How did Twentynine Palms happen? ROP Broadcasting student Gary Leazer tells us…
The first recorded exploration of Twentynine Palms was made in 1855 by Colonel Henry Washington. Twentynine Palms was named for the palm trees found there by Washington while surveying the San Bernardino base line. After the First World War, many veterans returned to their homes suffering from tuberculosis and the effects of the mustard gas that had been used in combat. Dr. James B. Luckie treated many of these men and in the 1920s began to search for an area in the California desert that would provide a beneficial environment for people afflicted with respiratory and heart ailments. After visiting many places, he chose Twentynine Palms because it had a moderate elevation and clean dry air, as well as being accessible to large cities. And that’s how 29 came to be, according to 29palms.org.
Reporting for Z107.7 news I am ROP Broadcasting student Gary Leazer.