Miners from Lida Mine wind-sailing on the Rosamond Dry Lake (c. February 28, 1902)

As any resident of the Antelope Valley knows, the High Desert winds can get quite fierce. Wind-sailing on the dry lake beds of the Antelope Valley was a unique way for early residents to spend their time.

Pictured here, c. February 28, 1902, are two miners from Lida Mine wind-sailing on the Rosamond Dry Lake. At the time, they held the record for land-sailing, clocking in at 62 miles-per-hour. The ‘boat’ they are sailing was suitably named the Desert Queen.

Photo courtesy of MOAH Collections


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