National Geographic : 1954 Jun
The aJ iA of the Changing Desert 817 National Geographic Photographer J. Baylor Roberts In the Barren Mojave Desert Man-made Oases Bloom in the Burning Sun Residents of Apple Valley, 70 miles northeast of Los Angeles, need not pray for rain. Eight years ago engineers discovered a large reservoir beneath the desert crust; today wells tap a generous supply of ground water. Prize cattle graze in fields turned green almost overnight; alfalfa, corn, and truck gardens flourish; attractive ranch-type homes dot the once-arid valley. This comfortable inn with its Joshua tree serves as the community's social center.