Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dr. Luckie--"Father of 29 Palms"

(September, 2009, 29 Palms)

Dr. James Luckie is depicted in a 29 Palms mural. After World War I he practiced medicine in Pasadena and treated veterans injured by mustard gas poisoning. Dr, Luckie advised his patients to file homestead claims in the high desert community where the altitude and climate might heal their injured lungs. Many recovered there and stayed to raise families.

A former medical officer, Dr. Luckie would not accept payment for his services and was deeded forty acres of land by grateful resident Bill Campbell. Dr. Luckie deeded the land over to the local legion post. Today "Luckie Park" sits on the site as a tribute to this generous man.

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