|Eastern Mojave Vegetation||Marl Spring, San Bernardino County, California.|
Plaque at Marl Springs reads as follows:
"Pozos de San Juan de Dios
"On March 8, 1776, Fr. Francis Garces, O.P.M., on his most famous journey of over 2,000 miles from Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona, to Mission San Gabriel, rested here and named these waterholes "St. John of God Springs," (Marl Springs), and on the return journey passed through here, May 22, same year.
"Erected by the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God, Saint Mary Desert Valley Hospital, Apple Valley, California, 1972, in cooperation with the San Bernardino County Museum."
Lieutenant A. W. Whipple camped at Marl Springs on March 7-8, 1854. After passing through Cedar Canyon on their way from Rock Spring, Whipple writes, "… The spring was small, and their was not more than half enough water for the mules. But as it constantly though slowly flowed in, after awhile the animals were satisfied, and we obtained water for the uses of camp. … the grass is highly nutritious. Cactaceae are abundant. Tall and beautiful yuccas, the offensive larrea Mexicana, and obione, complete the list of vegetation." Obione is a synonym for Atriplex. "The day has been windy, cold, and disagreeable." The next morning the spring was filled to the high-water mark, but there was only a moderate amount of water for each mule (Foreman, 1941).
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Date and time this article was prepared:6:09:17 PM, 10/6/2017.