Frozen in time. Abandoned cafe and gas station in Desert Center, California.
Still in good shape inside. WARNING TO ANY VANDALS: THE RAGSDALE FAMILY (DESCENDANTS OF THE TOWN FOUNDER) STILL OWNS MUCH OF THIS TOWN (INCLUDING THE LAND UNDER THESE BUSINESSES) AND KEEPS A WATCHFUL EYE OUT. TAKE ONLY PICTURES. DO NOT VANDALIZE OR STEAL.
Although are no services these days (no food, no gas, no lodging), many truckers still stop here.
Desert Center is a census designated place in the Colorado Desert in Riverside County, California. It is in southern California, between the cities of Indio and Blythe at the junction of Interstate 10 and State Route 177 (Desert Center-Rice Road), about halfway between Phoenix and Los Angeles.
The town was founded in 1921 by Stephen A. Ragsdale, also known as Desert Steve, and his wife, Lydia. Ragsdale was an itinerant preacher and cotton farmer, originally from Arkansas. In 1915, he left his farm in the Palo Verde Valley along the Colorado River to attend to some business in Los Angeles. The road between Phoenix and Los Angeles was mostly sand, and Ragsdale's vehicle broke down near a place called Gruendyke's Well. This featured a hand-dug well and was inhabited by a prospector named Bill Gruendyke. Gruendyke rescued Ragsdale and gave him food, shelter, and water until his vehicle was repaired and he could resume his journey to Los Angeles.
In the early 1930s, Dr. Sidney R. Garfield, who had just graduated from University of Southern California, went to visit a former classmate with a practice in Indio. The practice was thriving to capacity, while Garfield was nearly without business in Depression-era Los Angeles. Garfield's friend explained that he was the closest doctor (50 miles) to 5,000 men digging the Colorado River Aqueduct under direction of The Seven Companies, Inc. The project site's headquarters was just southeast of Desert Center. Garfield borrowed money from his father and constructed a 4-bed clinic near the construction site. The clinic was cooled by an ammonia air-conditioning system and at the time was the only air-conditioned building between Riverside and Phoenix. Garfield would treat the men, who would promise to pay on payday, but who would usually go to Blythe or Indio and drink their paychecks. Within a year, Garfield was broke and announced that he would pull up stakes.
Hearing this, Henry J. Kaiser, whose division of the Six Companies, Inc. was building the stretch of the Colorado River Aqueduct through the Desert Center vicinity, visited Garfield at his clinic. His idea was to take a nickel a day out of each man's paycheck to prepay for that man's future medical treatments, should an injury occur while he was working. If the man wanted to be covered for the remainder of the day, after work hours, another nickel would be deducted. If the man had a wife and/or children he wanted to cover, this would cost another nickel. Within a short time, Garfield had a steady income stream and things improved for him immensely. When the aqueduct project was finished, Kaiser's next venture was the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam, and he took Garfield with him to manage the workers' health care, but this time there were 50,000 men, not just 5000.
Garfield's Contractors General Hospital evolved into Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed health care system in the world, but its origins are in Desert Center. In 1992 a roadside historical marker at the site was unveiled by Garfield's sister next to the grocery honoring Desert Center as the birthplace of Kaiser Permanente.
The site of Kaiser Steel Eagle Mountain Mine, one of the largest open-pit iron mining operations in the world, is located about 13 miles (21 km) north of Desert Center. The rich iron ore deposit was discovered by geologists employed by Henry J. Kaiser during construction of the Colorado River Aqueduct in the early 1930s. The Eagle Mountain Mine operated at capacity from World War II until Kaiser closed the mine and the town of Eagle Mountain in early 1982.
Today, though showing its age, the town barely survives. The United States Post Office is the only remaining business, serving both locals and travelers crossing the vast expanse of desert between the Colorado River and Indio. The nearest gasoline and fast food are at Chiriaco Summit. Desert Center is home to agricultural farms, two mobile home parks frequented by snowbirds, and the Lake Tamarisk community, which includes a golf course and that was founded by the Kaiser Steel Corporation for mine management.
Miami-Los Angeles flight: Downtown+Miami Beach, Mississippi River Delta, 29 Palms, Big Bear 2016-3-3
Miami's Marlins Park, Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach's condos and the intracoastal waterways rush into view on takeoff toward the Atlantic Ocean.
On completion of the Gulf of Mexico crossing, the Mississippi's birdfoot mouth and the Cajun shoreline of Louisiana unfold.
This is followed by Sabine Lake and the vast refinery urban complex of Port Arthur and Beaumont, and, farther inland, the Texas A&M University city of College Station, located in the midst of Texas's I-10/I-35/I-45 triangle--before the arrival of the oil rigs and the sand hills of central-west Texas.
