The Old Schoolhouse Lecture
History and Change on the Old Spanish Trail:
Mountain Springs to Salt Creek by Steve Brown
Friday, December 9 at 7 PM
Mexican pack mule trains, Manifest Destiny, mountain men, horse thieves, and the slave trade– during its brief history, the Old Spanish Trail, which was neither old nor Spanish, had a significant impact on the changing landscape of the West. “History and Change on the Old Spanish Trail: Mountain Springs to Salt Creek” will discuss the Old Spanish Trail, with special attention focused on the section of the trail from Mountain Springs, Nevada, over Emigrant Pass into Tecopa, China Ranch, and south through the Mojave to Salt Creek, the last stop for water before the treacherous Jornada del Muerto. The multimedia presentation will present information on the history of the trail as well as the changing landscape of historical trails, with video presentations from historians and naturalists featured in the PBS/FNX television documentary of the same name. The presentation will be conducted by journalist, historian, and media producer, Steve Brown, who served as writer and producer of the 2021 documentary, produced for the Amargosa Conservancy and the Oregon-California Trails Association with funding from California Humanities. The documentary was recently screened at the Yucca Valley Film Festival and continues to be broadcast nationally on the FNX (First Nations Experience) network.
This event is sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society. The lecture will be held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum at 6760 National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms on Friday, December 9.
Doors open at 6:15 and the lecture begins at 7 pm. The donation for the presentation is $5 paid at the door.
Steve Brown photo by Kevin Marcus.