Desert Gold Mining Days


Terry Waite of Twentynine Palms, CA & John Whytock of Joshua Tree, CA


February 21, 1998


6455 Mesquite Avenue.
Prospectors Oran Booth and Bill Keys were an active part of desert gold mining in the 1900's. Oran Booth arrived in 1928 and filed a claim on the site that became the Wall Street Mill, prospected in Gold Park, and later worked the Paymaster Mine, a gift from his friend Keys. In 1933, he filed on the 80-acre homestead pictured in this mural. Bill Keys, who arrived in 1910, established more than 30 mining claims in the area that is now Joshua Tree National Park.
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