(Originally posted January 2010)-29 Palms Off Roaders have a wonderful and long history of homesteading and public service. From the very first homesteaders off-roading was a not only a way to get from point A to point B but the only way many could get into the basin. The Off-Road Legacy is heralded in murals through out the town. The first bus service was an off-road excursion.
Starting in 1938, Johnnie Hastie provided public transportation from the desert to “down below.” He built his first bus from a used 1928 Chevrolet truck, adding a wooden body, seats for 12 passengers and a sturdy roof to haul cargo. During winter a stove onboard provided warmth from wood that his passengers had gathered. When tires and gas were rationed during World War II, Johnnie filled endless shopping requests in Banning, hauling ladies dresses, restaurant and mining supplies, even live chickens. He also served as a courier for local businesses until the first bank opened in Twentynine Palms. When Johnnie retired in 1973, he had driven over seven million accident-free miles. This 13- by 32-foot tribute was painted by artist Tim O’Connor of Twentynine Palms at 73339 29 Palms Highway (Superior Automotive). Dedicated: February 15, 1997.
The 29 Community Trails Plan celebrates that long legacy of our founders. We need to get behind this plan and make your voice heard.
It is almost as if these latte licking tie-dye wearing hairy arm pitted left coast refugees have got us defending our lifestyle as if we are are bad guys. Well Ladies and Gentlemen we are not the bad guys. We are the majority, and it is damned time we let the City know.
Write or email your Council and let them know that you will remember how they treat the off road community at the ballot box.
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