Oral Histories

William F. Keys
William F. Keys, Photograph by Don Leonard, ca. 1958. Joshua Tree National Park, JOTR 40367

Jim Hester came to the area in 1910 as a cowboy for the Swathout Cattle Company. Mr. Hester discusses the cowboy experience and moving cattle through the Joshua Tree area when it was open range.

William F. (Bill) Keys came to the area in 1910 as a miner, spending the rest of his life mining and homesteading the Desert Queen Ranch.

Last updated: August 10, 2023