Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

100 Years of Morongo Basin History

Events In The 100 Year History Publication

Year Event     Year Event
1910 Maude Russell and Clara True     1953 29 Palms Gem and Mineral Society is chartered
1911 First homesteads in MV, YV and JT     1954 Smiths Drive-in theater opens at Smith's Ranch
1913 Indians no longer living in Oasis of Mara     1955 Joshua Monument Bank scandel
1917 Mining in the Dale area     1961 Art & Rusty Sipherd bring KDHI and KQYN radio to Hi-Desert
1918 Veterans come to 29P for Dr. Luckie's treatment     1963 29 Palms Artist Guild moved to Hopkins Adobe
1919 Shay and other cattlemen     1971 Communications & Electronics school moves to 29P Marine Base
1920 First US Census - history     1973 Musician Gram Parsons dies of overdose in a JT Motel
1923 Author Adelaide Arnold comes to 29P     1974 Europe '74 choir
1924 William & Elizabeth Campbell arrive in the desert     1978 Old Woman meteorite stolen by the Smithsonian
1926 Johnny Lang dies and is buried by Keys, Kiler and Preedon     1979 Woman rescued from mineshaft
1927 Frank and Helen Bagley homestead in 29 Palms     1980 29P resident Brian O'Connor selected to become an Astronaut
1928 29 Palms Inn established     1981 Lulu Rassmussan publishes "Peculiar Piece of Desert"
1929 First public swimming pool built at American Legion post in 29P     1982 Twentynine Palms Historical Society established
1930 Minerva Hoyt organizes International Desert Conservation League     1984 CMC opens as a campus of College of the Desert
1933 29Palms cemetery established     1987 Twentynine Palms becomes incorporated as a city
1934 High School in 29 Palms     1988 Ambulance service comes to the tri-community area
1935 Desert Trail founded by Bill Underhill     1990 29PHS begins drive to move Old Schoolhouse Museum
1937 Johnny Hastie starts gasoline driven stage to Banning     1993 Joshua Tree parade and Turtle Days
1939 Money found missing from 29 Palms Post Office safe     1995 First issue of the Sun Runner Magazine is published & released
1940 Little Church of the Desert is first church building in the Basin     1996 Murals of 29 Palms
1941 First Weed Show held in 29 Palms     2000 Global Mural Conference is held in 29 Palms
1943 Bill Keys shoots Worth Bagley     2002 Death of John Calveri who helped found Theatre 29
1944 "Spirit of 29 Palms" P-51 fighter plane purchased by 29P     2005 Morongo Basin cultural Art Tours begin
1945 John Olson "Swede" shot     2008 Sky's the Limit plans continue
1948 Ince Memorial Hospital established in 29 Palms     2010 Joshua Tree Playhouse
1951 Marines begin training in 29 Palms        



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