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Gold and Silver in the Mojave
Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series

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In the 1890’s, historian Frederick Jackson Turner lamented that the frontier was gone and with it the Old West, but overlooked was some 50,000 square miles of a frontier outlining the Mojave Desert – America’s Last Frontier. In this arid land, unsettled and sketchily mapped, there would now be a headlong 25-year rush for riches and for the Old West.

Award-winning documentary filmmaker and author, Nicholas Clapp has studied, filmed, and written about the deserts of the world. His interest in the Queen of Sheba of the Sahara drew him to the story of the Queen of Sheba Mine in Death Valley and to its mining engineer, leading to his last work, Who Killed Chester Pray? It was while researching for this book that Clapp discovered the many rare photographs of America’s Last Frontier. Nick Clapp will have his book, Gold and Silver in the Mojave: Images of a Last Frontier available for sale at this presentation.

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, January 10 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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