National Geographic : 1957 Nov
Prospector and Burro Cross the Old Plank Road in the Algodones Dunes Completed in 1917, the road was abandoned in the late 1920's when engineers succeeded in laying concrete across the drifting sands. Today the wood weathers and buckles within sight of U. S. Highway 80 (right), east of Holt ville. Ed Rochester, who leads this one-man safari, has given up his lifelong search for gold to concentrate on the "rockhound business." He polishes gem stones at his home in Winterhaven and sells them to collectors (page 723).