"Ghost of a Chance"

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abandoned-homestead-cabin.jpg

"Ghost of a Chance"

175.00

When I look at what’s left of the countless “jackrabbit” homesteads that sit decomposing in the Southern California desert, I can’t help but wonder about the optimism and excitement that must have gone into building them.

Thanks to the Small Tract Act of 1938, the high desert east of Joshua Tree is strewn with abandoned shacks and cabins like the one pictured here. Applicants were allowed to take ownership of up to five acres of “useless” federal land with the stipulation that they erect a small structure within three years. 

The opportunity to acquire cheap acreage in the desert attracted mostly urbanites, many of them working class folks from Los Angeles and quite a few of them women. 

It’s not hard to imagine the spirit of the homesteaders' construction projects or the enthusiasm with which city-dwellers gave up their weekends and vacation time to work on their land, useless though it may have been.

Image measures 10 x 15 inches (16 x 21 inches framed). Professionally printed on metallic paper and custom framed (white mat with black frame). Mat is signed in pencil. 

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