Llano Del Rio was a socialist colony located in Antelope Valley, California. It was founded in the year 1914 by Job Harriman. Although it was established as a corporation it was intended to adhere to the principles of socialism. Each member owned equal stock in the company, and all were paid a wage of four dollars a day. The colony was abandoned in 1917.
At the colony’s peak, cultivation reached nearly 2000 acres. Several miles of canals, ditches, and pipelines were used to convey the live-giving waters of Big Rock Creek. The founders were confident Big Rock Creek would unfailingly provide the water needed to alter this parched land into a self sufficient agricultural and commercial oasis.
The failure of the Llano Del Rio Socialist Colony was the result of water shortages. In an attempt to assure the dependability of their only water source, the socialist actually built a tunnel beneath the stream bed. The water collected in this tunnel discharged into the main canal which conveyed water to Llano Del Rio.
The socialists had made a fatal miscalculation of Big Rock Creek’s water flow. Their measurements were based on run-off measurements taken from the upstream side of San Andreas Fault’s porous rock and gravel. The Fault line’s lateral fracture is permeable, and it actually absorbs a large portion of Big Rock Creek’s Flow.
It was clear to the socialists, that a thousand people could not continue living in this water-poor desert. When the Socialist left Llano Del Rio, local homesteaders dismantled most of the wood and brick materials to re-use. In fact, several buildings still standing in Littlerock were made from colony brick and lumber.
In the past 89 years, this colony has been slowly surrendered to encroaching armies of Joshua trees, and desert shrubbery. Crumbling Chimneys and melting walls are lingering monuments to a thousand fervent souls who once labored in this water-scarce desert to establish a paradise-on-earth. Life was to forever remain uncluttered by the problems of capitalism. Today the people are long gone, and silence prevails. Broken relics in fields choked with desert growth give mute witness to the experiment that failed.
The actual geocache is located in the old terraced fields, where the socialists grew their crops. The nearest structure is the ruins of the horse barn.
Here is the operations map for the Socialist Colony
Other Llano Del Rio geocaches
The Treasure Trove (LDR Farm Operation)
The Treasure (Limekiln Ruins)
The Treasure (Limekiln Ruins #2)