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The Lives and Times of Billy Mitchell, an American Cowboy
Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series

Categorized as: Seminars & Training
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The Mojave Desert, rich with cowboy and Indian legends, was settled by people who celebrated life, ranching, mining and cowboy ethics. Billy Mitchell, fourth generation of one of the founding families of Barstow, is a rancher, cowboy, father, grandfather, great grandfather and resident of Johnson Valley. He will relate his fascinating and compelling story about growing up in the Mojave Desert with his rancher grandfather and stories of his life as a rancher, rodeo rider and cowboy.

Hilary Sloane moved from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree in 2009. Having left a career as a photo stylist and film producer she picked up her camera and began to explore the Mojave desert. While photographing a calendar for Johnson Valley, she met Billy Mitchell and his family. A friendship has been established, and Billy and Hilary are now working together, with his stories and her photographs to bring awareness about the rich cowboy heritage in the High Desert.

Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, this lecture is held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, on Friday, September13 at 7 pm. This lecture is open to the public and costs $5 per person at the door. Optional dinner with speaker at 5 pm at the 29 Palms Inn, room is limited and attendees are responsible for their own meal. If interested in dinner please RSVP to Marion Gartner 760-361-1202 or

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