Mural #9 - Johnnie Hastie and the 29 Palms Stage
Artist: Tim O’Connor of Twentynine Palms, CA
Dedicated: February 15, 1997
Size: 13’ x 32’
Location: 73339 29 Palms Hwy. (Stellar Performance auto shop)
Starting in 1938, Johnnie Hastie provided public transportation from the desert to “down below.” He built his first bus from a used 1928 Chevrolet truck, adding a wooden body, seats for 12 passengers, and a sturdy roof to haul cargo. During winter, a wood-burning stove on board provided warmth. When tires and gas were rationed during WW II, Hastie filled endless shopping requests in Banning, hauling ladies dresses, restaurant and mining supplies, even live chickens.