When the air smells this horribly of decay and rotting fish, it’s no wonder that the Salton Sea community died so quickly.
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Recently this strange little homemade Flintstones-themed park closed its doors forever. I feel fortunate to have visited it in all its decaying glory before it vanished forever.
Goffs- Ghost Town
Formerly a mining town and railroad stop, now slowly mummifying in the desert heat, Goffs stands forgotten in the Mojave wastes. When Route 66 was moved further south, traffic to and from Goffs trickled off and died out. A house, general store, some sheds, and the back of a semi filled with personal belongings are …
Lake Dolores/Rock-a-Hoola Waterpark
Lake Dolores waterpark was initially built for the founder’s extended family and later opened to the public, mostly motorists along the highway wanting a break from the heat. Here’s an article on its history: https://aquamagazine.com/the-muddy-legend-of-lake-dolores.html
Zzyzx- Abandoned Health Spa in the Desert
This is one of my favorite spots in the western desert. Zzyzx was a strange sort of town and “health spa” built around the natural Soda Springs. It was founded and built by a complete quack and radio evangelist, Curtis Howe Springer. He seems to have been one of the get-rich-quick types, involved in many …