Sunday, July 31, 2011
Our weather has continued to be cooler and more humid than normal. So once again, we headed into the park early one morning this week and finished our hike to the Wall Street Mill. This car resides en route, as does the windmill below.
The mill was operated by William F. Keys, who lived on nearby Keys Ranch from pre-1930 until his death in 1969--aside from a stint off-ranch in jail. In an infamous incident, he shot and killed his neighbor Worth Bagley over a dispute regarding a road. (Bagley fired the first shot and missed). Keys served over 5 years of a 10-year sentence before he was released, eventually receiving a full pardon. Erle Stanley Gardner, author of the Perry Mason novels, was instrumental in obtaining Keys' release. Here's the grave that marks where Bagley fell.
The two-stamp mill is a complete gold ore crushing mill with late nineteenth-century machinery. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Lizards like it, too.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
But the pots aren't the big draw of this exhibition, by a long shot. The big draw is the DeSoto Conquest, a fictional model that is sitting in the atrium of the museum. Lewis deSoto took a Chrysler New Yorker and modified it to represent a modern version of the conqueror's white war horse. There are some great details, like the conquistador's head on the steering wheel.
The car is on exhibit until mid-September; the rest of the exhibit stays up until December. (All photos in this post are by Lewis deSoto except for the brochure cover and the telescope, which are by Evelyn Trejo.)
Saturday, July 2, 2011
In the art collections, my favorite things were the portrait gallery (where Blue Boy, Pinkie and their cohorts are hanging--the young aristocrats of yesteryear); the John Frame exhibit, "Three Fragments of a Lost Tale" (exhibit now over, but catalog available at amazon.com); and Frame's selections from the library's William Blake collection, tucked away in a small room on the top floor of the art building.