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Jackrabbit Homesteads
Black Rock Lecture Series


“Jackrabbit Homesteads”

3rd Friday Black Rock Lecture Series

Yucca Valley, CA, November 15, 2013 - Kim Stringfellow will present a lecture that details the strange history of Jackrabbit Homestead cabins in the Mojave Desert. Beyond the proliferation of big box chains, car dealerships, fast food joints, and the nameless sprawl located along Highway 62 the desert opens up. Out there, where signs of familiar habitation seem to fade from view, a variance appears in the landscape in the form of small, dusty cabins—mostly abandoned—scattered across the landscape. The majority of the existing shacks, historically found throughout the Morongo Basin, lie east of Twentynine Palms in outlying Wonder Valley. The curious presence of these structures indicates that you are entering one of the remaining communities of “jackrabbit” homesteads left in the American West. The mostly derelict structures located among the few inhabited ones are the remaining physical evidence of former occupants who were some of the last to receive land from Uncle Sam for a nominal fee through the Small Tract Act of 1938.

Kim Stringfellow is an artist and educator residing in Joshua Tree, California. She teaches multimedia and photography courses at San Diego State University as an associate professor in the School of Art, Design, and Art History. She received her MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000.

Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park, this lecture will be held at the Black Rock Visitor Center, 9800 Black Rock Canyon, Yucca Valley, CA 92284 on Friday, November 15, 7 pm – 8 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Desert Institute at (760) 367-5535,, or visit

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