THE JACKRABBIT HOMESTEAD AUDIO TOUR is a self-guided car audio tour of Wonder Valley, California—a Small Tracts settlement located east of Twentynine Palms near Joshua Tree National Park. To experience the tour while driving, please download the entire 33.25 podcast program below to a mobile device or CD. A downloadable driving map is available to guide you along the route. A mobile version of the tour is available at this link: http://snd.sc/XHJ27v.
TRACK ONE: Pat Rimmington, local historian
Pat Rimmington, a local historian from Twentynine Palms discusses the origins of jackrabbit jomesteading throughout the Morongo Basin area. Pat has served as president of the Twentynine Palms Historical Society and is a longtime resident of Morongo Basin. Credits: “Can't Go Back,” © Lee Jeffriess 2009.
TRACK TWO: Jacob Sowers, cultural geographer
Jacob Sowers is an assistant professor of geography at Minot State University. Sowers discusses his doctoral research concerning jackrabbit homesteading in this segment. Jacob’s relatives are Wonder Valley residents so Sower's connection to this landscape is also a personal one. Credits: Music from Freedom Highway, Part I (1956) and Conquering Roads (1937) both soundtracks provided by the Prelinger Archives.
- Listen to Jacob discussing his research in JRHS Stories.
- Read Sower's essay, Wonder Valley: Place and Paradox.
TRACK THREE: Chris Carraher, artist
Chris Carraher is a Wonder Valley resident and area artist who has referenced the homestead cabins as a subject in several bodies of work. Chris discusses her community, the notion of property ownership and what makes this area unique. Credits: “Bohemia,” composed by Claire Diterzi, from original soundtrack of “Requiem for Billy the Kid” a film by Anne Feinsilber. © & (p) Cargo Films 2006—exclusive license Naïve.
- Listen to Chris discussing her work in JRHS Stories.
- Read the transcription of Carraher's presentation, Home: Finding Our Place.
TRACK FOUR: Andrea Zittel, artist
Andrea Zittel is a Joshua Tree resident and internationally recognized artist who co-directs the High Desert Test Sites. Andrea talks about her first encounter with the homesteading cabins and why the shacks inspired her to move to the Morongo Basin. Credits: “Deserte Moi,” © Olivier Hermitant 2009.
TRACK FIVE: Stephanie Smith, architect, Jonathan Odom, student
Stephanie Smith is the director of Ecoshack, an experimental design lab located in Joshua Tree. Stephanie discusses how the homesteading cabins inform sustainable architecture and green design. Jonathan Odom, a SCI-Arc student who participated in Smith’s Architecture Unplugged design course talks about his project prototype at Ecoshack in Joshua Tree in 2008. Credits: “Steve in Car,” composed by Claire Diterzi, from original soundtrack of “Requiem for Billy the Kid” a film by Anne Feinsilber. © & (p) Cargo Films 2006—exclusive license Naïve.
TRACK SIX: Andrea Zittel, Chris Carraher, Pat Rimmington
In this concluding track, Andrea Zittel and Chris Carraher discuss Shack Attack—a now defunct federally funded program developed to eradicate the abandoned shacks throughout the Morongo Basin region. Chris shares how Shack Attack helped to foster the creation of the Wonder Valley Homestead Cabin Festival, which she is co-director. Closing comments by Pat Rimmington. Credits: “Can't Go Back,” © Lee Jeffriess 2009.
BONUS TRACK: Tim Easton, musician
The High Desert is home to a diverse group of talented musicians including (formerly) Joshua Tree-based singer/songwriter, Tim Easton who performs a song written by singer/songwriter, Evan Phillips. Phillips’ version of his song is available on the ESP One for the Ditch CD—a collaboration between Easton, Phillips, and Leeroy Stagger. Credits: “Goodbye Blues,” performed by Tim Easton. Written by Evan Phillips. © Easton/Phillips 2009.