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Keys' Desert Queen Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 18, 2014
4. Keys' Desert Queen Ranch Marker
Mural Art Credits image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 18, 2014
5. Mural Art Credits
This was a mural-in-a-weekend project completed with the help of volunteers from the city of 29 Palms, surrounding areas, as well as other states and countries. Anyone wishing to volunteer was given a brush and section of mural to paint.
Keys' Desert Queen Ranch Mural image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 18, 2014
6. Keys' Desert Queen Ranch Mural
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 28, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 28, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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