The arid mountains of Arizona follow, while alpine Big Bear Lake and the peaks of Southern California's Transverse Range to the northeast of Los Angeles, as well as the congested rush-hour freeways at dusk, accompany the descent and final approach to LAX.
1:55 Welcome message & start of pushback
2:55 Safety video begins
11:50 Takeoff run begins on MIA 8R
13:30-13:40 Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
13:45-13:55 Interstate 95
13:55-14:20 Downtown Miami
14:00-14:10 American Airlines Arena (AAA), Miami
14:20-14:25 MacArthur Causeway
14:25-14:30 Virginia Key & Key Biscayne
14:35-14:40 South Miami Beach (SoBe)
16:15-17:00 North Miami Beach, Sunny Isles, Golden Beach, Hollywood Beach (see on-screen annotations)
17:20-17:35 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
19:50 Start of Florida Everglades
41:20-41:59 Ship in Southwest Pass, Mississippi River Delta, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana (LA)
Coastal Louisiana's land loss directly contributed to the storms' human toll. In the past, extensive healthy wetlands buffered South Louisiana from storm surge, but with thinning wetlands, oyster reefs and barrier islands, the area's communities have lost much of their natural protection. - More at:
44:45 Louisiana's Gulf of Mexico coastline near mouth of Mermentau River west of Grand Chenier, LA
46:05-46:48 Calcasieu Ship Channel/Cameron Ferry
Cameron, Cameron Parish, Lake Charles, Louisiana
48:00-49:10 Sabine Lake LA & Texas (TX)
48:30-50:00 Port Arthur TX
50:00-50:05 Jack Brooks Regional Airport, Beaumont, TX
50:40-50:45 ExxonMobil Refinery, Beaumont, TX
50:47-51:05 Central Beaumont, TX
51:55-52:50 Trinity River east of Kenefick, Liberty County, TX
54:20-55:15 Interstate 69 near Splendora, Montgomery County, TX
55:40-56:05 Lake Conroe, TX
56:40-57:35 College Station TX
57:50-58:00 Taylor, Williamson County TX
58:10-58:35 Granger Lake (reservoir) San Gabriel River, TX
58:45-59:15 Texas State Highway 130 near Georgetown, TX
59:15-1:00:15 Interstate 35 north of Georgetown, TX
1:00:38-1:01:50 Lake Buchanan, Burnet & Llano counties, TX
1:02:40-1:02:55 Sandhill across Farm Rd 1233, northwest of Crane, Crane County, TX
1:03:20-1:03:55 Monahans Sandhills State Park, Interstate 20, Monahans, TX
1:04:05-1:04:25 San Simon River (ephemereal) in San Simon Valley, southeastern Arizona (AZ)
1:04:25-1:04:355 Peloncillo Mountains, Cochise County, AZ
1:06:15-1:06:23 Arizona State Route 266
Sometimes, big things really do come in small packages. And big scenery often comes on little roads. State Route 266 is one of the shortest state highways in Arizona — with just under 20 miles of pavement cutting across the rugged rangeland south of Safford — but every mile dishes up dramatic vistas as the road rambles westward along the fringe of the Pinaleño Mountains ....
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1:07:36-1:08:15 Mount Graham, Graham County, AZ & Mount Graham International Observatory
1:09:31-1:10:00 La Paz County, AZ
1:10:06-1:10:44 Twentynine Palms, San Bernardino County, California (CA)
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1:30:50 Touchdown on LAX 25L
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도심을 벗어나면 사방이 오렌지 농장이다. 포멜로라는 생소한 과일이 눈길을 끈다. 자몽과 비슷하지만 껍질이 두껍다. “이게 플로리다의 포멜로입니다. 철이 지나면 테두리가 말라버려요. 이건 괜찮네요. 여전히 즙이 많아요. 포벨로는 퓨라노구마린이라는 효소가 없어요. 이 효소는 약의 효능을 저하합니다. 그래서 자몽과 약을 같이 먹지 않는 게 좋죠. 하지만 포멜로는 약과 함께 먹어도 괜찮아요. 신도 매우 적고, 그린 효소가 없기 때문이죠.” 이곳 과일들은 유난히 즙이 많다. “이건 허니벨과 클레멘타인을 섞은 오렌지예요. 한 쪽 드셔보세요. 맛이 괜찮아요. 10월 첫째 주부터 수확을 하죠.” 즉석에서 맛 품평회가 열린다. “사탕 같이 달아요. 아니 사탕보다 더 달아요.” 큰 것은 무료 12kg이나 나간다. 비싸게 팔리는 과일이라 사람들은 정성을 들린다. 수익을 높이고자 농장엔 직판장도 있다. “당신에게 드리는 선물이에요.” “고맙습니다.”
