The Salton Sea
The Salton Sea lake was created by the Colorado River busting through diversion canals in the early 1900’s. There were several structures and businesses that were flooded. One such business was the Liverpool Salt Works. Its demise left 1,000 acres of salt 15” deep in the lake. Annually 600 tons more salt is added to the lake by irrigation run off from the Colorado.
During the 1950’s and 1960’s this place was booming. Celebrities, families, and tourists came to the "miracle in the desert" to go boating, fishing, and have a good time. Real estate was crazy and it was “the” place to be in the desert. However, all of that came to a screeching halt in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Water run off from local farms polluted the lake and in the 80’s the housing bubble forced many to literally just abandon their homes.
Supposedly the 2000’s brought a few more folks into the “was” paradise but it was short lived due to the downturn in the economy after 9/11 (and continued pollution).
It is hard to believe as you travel around this place that it was such a “go to” place back in the day. Today it is half abandoned, it smells of dead fish (which due to the high salt content are still on the beach), and the sand is not really sand. It looks to be died off barnacles. If you want to learn more about the history of the area I found a book here (http://www.greetingsfromsaltonsea.com/saltoncity.html) that seemed to cover it pretty well.