Two years after Bonnie Springs Ranch was razzed to the ground, there is still zero development going on there as you can see in the photos I took yesterday. Maybe that’s a good thing in the sense that a housing subdivision was supposed to be built here. At least from a distance, the area looks somewhat natural.
I did manage ten very cold miles on the bicycle today but that’s enough until next Monday when the temperature is supposed to hit 70 and higher next week.
On that note, it’s a bit amazing to me how many drivers are courteous toward we bikers, then there’s that element that doesn’t give a shit about the safety of bikers and proceed to cut you off very close. Those asswipes get the magic finger and some choice words.
The building in the photo was the main building at Bonnie Springs Ranch. Beyond the building were several attractions, one of which was supposedly haunted. Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures fame did an investigation of the building. And Mr. Wild Donkey was happy to pose for me, such handsome animals aren’t they? Sunshine and 79F degrees today, nice!
These pics are from three years ago in Calico Basin and the now destroyed Bonnie Springs Ranch. I no longer have those boob cups, it felt weird having them around the house and they aren’t easy to drink beer from! 😂🍺
Where the wonderful Bonnie Springs Ranch once stood at the end of Bonnie Springs Road, this is the view that greets you today. The attractions, restaurant, and more were located directly ahead. Now it’s dead. The sign that I blurred has contact numbers that nobody needs to have. The other photos were taken between the fence and Charleston Boulevard to the east of my location. I just love these beautiful Joshua trees!
If you have followed this site long enough then you will know about my dislike of property developers. Whoever this company is, they have destroyed what was once a wonderful place for families and couples to enjoy.
The other side is that the owners of the ranch must have been in deep financial trouble and saw their way out of them with the property developers’ purchase offer. Such a wonderfully vicious little circle, right? I have plenty of photographs of this ranch but this little engine is a favorite.
It pulled several small cars that would shuttle patrons from the parking areas to the main attractions. The engine was powered by a simple gas engine that sounded like a Briggs and Stratton lawnmower engine.
To pull that much weight though, the engine must have been coupled to a gearing system that would increase the amount of torque for the little engine to pull the extra weight. The grayscale version was made this morning.
Here are two older photos for you, the donkey is likely hanging out just outside of Las Vegas to the west around the Red Rock Canyon area. The Pioneer Saloon is in Goodsprings, Nevada. You can read more about the history of our wild donkeys here.
If you’ve followed this site long enough then you’ll already know of my disdain for the leveling of this wonderful place. These birds are so beautiful, aren’t they! Thanks very much, you damned land developers.
Here’s a photo that became an oops photo because the duck lit off just as I snapped the photo. Mr. Duck here lived at a wonderful pond at Bonnie Springs Ranch which has now been demolished. Poor duck, there are man-made lakes around the city though, easily within flight distance for him of course! Now get quackin’!
Last eve I was having a cold one in the backyard and noticed this very large white angel, flying so high over the Mojave Desert. Do you believe in angels? I sure do! The other photo was taken two days ago near Bonnie Springs Ranch, or what’s left of it. I think another ride into the desert is in order, and soon!