The Anza Valley lies in south Riverside County. Due to its isolation, the Cahuilla Valley (Now Anza Valley) attracted only a few hardy settlers--- ranchers mostly and a few miners. The Thomas family, for example, up from Hemet, or Judge Terwilliger, a refugee from the desert, Jim Hamilton, the Reeds and the Hall Family.
My dad and his brothers would sometimes take off and go up to the Anza area and go hunting. Hunting for Gold that is. It seems that back in the 1880's when Palm Springs was still a small little pit stop in the desert and Indio was the City of the furture. Gold was discovered in the La Quinta Ridge area in 1879. This area is now part of Arnold Palmer's Golf Empire. It is also known as Palm Canyon and is a part of the Anza Borrego Desert.