Update: While artifacts were been taken from Joshua Tree National Park, it appears that it happened several years ago and not recently, as Z107.7 reported:
We appreciate The Sun Runner pointing things out. Also, don’t take things for Joshua Tree. Ever.
The Trump Shutdown has been wreaking chaos on Joshua Tree National Park for the past two weeks and, despite the best efforts of volunteers, the shutdown has led to overflowing toilets and damage to the park from people illegally going off-roading. Now, Joshua Tree has closed two areas of the park after someone stole a heavy ore car and other artifacts from at least two remote former mining sites.
Carey’s Castle cabin and gold mine (where the ore car was taken) and the El Sid gold mine (also known as El Cid) have both been closed, according to Z107.7 Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith told the radio station that people are illegally driving to the historic sites and taking things.
“Some members of the public do not realize that the historical and archaeological significance of places like this are protected to preserve our heritage for all Americans to see,” he said.
The areas will now be closed until the areas are secured and an archaeological survey is completed.