I know a really wonderful young man who just finished up his first few months at Deep Springs. I hope that we will soon get to talk about his experiences.
The same year that Lenin’s Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace, another shortish, balding radical launched a social experiment of his own in a patch of desert in the Sierra Nevada foothills bordering California and Nevada. Lucien Lucius Nunn, a serious, industrious man, had made a fortune in mining, banking and power plants, including the electricity station at Niagara Falls, but making money was not his passion. While training engineers and managers to run his businesses, Nunn discovered his vocation was the education of young men. He set up courses that mixed labour with scholarships, and encouraged self-governance by the worker-students. In 1917 he set up a college at a ranch in Deep Springs, just north of Death Valley, to perpetuate his ideas.