Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

Jack Cones Adobe and Landing Field

Twentynine Palms' most beloved lawman, Jack Cones, was appointed constable in 1932. He was reelected five times. Jack was the law here until his death in 1960. He earned the nickname, "the Flying Constable," by patrolling his 2,800-square-mile jurisdiction in a Piper J-3 Cub.

Constable Jack Cones    Constable Jack Cones
Constable Jack Cones

Researched and written by John Steiner

Jack Cones (born Orville Jackson Cones), along with his wife Clara, came to the Twentynine Palms area in 1929, because of Jack's failing health.

On March 3, 1932, the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino, appointed Jack to fill the position of Constable of the Twentynine Palms judicial district. His salary was $25.00 a month.

Originally Jack took up a one hundred sixty acre homestead near Dead Man Lake, on the outskirts of Twentynine Palms. He and his wife lived off the land. Later in the year of 1938, Jack and Clara bought thirty acres located east of Adobe Road and south of Amboy Road. In 1939 they completed their home.

In July of 1946, Jack and a friend purchased a Piper Cub J-3 airplane. Jack learned to fly in San Bernardino. Thereafter, almost daily, Jack patrolled the desert by airplane, searching for lost people or wanted criminals. He often checked on people in remote areas. He would prearrange signals for people in remote areas to use if they needed help.

In the middle of the 1940s Jack put in an airfield on his thirty acre property. This parcel later became the first public airstrip in Twentynine Palms. Sadly, Jack Cones was killed in a plane crash in Yucca Valley in 1960.

After Jack's death, a plaque honoring him was purchased with donations from those whose lives he had touched. That plaque was placed in the hall of the Civic Center (now Twentynine Palms' City Hall).

In January 1996 a mural by local artist, Tim O'Connor, honoring Jack Cones as the Flying Constable was dedicated. This mural is located at 6308 Adobe Road (at the intersection of Adobe Road and Gorgonio Avenue) and is a wonderful tribute to his service to Twentynine Palms.

Jack Cones Memorial Plaque
Jack Cones Memorial Plaque - Twentynine Palms City Hall


Mural honoring Jack Cones
Mural honoring Jack Cones—The Flying Constable

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