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Former Desert Center Public School
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Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D800
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Resolution:240 x 240 dpi
Dimension:3274 x 1706 pixels
Original Date:2013:08:13 10:58:02.9
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Copyright:© 2013 Kurt Katzan
Approximate Focus Distance4294967295
ArtistKurt Katzan
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CountryUSA
CreatorKurt Katzan
Date/Time Created2013:08:13 10:58:02+00:00
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DescriptionLocated between the cities of Indio and Blythe Desert Center was founded in 1921 by “Desert Steve” Ragsdale. In 1915, while traveling from his Palo Verde Valley farm (along the Colorado River) to Los Angeles, his car broke down in the desert. A prospector living in the area rescued him. Later, Ragsdale bought out the prospector and started an automobile service station and rest stop on the site. He named it “Desert Center” and it prospered even though it was 50 miles (80 km) from anything. When U.S. Route 60 was built 5 miles (8 km) to the north Ragsdale relocated “Desert Center,” and its auto garage, in order to be on the new highway (this time adding a market, post office, motel cabins and a swimming pool next to the 24 hour café). He also opened businesses in Cactus City, Hell, Skyway, Box Canyon and Shaver’s Well. But, around 1950, Ragsdale was accused of playing around with an employee and he left Desert Center, in disgrace, to live in self-imposed exile in a log cabin near the summit of Santa Rosa Mountain (leaving Desert Center to be run, and eventually acquired by his sons)...Desert Center is, interestingly enough, the birthplace of Kaiser Permenente health care. In the early 1930’s Dr. Sidney Garfield left an unprofitable practice (in depression-era Los Angeles) to treat Colorado River Aqueduct workers near Desert Center. This, too, was unprofitable (because workers rarely paid for treatment). But Henry J. Kaiser (whose company was building this section of aqueduct) had an idea to deduct 5 cents a day from his workers’ paychecks (for health care) and use Garfield’s clinic for treatment. This worked and after the aqueduct was completed Kaiser had Garfield manage the health care for 50, 000 workers on the Grand Coulee Dam. The practice eventually evolved into Kaiser Permanente. A roadside marker (placed next to the grocery, in 1992) honors the health care giant’s birthplace)...“Desert Center” temperatures average, in summer, 83°-104° F (26°-40° C) and, in winter, 45°-65° F (7°–18° C)...Today the “center” of “Desert Center” is mostly closed and abandoned. This includes the gas station, school, cafes and market. Children attend school in either Eagle Mountain (13 miles, 20.9 km away) or Blythe (49 miles, 78.9 km away). Nearby there are two mobile home parks (mostly for winter visitors) and the Kaiser-created golf community of Lake Tamarisk. The public airport is now privately owned. The many dead palm trees one sees upon approaching “Desert Center” are a failed 1990’s project of son Stanley Ragsdale to create a “tree-ring circus.”.
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Image DescriptionLocated between the cities of Indio and Blythe Desert Center was founded in 1921 by “Desert Steve” Ragsdale. In 1915, while traveling from his Palo Verde Valley farm (along the Colorado River) to Los Angeles, his car broke down in the desert. A prospector living in the area rescued him. Later, Ragsdale bought out the prospector and started an automobile service station and rest stop on the site. He named it “Desert Center” and it prospered even though it was 50 miles (80 km) from anything. When U.S. Route 60 was built 5 miles (8 km) to the north Ragsdale relocated “Desert Center,” and its auto garage, in order to be on the new highway (this time adding a market, post office, motel cabins and a swimming pool next to the 24 hour café). He also opened businesses in Cactus City, Hell, Skyway, Box Canyon and Shaver’s Well. But, around 1950, Ragsdale was accused of playing around with an employee and he left Desert Center, in disgrace, to live in self-imposed exile in a log cabin near the summit of Santa Rosa Mountain (leaving Desert Center to be run, and eventually acquired by his sons)...Desert Center is, interestingly enough, the birthplace of Kaiser Permenente health care. In the early 1930’s Dr. Sidney Garfield left an unprofitable practice (in depression-era Los Angeles) to treat Colorado River Aqueduct workers near Desert Center. This, too, was unprofitable (because workers rarely paid for treatment). But Henry J. Kaiser (whose company was building this section of aqueduct) had an idea to deduct 5 cents a day from his workers’ paychecks (for health care) and use Garfield’s clinic for treatment. This worked and after the aqueduct was completed Kaiser had Garfield manage the health care for 50, 000 workers on the Grand Coulee Dam. The practice eventually evolved into Kaiser Permanente. A roadside marker (placed next to the grocery, in 1992) honors the health care giant’s birthplace)...“Desert Center” temperatures average, in summer, 83°-104° F (26°-40° C) and, in winter, 45°-65° F (7°–18° C)...Today the “center” of “Desert Center” is mostly closed and abandoned. This includes the gas station, school, cafes and market. Children attend school in either Eagle Mountain (13 miles, 20.9 km away) or Blythe (49 miles, 78.9 km away). Nearby there are two mobile home parks (mostly for winter visitors) and the Kaiser-created golf community of Lake Tamarisk. The public airport is now privately owned. The many dead palm trees one sees upon approaching “Desert Center” are a failed 1990’s project of son Stanley Ragsdale to create a “tree-ring circus.”.
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Rights© 2013 Kurt Katzan
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StateCalifornia
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Sub Sec Time Original9
SubjectDesert Center, Steve Ragsdale, US Route 60, abandoned, Kaiser, mine, Permenente, SR 177, state route, Interstate 10, I-10, California, CA, Riverside County, public school
Subject Distance4294967295 m
Subject Distance RangeUnknown
TitleFormer Desert Center Public School
Transmission Reference41499-2583
Usage TermsFor use only with the written permission of the creator of this image.
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