Wonder Valley, California, in the heart of the Mojave Desert, is a rural community of artists, musicians, and other desert dwellers. Visit the Palms Restaurant, the Glass Outhouse Gallery, and the Wonder Valley Community Center. Visit the beautiful Pinto and Bullion mountains. Minutes from Joshua Tree National Park and the Gateway to the Mojave Preserve.
Pat Rimmington, a volunteer at the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, came to nearby Wonder Valley today to kick off the community's Legacy Program. The Legacy Program is an attempt to encourage community members to preserve Wonder Valley's history and culture by scanning to an online photo album, and by donating original historic materials to the Twentynine Palms Historical Society.
Pat told the small group of attendees the story of how Wonder Valley got its name. Residents then, as now, were given to naming their properties. One property that sat where the fire station now sits was named "Wonder Valley." That name stuck. A nearby property was name Calloused Palms and that very well could have become our name it cooler heads had not prevailed. Just think of it -- Calloused Palms Olive Oil -- nope, it just doesn't have the same ring to it.