Joseph W. Zarki is a retired park ranger and a 25 year resident of California desert. He has visited many of the places and met some of the people whose stories are told here. numerous museums, public archives, and private collections were instrumental in the development of this book and are mentioned in the acknowledgements page. The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that share the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.