Manifesting Giant Rock

Between 65 to 136 million years old, the "Great Stone", a seven story quartz monzonite rock, is said to be the world's largest free-standing boulder. Manifesting Giant Rock, a work in progress, reveals the local history, biographical information on key characters who lived nearby, events at the site, related publications and contemporary audio stories.

Working with the collections of the Morongo Basin Historical Society http://mbhs.net/ and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society and Museum http://www.29palmshistorical.com/;xNLx;the interactive timeline builds on research into Giant Rock begun in 2001, shortly after the mass split apart. Since this time, more information and photographs have become available online. This ongoing project will provide links in the timeline entries and juxtapose these histories with site images, interviews and investigations. Please return to our timeline for audio downloads and new information. If you would like to contribute or offer feedback contact karyl@karylnewman.com.

1861-01-09 04:14:32

Was Giant Rock an Oasis?

Relics have established that people lived in the Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree National Park areas 4,000 to 8,000 years ago. Witnessing the water accumulation in 2017, one wonders if the site may have been a stopping point for traverses to Big Bear or Tehachapi for resident tribes due to availability of water from collected rainfall and via nearby Surprise Springs. Given the physical size, could Giant Rock have been a significantly useful shelter or regarded a as sacred site? Research to answer these questions is ongoing.

1862-05-20 04:14:32

Homestead Act brings settlers to Morongo Basin

Named the "Great Stone' by Indians of the high desert, the site sixteen miles north of highway 62 began to be known as "Giant Rock" by white settlers new to the region.

1870-06-29 01:42:10

Charles Lewis Reche is Born

Charles was born on the Pala Indian Reservation in San Diego County where his father Anthony was the first non-Indian settler and started the first store.

1881-03-12 00:27:00

Willie Boy is Born

A Paiute-Chemehuevi native is born near Pahrump, NV and will lead a mysterious love story in the Morongo Basin.

1886-07-01 00:00:00

Frank M. Critzer is Born

Frank M. Critzer is listed on the 1900 census for Illinois Township, Sumner County, Kansas as the 14 year old son of James and Etta who relocated to Kansas sometime in 1887 from Virginia.

1887-11-08 04:14:32

Charley Lewis Reche visits Warren's Ranch in Morongo Valley

Reche age 17 meets Nellie (Francis Eleanor Warren), daughter to Chuck (Mark's) and Sylvia Paine, who would become his wife on January 13, 1896.

1895-01-01 00:00:00

Charley and Nellie Reche arrive in Homestead Valley

Nellie and Charley lay claim to a homestead 16 miles north of Warren's Well in what will later be known as Landers.

1909-03-12 00:27:00

Clara True and Maude Russell visit 29 Palms

Working for the US Indian Service Bureau's Banning office, Clara and Maude made two trips to the Oasis of Mara in 1909 and 1910.

1909-09-26 00:00:00

Willie Boy - The West's Last Famous Manhunt

While working as a foreman of the Desert Queen Mine in JTNP, Charley Reche joined the posse hunting down Willie Boy.

1910-03-12 00:27:00

George Van Tassel is Born

In Jefferson, Ohio.

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