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Legend of Tahquitz – Chris Warack Version

The Rock —- TAHQUITZ!  Many stories, tales and legends are told about this this rock.  Tonight I share with you the true story of Tahquitz. Many years ago, the Soboba Indians lived in this valley, and called our camp their home.  The Soboba’s lived in peace and were prosperous.  They had no enimies (sic), and … Read more

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Legend of Tahquitz – Jim Fairchild Version

The Cahuilla Indians believe that Tahquitz, a devil-spirit, lives in these San Jacinto mountains, and has evil powers.  He likes to make strange noises and groans to terrorize the people.  He possesses unique abilities to assume all kinds of disguises and to entice men, women, and children to his cavern as slaves.  Worse yet, sometimes … Read more

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1990 Philmont Trek

PSR Itinerary Day 1 – August 2:  Six-Mile Gate to McBride Canyon Day 2 – August 3:  McBride Canyon to Dan Beard (stopped in Indian Writings) Day 3 – August 4: Day 4 – August 5: Day 5 – August 6: Day 6 – August 7: Day 7 – August 8: Day 8 – August … Read more

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Camp Emerson Archive

Camp Emerson1920 – PresentIdyllwild, California Legend Of Tahquitz Jim Fairchild Version (Possible 1920s, Published 1994) Chris Warack Version (1980 – 1981) Tahquitz Canyon version (Non-BSA) BSA Pages tmschultzeT.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He … Read more

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Pre-OA Societies In The Inland Empire

Note: This page is being deprecated in favor of the Non-OA Society page listed on my Area4History website. Many know that the current Cahuilla Lodge, which comprises the entirety of Southern California, is made up of several predecessor Lodges. Navajo Lodge # 98 formed in 1937 and the San Bernardino County portion of the Lodge … Read more

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Camp Arataba Archive

Camp Arataba Named after Chief Irataba of the Mojave Nation. At the conclusion of each week of summer camping at Arataba, a pained plaster casting of “Chief Arataba” was given to the Troop with the highest cumulative score. The 1965 Camp Helendade patch was taken directly from the plaster casting. There was a massive mound … Read more

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Camp Helendade Archive

Camp Helendade began it’s life as Camp Running Springs. The land was donated to the Arrowhead Area Council by Helen and Dade Davis after AAC chose not to renew their lease with the USFS after a fire burned property and structures at Camp Arataba in 1960. The Firebird was an apt logo for the camp, … Read more