THE OLD RIDGECREST HOMESTEAD

We purchased a new Gulfstream 4 bedroom Mobile home, and 3 1/2 acres of desert land near Ridgecrest, California in the early 1970’s.  During the approximately 10 years that we lived there, the boys rode dirt bikes, had a menagerie of animals that included:  1 burro, 2 horses (at different times) 4 dogs, (at different times) 3 goats (at different times) a lamb, Tim’s collection of snakes, tortoises, and hamsters, some cats, a goose, a rooster, a mallard duck with babies, and  a partridge in a pear tree.  In their spare time, all 3 boys graduated from Burroughs high school.

When Mom and Dad moved to Pasadena, Tim bought the homestead, and he lived there for another 10 years.  While Tim lived there, he and his friends built a double garage on the property next to the mobile home, as you can see in the photos below.  These photos were taken just a couple of years ago, and do not do justice to the property when we owned it, because when Tim sold it, the zoning commission made him remove the front porch.  Without the front porch, the mobile home looks pretty crappy.  Of course when we took the pictures below, the mobile home was also 40 years older, so that doesn’t help the looks either.

You will notice in the photos that there appears to be an add-on, in front of the garage.  That’s because there is.  I suspect that the residents that owned the house after Tim left used the garage for rental income, because there are no garage doors on it anymore, just the added section.  Also, if you look at the top photo, it looks like there is a house trailer in the back, so the residents may have even had two rental properties on the 3 1/2 acres. 

Kern County named the dirt road that our mobile home was on “Hard Cash Gulch Road” which we thought sounded stupid, especially for resale value.  We went to Bakersfield and had the name changed legally to “Maturango Street,”  which is a popular name in Ridgecrest because of the Maturango Museum, and was related to our little “Pet-Roglyph” (petroglyph) rock carving business.   

Notice the added section on the front of Tim's garage, and the house trailer behind the mobile home.

The area in the foreground of this photo is where our touch football fileld was. Our burro played football with us here sometimes.

The big white rock in the front yard was for the street address. (1852)

The white address rock can be seen better in this photo.

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One Response to THE OLD RIDGECREST HOMESTEAD

  1. Ralph Mattis says:

    I remember fondly helping Tim put up that garage. None of us had a clue what we were doing, but that didn’t stop Tim. I think he had some plans that we were following, but walking the top of the walls to put up the rafters was a bit scary.

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