Mural #2 - Early Life at the Oasis of Mara
Artists: Ron Croci of Honolulu, Hawaii and Robert Caughlan III of San Francisco.
Dedicated: March 25, 1995
Size: 17’ x 80’
Location: 73777 29 Palms Highway at the corner of National Park Drive (29 Palms Liquors).
The life-giving waters of this lush palm oasis provided much-needed sustenance for early Native Americans, Serrano and Chemehuevi, and settlers of the hi-desert. It is still considered the original heart of Twentynine Palms, and its famous Washingtonia filifera fan palms were the source of the city’s name. In this rendering, Cahuilla Indians gather and work in and near the water. A Cahuilla woman offers the exquisite baskets for which the tribe was known, and the first surveyor Colonel Henry Washington and his assistant conduct a desert survey in 1855.