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195902 Desert Magazine 1959 February

195902 Desert Magazine 1959 February

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FEBRUARY
on
the DESERT
Rodeos highlight the Februarydesert events calendar. In Phoenix,Tucson, Mesa, Wickenburg, Yuma,Chandler, El Paso and Palm Springsmany a cowboy will bounce off thehard ground . . . many a rodeo en-thusiast will thrill to the always differ-ent, always thrilling show.
Indio,
California, is the setting forthe International Date Festival — avery unique fair featuring such NearEast flavored events as camel racesand a nightly Arabian Nights pageant.If your February travels find you inthe Palm Desert vicinity, stop by the
Desert Magazine
Pueblo to view themonth-long Marjorie Reed (rememberlast month's beautiful back cover?)art exhibit. The admission-free galleryis open seven days a week during thewinter season—from 9 to 5.
ARIZONA
January 30-February 1 Parada delSol, Scottsdale.January 31-February 8 — Expositionof Modern Living, ExhibitingHomes, Sports, Boats, Foods. ParkCentral, Phoenix.February
1—Annual
Buffalo Barbe-
cue,
shooting demonstrations, arch-ery, world champion vermin callingcontest, Chandler.February 1 Black Canyon SaddleClub Gymkhana, Phoenix.February 2-15 — Contemporary Ari-zona Art Exhibit, Tucson.February 5-8 — $17,500 Open GolfTournament, Phoenix.February 7-8—Junior World Cham-pionship Rodeo, Rodeo Grounds,six miles east of Mesa on Highway
70.
February 7-8—11th Annual All-West-ern Stampede, Phoenix.February 8 — Desert Sun RanchersRodeo, Wickenburg.February 8—Dons Club Trek to Ray-Hayden Copper Mines, from Phoe-nix.February 10-22 — Arizona WeaversGuild Annual Show, Heard Muse-um, Phoenix.
1959
SCENIC FAST WATERFLOAT TRIPS ON THESAN JUAN RIVER, GRANDCANYON, RIVER OF NORETURN. HELL'S CANYON
Mexican
Hat
ExpeditionsMexican
Hat,
Utah
GLEN CAN^C^N FLOAT AND POWER TMAY THROUGH SEPTEMBERExplore and photograph this wonderful canyon,soon to be covered bv rising lake waters.Mexican Hat's
GLEH CANYON BOATIM,
Inc.
WHITE CANYON, UTAH
February 11-15—Third Annual SportShow, Arizona Game ProtectiveAss'n, State Fairgrounds, Phoenix.February 12-15—Open Golf Tourna-ment, Tucson.February 13-15—Dons Club Bus Tourto Hopi Villages, Petrified ForestNational Monument, from Phoenix.February 13-15 — Gold Rush Days,Wickenburg.February 14-15—Jaycee Silver SpurRodeo, Yuma.February 19-22 World Champion-ship Rodeo, Fiesta de los Vaqueros.Parade on 19th, Square Dance on20th. Tucson.February 20-21 — Great SouthwestSquare Dance Festival, Phoenix.February 21-22—Dons Club Super-stition Mountain Overnight Hike.February 21-22 — 4th Annual All-Arabian Horse Show, Paradise Park,Scottsdale.February 22-March
1—Cactus
Show,Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix.February 28—Arizona Pekingese ClubDog Show, Phoenix.February 28 — Desert Sun RanchersRodeo, Wickenburg.February 28-March
1—Sheriff's
PosseRodeo, Chandler.
CALIFORNIA
February 5-8—19th Annual ImperialValley Tomato Festival, Niland.February 7-8—19th Annual Rodeo,Parade on morning of 7th, PalmSprings.February 7-8 — 2nd Annual Ridge-runners Jeep Cruise, assemble atTruckhaven.February 14-23 — Riverside CountyFair and National Date Festival,Parade on 22nd, Indio.February 18-22—Whiskey Flat Days,Kernville.February 19-22—12th Annual CarrotCarnival, Holtville.Month of February Marjorie ReedArt Exhibit,
Desert Magazine
Gal-lery, Palm Desert.
NEW MEXICO
February 2 — Candlemas Day Cere-monial Dances at San Felipe, Co-chiti and Santo Domingo pueblos.February 9-15—Southwest LivestockShow and Rodeo, El Paso (Texas).February 19-23—All American AutoShow, Albuquerque.February 21-22 — Rocky MountainDown Hill Slalom, Taos Ski Valley.
UTAH
February 12-14 — Jaycee Snow CupRace, Salt Lake City.
 
