Penny Can


At Mile 41.4, we came to the famous “penny can” hanging out by a wire from the limb of a Joshua tree. We dutifully stopped to add our pennies (which we had placed in the cupholder at home in anticipation of this moment) to the collection already in the can. As the Mojave Road was being developed into a recreational trail in 1983, this can appeared with a few pennies inside. Tradition then took over, and to this day travelers still stop to make their tongue-in-cheek contribution to Mojave Road maintenance.