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U.S. History Topics » States & Regions » California

Keys Ranch: Where Time Stood Still

tells the story of Bill Keys, whose ranch was the center of a desert network of homesteaders and miners in the early 1900s. At age 15, Keys left his Russian parents' home in Nebraska to work at mills, mines, and cattle ranches. In 1917, he filed on an 80-acre homestead under the Homestead Act and began building the ranch. To support his family, he raised goats, chickens, and cattle; grew fruits and vegetables; and operated a stamp mill. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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The Mojave Desert. (Photo by Rick McIntyre, National Park Service)

The Mojave Desert

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