Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

Luckie Park

Dr. James B. Luckie is often credited with populating this community during the years after World War I by sending veterans suffering the effects of mustard gas here for the pure, healing air. The Pasadena doctor became one of our most prominent citizens and founding fathers.


Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms was dedicated on July 4, 1965 with Dr. Luckie in attendance. He passed away ten days later in Pasadena, Calif. Well known local historian Lucile Weight treats the subject in some depth with an article entitled “How a Doctor Became Father of 29 Palms” which appeared in the Desert Trail’s 1976 Pioneer Days Souvenir Edition. This traces the pioneering role played by Dr. Luckie and the American Legion in the development of the community in the early 1920’s.


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