The 2017 Memorial Day weekend in Yucca Valley has a historical event 67 years old and counting, if you have the chance it is well worth the visit.

According to The Desert Sun, Number 35, 30 March 1951:

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“Where the muleskinner once cursed his laboring string over the sandy ruts between Banning and the old Virginia Dale mine, and weary prospectors squinted at rock-ribbed hills for color, modern miners are planning to discuss their problems in a three day conference at Yucca Valley. Up Yucca Valley way the Western Mining Council  holds its annual meeting each spring.”

According to the Morongo Basin Historical Society:

“Extensive planning that took place in the year 1950 resulted in the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsoring a community celebration called “Grubstake Days” The first official Grubstake Days was held April 5-8″ 1951. J.P. Hall, publisher of the California Mining Journal and a Yucca Valley property owner, made arrangements with the California Mining Council to hold its annual meeting there” The Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of President Julie Boldizar, went into action and started a town celebration, which would be held in honor of the California Mining Council and the visiting miners.  The chamber also wanted to give recognition to the early mining background of the Morongo Basin.”

Entertainment planned to keep the 300 to 400 visiting miners amused included: a tour of the Joshua Tree National Monument, a ham dinner at the Country Club, viewing “Histstory of Gold Mining in California, movie, children’s events, and a “Big Western Parade.

Over the years. the event grew to include a PRCA Rodeo, gold panning. food court,  carnival, demolition derby, vendor fair, entertainment.”

Over the years Grubstake Days has waxed and waned as far as events and attendance but in 2016 and this year in 2017 it has been rejuvenated with a Rodeo, Carnival, Parade, Dance and many other activities.

You can visit the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities for other attractions and events to see in and around the area.

Or visit my blog site, The Mojo on the Mojave for interesting things to see in the local Mojave Desert.

If you want to be a part of this 67 year historical event check out the poster below and stop by Yucca Valley Memorial Day Weekend and enjoy the activities.

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Grubstake Days 2017
Grubstake Days 2017

 

 

 

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For the purposes of this blog I call myself Mojave because of my love for the Mojave Desert. I have lived in the Yucca Valley area of the Hi-Desert since 1976, I have always loved our Mojave Desert. My appreciation for the Mojave has grown even more over the years. I am a Career & Technical Education teacher and coordinator at the high school level as well as a part-time college instructor. I also served on the Town of Yucca Valley Planning Commission for 5 years and am a current Town Councilman. In my spare time I enjoy researching desert facts, exploring the desert, geocaching and enjoying the many animals that keep my wife and I very busy.

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