The Mojave National Preserve Artists Foundation needs your help to raise $25,000.00 to rehab the historic O.X. Ranch House. Once completed the house will become the permanent housing solution for the Artist in Residence program within Mojave National Preserve. Your donation is tax-deductible and will be used to rehab the kitchen, bathroom and living spaces. Watch our film for more info and Donate today!
Mojave National Preserve does not have a permanent residence for its artists as many of our other national parks do. Currently, artists camp or stay at the California Desert Studies Center near Baker CA or use one of the hotels in Primm, NV. Artists often drive 70 miles or more round trip to work in various areas of Mojave National Preserve, a 2400 square mile park, (twice the size of Rhode Island). Consequently, they trade windshield time for creative time, consuming fuel and creating a carbon footprint larger than necessary.
The OX Ranch Solution
The OX Ranch, which located in the middle of Mojave National Preserve, is a great housing solution. The headquarters ranch home has water and power and can be reached with a two-wheel drive vehicle most of the year via an improved dirt road. While the two-bedroom facility is in sound condition, it is need of repairs before we can occupy the site. Thus the Mojave National Preserve Artist Foundation (MNPAF) is raising $25,000 for an online campaign and through personal outreach. While we have obtained commitments for some equipment and appliances, we still need volunteers for painting, landscape repair, and skilled trades. Cash raised is for specific hardware and trade work.
An Iconic Western Heritage Home
The OX is an iconic location that is at the heart of our Western American Heritage. Founded in 1894 as the Rock Springs Land & Cattle Company by George Briggs and LeRoy Blackburn the ranch grazed at times, more than 10,000 cattle on a fifty-square-mile fenceless range.
A massive drought from 1920 to 1928 contributed to changes in the Mojave. The Rock Springs Land & Cattle Company dissolved under the drought pressure, and most of the cattle had perished on the range, but the remainder were rounded up and sold in urban markets. In September 1928, the Nevada part of the Rock Springs range was sold and the rest of the California lands sold to a group headed by Claud Halsell, Sr., who took complete control within a year of the ranch they called the OX. The Ranch continued in operation with various owners until it came under the National Park Service in the late 90’s and has been used for several National Park Service Housing purposes. Today this great ranch house with its rich heritage is available for the arts, and the Artists in Residence program.
Every dollar counts! And remember this is a tax-deductible contribution!
Let’s Do This
We all know that One Person can’t do everything. But we also know that Everyone can do something. And we all know how great we feel when we contribute to something far bigger then ourselves. The part you play, large or small, on the OX Ranch Team is immensely important. Will you give a gift—of any amount—to the Mojave National Preserve Foundation OX Fund? Will you share your skills and labor to save the OX and advance the arts in Mojave National Preserve?
Thank you for the part you play. Make your gift today. Donate now.
$2,500.00 donation or more— Enjoy a private 2-day tour of Mojave National Preserve. Spend time with an MNPAF representative who has intimate knowledge of the Preserve at the O.X. Ranch, explore old mines and see the desert backcountry. Those in this category will also have their name included on a supports plaque at the OX Ranch House.
$1,000.00 donation — Choose an image from any our former Artists in Residence as a print or lithograph. It is a signed 17X22 print in a museum quality ready to hang black frame with a Certificate of Authenticity.
$500.00 donation — Choose an unframed 17x22 signed print or lithograph from any of our artists with a Certificate of Authenticity.
$100.00 donation— We will send you a limited edition 8x10 print of the OX Ranch.
$75.00 donation— Limited Edition MNPAF Tee shirt. “I Saved The OX Ranch”
$25.00 donation— We will send you a set of 4 artists note cards.