Desert Center Neon

Desert Center

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Desert Center Neon

Neon sign greeting eastbound travelers. Located 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…

General Telephone

A telephone central office building in Desert Center, California. Even though General Telephone merged with Bell Atlantic (in June, 2000) to create Verizon Communications, this building still retains the old signage and logo. Although unlikely, it may no longer be a functioning facility as there is a more modern, microwave-linked building 2⅓ miles (3¾ km) north of this one on Parkview Drive. The fence, the condition of the building and the existence of the radio tower suggest that the location still has som…

General Telephone

A telephone central office building in Desert Center, California. Even though General Telephone merged with Bell Atlantic (in June, 2000) to create Verizon Communications, this building still retains the old signage and logo. Although unlikely, it may no longer be a functioning facility as there is a more modern, microwave-linked building 2⅓ miles (3¾ km) north of this one on Parkview Drive.

Seriously disabled truck in desert heat

I can't help but wonder if this disabled truck (with a busted front wheel) was the victim of its owner's reckless desert driving. Located 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…

Abandoned Service Station

Located 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 6…

Desert Center Post Office

The Desert Center Post Office is still open five days a week (as of the date of this photo). 44300 Ragsdale Rd, Desert Center, CA 92239 Located 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 an…

Former restaurants in an abandoned section of Desert Center, California

Located 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 6…

Family Café

Italian tourists parking their Harley in front of the defunct Family Café. Located 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 pr…

Desert Center Café

This neon sign has a dimensional appearance created by using silhouettes and placing the foreground and background illustrations on separate planes. Located 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 servic…
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