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The Orange Farm outside the city on all sides. This attracts the attention of strange fruit pomelo. Similar to a grapefruit, but thicker shell. This is the pomelo, Florida. Do not Forget the iron over the border. This Good! A lot still has juice. Four Bello is not an enzyme called Pueblo Llano Marin District. The enzyme to degrade the efficacy of the drug. So as not to eat grapefruit Bout to the drug. However, pomelo is fine to eat with the medicine. Shinto is very low, because the enzyme is not green. Here are many exceptionally juicy fruit. It's a mixture of honey bell orange and Clementine. Try one. Taste fine. I harvested the first week of October. The taste fair will take place on the spot. Dalahyo like candy. No more than dalahyo candy. The big thing out and free 12kg. It sounds expensive, selling fruit because people are qualitative. To increase farm profits are also jikpanjang yen. I'm giving you a gift. Thank you.
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El Camino Real - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]
Tracing a Timeless Trail
New awareness is being brought to a centuries-old pathway, the Camino Real de los Tejas. Meet a man on a mission to highlight its history, and the places and cultures it connects, as we trace a National Historic Trail through Texas.
Driving from Texas to Las Vegas via New Mexico - Travel vlog 1
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USA Road Trip #8 - National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas
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Welcome to my travel vlog! This is an account of my american road trip, and I'm working through the Texas videos at present.
We went to the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas and it was so cool! It's a historical park museum. It's like walking through history in chronological order. You start at the most primitive of houses (well, maybe not totally primitive, but really old), and work your way through architecture that describes how The West was won! You'll see the best in The West :) ha ha ha. Really though, it was so well done, and probably among the best museums I've been to in terms of the story telling and museum organization of the place. It is run by Texas Tech University. Here is their website:
We saw things like wells, kilns that looked like dog houses, cattle brands, old ranching houses that were transported there, barns, cattle traps, Indian territory houses that had special defences (Jowell House), and so much more. We saw a grocery store (the Waggoner Commissary) with an antique cash register and a can of pure lard. We saw a corral to trap cattle and an old school house that had heat capabilities it in! (It was Bairfield Schoolhouse). The big nice, Queen Anne style, two-bathroom house was a highlight, and it was under restoration while we were there. It was called Barton House. Oh wait, let's not forget the outhouse!
Sadly, we missed the cowboy. But we did see real old cowboy stuff from the Wild Wild West, like lassoo's and saddles and cowboy hats.
There were ranches, ranching equipment, horse taming areas (probably for mustangs), hay, horse carriages, a real train, and old beat up country truck, windmills, and pretty much everything except real animals and time travel abilities :) But there were jack rabbits!
I got to go with my friends and some very cute babies. One of them even gave me a fun time pretending she was at a rodeo!
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PBS Show Planting Pines, Texas Quail & Trinity Paddling, #2619
Program 2619. Air dates February 18-24, 2018 & August 19-25, 2018
Planting Pines, Texas Quail & Trinity Paddling
Lone Star Land Steward: Greg Grant
Deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas, you’ll meet a tree hugger that does things a bit different. Greg Grant has restored his family land, working hard to create pine savannahs, and pine forests. Now that they are established he’s been killing his pine trees ever since.
The State of Quail
Texas has long been known for its robust quail populations, but habitat loss has impacted all four quail species in the state. Though their homes range from desert floodplain and brush land to prairie grasslands, these quail species need native habitat to thrive. Find out how researchers, non-profits, and landowners and managers are working together to keep quail numbers healthy statewide.
Lake Arrowhead State Park
Close to the Red River in both location and hue, this North Texas park offers family fun and fine fishing.
Traversing the Trinity
Grab a paddle and hit the river, wherever you live there is a paddling trail nearby. For folks in Dallas there’s one right in the heart of the city. The Dallas Trinity Paddling Trail is 10.2 miles of unexpected fun.
Postcard From Texas
Enjoy a night kite flight at Bastrop State Park.
This what Fort Polk And TigerLand in Louisiana is Like (US ARMY)
The US ARMY Post Fort Polk. Here is what you will see
Fredericksburg TX Romantic Inns - Excellent Romantic Vacations
Fredericksburg, TX Romantic Inns and B&B's - HD video highlights of four romantic places to stay in Fredericksburg: Inn on Barons Creek, Eden's Gate, Inn on the Creek, and the Magnolia House B&B. Perfect accommodation for a honeymoon or romantic getaway in Texas Hill Country. At you can discover more great romantic excursions in Texas.