In Joshua Tree National Park there is an interesting marker along the trail out to the Wall Street Stamp Mill.
On May 11, 1943 a rancher and miner named Bill Keys shot and killed his neighbor Worth Bagley. Both characters are shrouded in a bit of mystery. Keys was from either Nebraska or Russia depending upon the account you read. He moved into the area in 1910 or so. Bagley moved into the area in 1938 and was an ex-law enforcement officer who might have been mentally unstable. He developed a reputation of being a bit of a loose cannon. A dispute developed between the two (either over water or a roadway that passed near Bagley’s property, depending upon the version you read). Allegedly, Bagley appraoched Keys with a revolver one day. Keys reached for his rifle and waited for Bagley to fire the first shot. Bagley did and missed and Keys shot him. Keys turned himself in and was sentenced to 10 years. He served 5 1/2 of them and was realeased from prison moving back to the Desert Queen Ranch. Keys passed away in 1963.