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The Old Spanish Trail
Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series

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Before traffic jams, freeway collisions and tourists en route to the ocean, there were explorers riding muleback who navigated the Old Spanish Trail, which ran along the Mojave River and went through Barstow. After its 1829-1848 heyday, the Old Spanish Trail evolved into a wagon route. Cliff Walker, a local historian, likened it to a forerunner of Interstates 15 and 40. The trail provided the main thoroughfare to reach Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

Join Clifford Walker, Director of the California chapter of The Old Spanish Trail Association for this interesting historical lecture. As a historian, writer and lecturer, Clifford has a wealth of knowledge on the fascinating history of the desert and imparts his insight into the area’s fascinating history with enthusiasm and humor.

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, February 14 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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