Champion of the Desert

Champion of the Desert (HM279U)

Location: Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 San Bernardino County
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N 34° 7.726', W 116° 2.246'

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Minerva Hamilton Hoyt was a Pasadena, California gardener and civic leader who loved desert landscapes.
She saw beauty in the desert where others saw an empty wasteland or an opportunity for profit.
Mrs. Hoyt believed that outstanding desert lands should be protected and cherished.
She set out to teach others to see the beauty and uniqueness of desert plants and arid lands.

As a leader in the Garden Club of America, Mrs. Hoyt created a series of successful exhibits about the desert landscapes that she brought to New York, Boston. and London, England.
Moving from education to activism, she founded the International Desert Conservation League in 1930 and set a goal of establishing a national park to protect the rich desert vegetation in the mountains north and east of Palm Springs.

After many setbacks, Mrs. Hoyt, persuaded President Franklin Roosevelt to establish Joshua Tree National Monument through Presidential proclamation on August 10, 1936.

On October 31, 1994 the California Desert Protection Act added 234,000 acres to Joshua Tree and renamed it Joshua Tree National Park.
HM NumberHM279U
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Date Added Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 588758 N 3776851
Decimal Degrees34.12876667, -116.03743333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 7.726', W 116° 2.246'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 7' 43.56" N, 116° 2' 14.76" W
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Area Code(s)760
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6892-6898 Utah Trail, Twentynine Palms CA 92277, US
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