Publisher's Notes
It is interesting to me that manyof our readers are not aware of thearea that
Desert Magazine
covers.Briefly,
Desert
defines its "beat" asNew Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, south-ern Utah, and the desertland of Cali-fornia. We also consider Baja Cali-fornia and Sonora, in Mexico, as ourfield.And just for a change of pace, wetake a big-brother look this monthat the smallest desert patch in theUnited States, the displaced, postage-stamp Desert of Maine.* * *A short report on the Reader Ques-tionnaire that we sent out recently isalso included in this month's
DesertMagazine.
I think that one of themost heartening facts to come out ofthe survey was the high return ofanswers. Forty-seven per cent ofthose receiving the questionnaire tookthe time and trouble to fill out theform and send it to
Desert.
No pub-lisher in America has a more loyaland cooperative family of readers!Postal rates for second class mail(which include magazines) went upanother 10 percent the first of theyear. This is a part of the PostOffice Department's three-year pro-gram to increase second class mailcharges by about one-third over the1956 rates. And only last monthPresident Eisenhower announced thathe favors even further and higherboosts in the postal rates.* * *Our Desert Southwest covers aboutone-fifth of the "original" 48 states,and is a vast and fast-growing region,leading the nation in percentagegrowth populationwise.Covering the many activities andstories of the Southwest is becomingincreasingly difficult. As all maga-zines do, we are constantly lookingfor new authors, photographers andideas. Most of our material is sub-mitted by free-lancers, professionaland amateur. Though we can acceptless than one of 10 that is sent us,we always welcome contributions.* * *The first of our series of wild-flower reports for 1959 starts thismonth.
Desert Magazine
has manyvolunteer "spotters" all over theSouthwest; they send us their esti-mates of Mother Nature's floralmoods—and we print the predictions,hoping that a cold snap, or a heatwave, or a sandstorm won't alter ourreport too drastically.
CHUCK SHELTONABOUT
THE
COVER
.
. .
. . . This is all that remains of the JohnS. Cooke bank building in Rhyolite, Nevada(see next page), a $90,000 monument tothe everlasting hopefulness of the goldboomers. This hardy breed rushed to thenew strikes, mined the ore, promoted themines, built cities and paved streets, cele-brated each new high-grade discovery. But,unlike raising cattle or wheat which multi-ply themselves, there's only so much goldin a district. When it is removed, the newtown's excuse for being also is removed.Then the ghost town is born. Cover pho-tographer is Carlos Elmer of China Lake,
Calif.
Volume 22FEBRUARY, 1959Number 2COVER
Rhyolite Ruins, by CARLOS ELMER
CALENDAR
February events in the Southwest 2
GHOST TOWN
Ghost Town Dwellers, by NELL MURBARGER . 4
TRUE OR FALSE
A test of your desert knowledge 8
WILDFLOWERS
Flowering predictions for February 8
DEVELOPMENT
Progress at Glen Canyon DamBy THELMA BONNEY HALL 9
GEOGRAPHY
New England's New DesertBy PAULINE SUTHERLAND 10
EDUCATION
They Learn About the Desert—In Palm SpringsBy RANDALL HENDERSON 12
LETTERS
Comment from Desert's readers 14
PHOTOGRAPHY
Rockhounding With A CameraBy HENRY P. CHAPMAN 15
NATURE
El Burro, by EDMUND C. JAEGER ..... 16
HISTORY
He Sailed Into the Unknown Rio ColoradoBy EUGENE L CONROTTO 18
CRAFTS
Navajo Slave BlanketBy JOSEPH H. TOULOUSE, JR 22
FICTION
Hard Rock Shorty of Death Valley 24
POETRY
Desert Path in Spring and other poems . ... 25
SURVEY
Report from the Reader 26
RECREATION
Lure of the SaltonBy MIRIAM R. ANDERSON 27
BOTANY
Trees-that-look-like-srnokeBy BLAIR CHAMBERLIN . - 29
NEWS NOTES
From the Southwest 30
MINING
Current news of desert mines 33
HOBBY
Gems and Minerals 36
CLOSE-UPS
About those who write for Desert 38
LAPIDARY
Amateur Gem Cutter, by DR. H. C. DAKE . . 39
BOOKS
Reviews of Southwestern literature 41
COMMENT
Just Between You and Me, by the Editor .' . . 42.
PHOTOGRAPHY
Picture of the Month 43
BACK COVER
Chimayo Weaver, by WALLACE ANDERSON
The Desert Magazine is published monthly by Desert Magazine. Inc.. Palm Desert,California. Re-entered as second class matter July 17. 1948. at the postoffice at Palm Desert,California, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Title registered No. 338865 in U. S. Patent Office.and contents copyrighted 1959 by Desert Magazine, Inc. Permission to reproduce contentsmust be secured from the editor in writing.CHARLES E. SHELTON, Publisher RANDALL HENDERSON, EditorEUGENE L. CONROTTO, Associate Editor EVONNE RIDDELL, Circulation ManagerUnsolicited manuscripts and photographs submitted cannot be returned or acknowledgedunless full return postage is enciosed. Desert Magazine assumes no responsibility fordamage or loss of manuscripts or photographs although due care will be exercised. Sub-scribers should send notice of change of address by the first of the month preceding issue.SUBSCRIPTION RATESOne Year S4.00 Two Years S7.00Canadian Subscriptions 25c Eixtra. Foreign 50c ExtraSubscriptions to Army Personnel Outside U. S. A. Must Be Mailed in Conformity With
P.
O. D. Order No. 19687Address Correspondence to Desert Magazine. Palm Desert. California
FEBRUARY, 1959

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