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[*] posted on 10-20-2015 at 08:48 AM


A reminder to old (and new) Nomads about some fantastic resources of information and reading entertainment are in these many editions of Desert Magazine...

Also, if we have missed any Baja articles or news in this list, please let me know and it will be added.

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[*] posted on 10-20-2015 at 04:11 PM


Thanks for making these magazines available to us, David. I used to read Desert Magazine when I was a kid in the '40's and '50's. Now I can go back and read the Baja ones again.
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[*] posted on 10-20-2015 at 11:11 PM


Baja Nomad 'dezertmag' and rejoined as 'dzeertmag2' did the work, as well as another Desert Fan.

I loved them as well, but more in the '60's and '70's (along with Four Wheeler Magazine)!


It was great to meet the Editor/ publisher/ owner of Desert Magazine of much of the 60's, as well!



I made a website to house many of the photos she took or had from her Baja expeditions: http://vivabaja.com/choralpepper

Here was Choral listening to the great mystery writer and creator of Perry Mason, Erle Stanley Gardner, sitting around a Baja campfire. Baja was a great escape from the demands of Hollywood for Gardner, and he loved solving mysteries... using all the people, special off road vehicles and helicopters to accomplish the mission!




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[*] posted on 12-2-2015 at 04:06 PM


Please enjoy the great resources here to enjoy Baja back to the 1930's!

A new article about Choral Pepper was published today by Baja Bound: http://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/choral_pe...




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[*] posted on 12-9-2015 at 10:15 AM
FOUND ONE!


February 1949 on page 25:
"We Found a Cave of Lost Art"
Giant cave site found by well-known photographer Ed Davis.

It is a familiar cave site and now we can see how they looked in 1949!




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[*] posted on 12-9-2015 at 12:30 PM


San Baltazar range?



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[*] posted on 9-24-2017 at 09:40 AM


Just an update to this thread.
The archive of Desert Magazines was not showing several issues in full.
I just came across another archive of old Desert Magazines that appears to be good: http://swdeserts.com/archive%20master%2037%2085.htm for 1937-1985 editions. Plus, this person is selling the entire collection on CD for just ten bucks.

Here is the homepage: http://swdeserts.com/

Another source to read Desert Magazines: https://archive.org/details/desertmagazine

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[*] posted on 9-24-2017 at 09:55 AM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Just an update to this thread.
The archive of Desert Magazines was not showing several issues in full.
I just came across another archive of old Desert Magazines that appears to be good: http://swdeserts.com/archive%20master%2037%2085.htm for 1937-1985 editions. Plus, this person is selling the entire collection on CD for just ten bucks.

Here is the homepage: http://swdeserts.com/

[Edited on 9-24-2017 by David K]


Thanks for that link, I just ordered the CD.
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[*] posted on 11-5-2017 at 09:30 AM


It's a two CD set and it's great. I even made chicken and dumplings from a recipe in one magazine.
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[*] posted on 11-5-2017 at 12:50 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Did you get the CD yet? How did it work if you did? Thanks!

I've only glanced at it but it looks good.
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[*] posted on 6-5-2019 at 04:57 PM



Here is a new link to see all the Desert Magazines: https://archive.org/details/desertmagazine

Also, for Harald: the San Baltazar cave is San Borjitas. I recognized the figures since I was just there last month. I then found them in Harry Crosby's book listed as "in a cattle-raising area known as San Baltazar" and goes into much detail.

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[*] posted on 6-5-2019 at 08:51 PM


yes, it is the next rancho up from San Borjitas



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[*] posted on 6-8-2019 at 08:50 AM


What a treasure you have here, David! I read this magazine as a kid in the early '50's, brings back fond memories. Thanks!
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[*] posted on 6-10-2019 at 07:54 AM


Found this ad in a 1958 issue:





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[*] posted on 2-14-2020 at 03:25 PM


The link given to the last magazines printed, under the name American Desert Magazine, is no longer online. Does anyone have a link to the 1991-1993 issues? There are some Baja articles in them.



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[*] posted on 11-26-2020 at 01:22 AM


I made copies of all those magazines (that were available online). Here are the 1990s ones:

19921200--Desert-Magazine--Dec.pdf
19930200--Desert-Magazine--Feb.pdf
19930400--Desert-Magazine--Apr.pdf
19930500--Desert-Magazine--May.pdf
19930900--Desert-Magazine--Sep.pdf

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[*] posted on 11-26-2020 at 10:03 AM


Thank you so much, geoffff!

It is this one: http://octopup.org/img/media/desert-magazine/19930200--Deser...
that has several Baja articles and the photos from our own Pappy Jon here on Nomad, including the cover photo!

I have edited the list with the link inserted.




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[*] posted on 11-1-2021 at 12:33 PM


Thanks to John M for finding another Baja article... the list has been edited to include one in Nov. 1948, The Freak Tree of the Peninsula.



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[*] posted on 2-6-2022 at 07:32 AM
Vaya Con Dios John Grasson of Dezert Magazine & Lost Ship of the Desert fame.


Sad to learn that John was killed in an auto accident. John looked me up many years ago when he wanted to renew Desert Magazine. He saw my Choral Pepper (Desert Magazine editor of the 1960s) web photos and I connected him with Choral's kids. Unsure of any ownership issues with the name Desert Magazine, he altered one letter and published Dezert Magazine for a few issues. John joined Baja Nomad as 'dezertmag' and later rejoined as 'dzeertmag2' when he couldn't get back on using the original password.

John was fascinated with the Lost Shop of the Desert legends and made it a main focus of his Internet activity. John was the first guest guide on the Vikings in the Desert episode of America Unearthed, with Scott Walter, that I was on for the Baja segment at the end.

John lived in Banning and was a salesman in Riverside County.

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