Oasis of Murals

The Oasis of Murals in Twentynine Palms, California, was started in 1994 by a local Merchants Committee, which became the non-profit Action Council for 29 Palms, Inc., in 1995. By 2014, they had commissioned 26 outdoor murals, illustrating the colorful history of Twentynine Palms and portraying the flora and fauna of the Mojave Desert and neighboring Joshua Tree National Park. The murals helped to spawn a renaissance in the community, creating new art events and art venues, attracting artists, and restoring a sense of community pride. Mural brochures and the Oasis of Murals book are available at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Art Gallery.

Oasis of Murals Brochure (pdf download)

Visit the murals website at: www.action29palmsmurals.com

29 Palms Oasis of Murals

Mural 1

Bill & Francis Keys, Desert Queen Ranch by Dan Sawatzky, 1995.
(Mural and building removed 2011)

Mural 2

Early Oasis of Mara by Ron Croci & Robert Caughlan III, 1995, 29 Palms Liquor, 73777 29 Palms Hwy.

Mural 3

Dr. James B. Luckie, Father of Twentynine Palms, by Don Gray, 1995, Eye Care Clinic, 6175 Adobe Road.

Mural 4

Our Neighbors in Nature by Larry & Nancy Eifert, 1995, Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce at Bucklin Park, 73484 29 Palms Hwy. (Removed in 2006, replaced by Mural #21)

Mural 5

Desert Storm Homecoming & Victory Parade by Chuck Caplinger, 1995, Desert Cycle Works, 6177 Adobe Road.

Mural 6

Jack Cones, Flying Constable by Tim O’Connor, 1996, Cowboy Attic, 6308 Adobe Road.

Mural 7

The Dirty Sock Camp by John Whytock, 1996, 29 Palms Thrift, 73911 29 Palms Hwy.

Mural 8

William & Elizabeth Campbell by Richard Wyatt, 1996, 29 Palms Realty, 74017 29 Palms Hwy.

Mural 9

Johnnie Hastie, 29 Palms Stage by Tim O’Connor, 1997,
Stellar Performance Automotive, 73339 29 Palms Hwy.

Mural 10

Frank & Helen Bagley, The Bagley Store, by Dan & Janis Sawatzky, 1997, Historic Plaza.

Mural 11

Bill & Prudie Underhill, The Desert Trail, by Susan Smith Evans, 1997, The Desert Trail, 6396 Adobe Road.

Mural 12

Desert Gold Mining Days, 3-D mural by Terry Waite & John Whytock, 1998, Joshua Park Mining Town, 6455 Mesquite Avenue.

Mural 13

Flash Flood by Art Mortimer, 1998, 6248 Adobe Road.

Mural 14

Desert Wildlife by Chuck Caplinger, 1999, Smoketree Bldg., 72252 29 Palms Hwy. (Removed in 2007, replaced by Lizard & Roadrunner, seen in the header above)

Mural 15

Desert Wildflowers by Dan Kelly, 2000, Hart’s Furniture, 73617 29 Palms Hwy.

Mural 16

Valentine’s Day by John Pugh, 2000, Cowboy Attic, 6308 Adobe Road, north wall.

Mural 17

The Sun Rises by Richard Wyatt, 2001, Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road.

Mural 18

29 Palms Boys Basketball Tournament by Art Mortimer & Mural-In-A-Day team, 2002, Luckie Park, Racquetball Courts at Joe Davis Drive & Luckie Avenue.

Mural 19

Good Times at Smith’s Ranch by Tim O’Connor, 2002, 6298 Adobe Road.

Mural 20

Operation Iraqi Freedom by Don Gray, 2004, 6464 Adobe Road.

Mural 21

Our Neighbors in Nature II by Larry & Nancy Eifert, 2006, Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce at Bucklin Park, 73484 29 Palms Hwy.

Mural 22

Battle of the Bell by Art Mortimer & Mural-In-A-Day team, 2007, Twentynine Palms High School, Mesquite Springs Road at Wildcat Way.

Mural 23

Spirit of Mara, Makoto Hashigami, 2008, 29 Palms Inn, 73950 Inn Avenue off National Park Drive.

Mural 24

29 Palms Skateboard Park by Cristian S. Aluas, 2008, Luckie Park at Joe Davis Drive.

Mural 25

Keys’ Desert Queen Ranch II by Art Mortimer & Mural-In-A-Weekend team, 2013, 6348 Adobe Road.

Mural 26

20th Anniversary of Joshua Tree National Park and California Desert Protection Act by Chuck Caplinger & Art Mortimer, 2014, Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive at Cottonwood Drive.

Top bar: Roadrunner (“Dipsosaurus dorsalis”) and Lizard (“Grococcyx californianus”) murals by Chuck Caplinger, 2007, Smoketree Building and Farmers Insurance office, 72252 29 Palms Hwy.