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Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Stonewall Loeb

George U. Young was an Arizona politician and a strategic planner who aligned his goals with that of the Wizard of OZ, found in the Emerald City. Never lacking in vision, Young’s aim was to break free of the ‘grafters’ as he often referred to in his many letters to Fred J. Smith, which he sent prior to mineral land patent application. Fred J. Smith with family, dogs and livestock, occupied the ground year round, at what is present day Highland Pines in Prescott, Arizona Yavapai County. Smith was a short man with an even shorter secret, whom facilitated the land patent application and provided information from the trenches of Sierra Prieta to Young in Phoenix.

Smith lived with his wife at 1066 N. Skyline Drive, and is listed on several documents of the U.S. patent itself as a signing ‘witness’ to the posting of Mineral Survey 2424, etc., on the ground that would one day become Highland Pines. Smith also took orders from Young, to create the ‘on the ground illusion’ of a ‘profitable mine‘, to unsuspecting investors and reporters when they would head out to the hills to check the progress of yet another one of Young’s remarkable ventures.

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“Orders are nobody can see the Great Oz! Not nobody, not nohow!”

The “Big Stick”

Just a few short months prior to J.J. Fishers creation of the miraculous Mineral Survey 2424 in 1907 otherwise then known as the ‘Mining Claim of George U. Young’, Young corresponded with secretary William Loeb -via the ‘Derby Mining Camp‘ at Prescott, Arizona a.k.a Munchkin Country.

“Some people without brains do an *awful* lot of talking, don’t they?”

“I hope your tail holds out!”

“These things must be done delicately, or you hurt the spell.”

“The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side. Oh joy!

“They have one thing you haven’t got: a diploma. Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Universitartus Committiartum E Pluribus Unum, I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of ThD… That’s… Doctor of Thinkology.”

“Back where I come from there are men who do nothing all day but good deeds. They are called phila… er, phila… er, yes, er, Good Deed Doers.”

“That, my dear, is a ‘horse of a different color.”

james r. lowry
Munchkin Land~Winter Wonderland pre-Highland Pines, Prescott, Arizona @ Sierra Prietta-Yavapai County