THE TANGLE OF TAXONOMY
Do we need to know the names of the blooms
to appreciate spring in the desert?
HUMAN PRINTS ON A WILD LAND
Every wild place needs its hermit.
THE END OF A GOLDEN AGE
When did we, Coronado’s children, lose the urge
to hunt for treasure?
UP AGAINST THE WALL, PALM SPRINGS TRENDIES!
Desert hipsters are missing the really
Fifty years ago, this anthropologist moved to
the desert to live with the Cahuilla.
DEFENDING THE PAST
An argument for the old stories.
The romance of Cabot Yerxa, builder of Cabot’s Pueblo, and Portia Graham.
THE MAYNARD DIXON LINE
The great Western painter was part of a Salton
Sea artists’ enclave.
Early mariners explore the Salton Sea.
LADIES OF THE CANYON
A 1940s Amazon commune in Whitewater Canyon.
The artist Agnes Pelton, of Cathedral City, is
often compared to Georgia O’Keefe.
M*A*S*H IN THE DESERT
This hospital served the hard rock miners of the Colorado River Aqueduct project.
AND YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW HOT!
Gen. Patton subjects soldiers to heat experiments
in the Colorado Desert.
The artistic “brotherhood” of early Palm Springs.
HARD ROCK BOYS
Miners for the Colorado River Aqueduct swarm
the Coachella Valley in the 1930s.
SALTON SEA MONSTERS
Radioactive snails mutate in the Salton Sea.
PALAVERING WITH EDMUND
Fans honor naturalist Edmund Jaeger, who celebrated desert plants and creatures.
In 534 issues, this magazine helped create the mystique of the California deserts.