Irwin Ranch / Van Slyke House Petroglyphs

Sun setting in the Mojave…beautiful

According to the “Mojave Road Guide – An Adventure Through Time” by Dennis G. Casebier (a must-have for anyone looking to explore the Old Mojave Road), the original structure was built by the Van Slyke brothers, who were prospectors and miners.  After their house burned, they sold the property to George & Virgina Irwin, who experimented with different crops and raising turkeys.  After two years of battling the Mojave environment and natural predators (coyotes, bobcats, etc.) they gave up and abandoned their homestead.

The ruins they left behind are interesting, as you can see it was in the middle of a prehistoric area for the native inhabitants.  The surrounding land is littered with ancient rock art.  In fact, the remains of the stone house has some of these stones in the construction of their home.

This area is located on the Old Mojave Road, just 1.5 – 2 miles from Fort Piute.

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