Zach's photos with the Kaiser

Desert Center Neon

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 c…
Added on August 24, 2013

Seriously disabled truck in desert heat

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…
Added on August 24, 2013

Abandoned Service Station

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…
Added on August 24, 2013

Former restaurants in an abandoned section of Desert Center, California

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…
Added on August 24, 2013

Family Café

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 Co…
Added on August 24, 2013

Desert Center Café

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” Ragsda…
Added on August 24, 2013

Desert Center

Desert Center
A totem pole next to one of the cafés features desert creatures (such as the tortoise, coyote, rabbit and ram).

Located between the cities of Indio and Blythe Desert Center was founded in 1921 by “Desert Steve” Ragsdale. In 1915, while traveling from his…
Added on August 24, 2013

Desert Center

Desert Center
Desert Center was home to (or frequented by) workers and visitors of not only the Kaiser Steel Eagle Mountain Mine (closed in 1983) but also a private prison (a converted shopping center) which closed in 2003.

Located between the cities of Indio and Blyt…
Added on August 24, 2013

Desert Center

Desert Center
An abandoned Kaiser rail car.

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 d…
Added on August 24, 2013

Desert Center

Desert Center
A dilapidated wagon stored at the swimming pool.

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 Angel…
Added on August 24, 2013

Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool
The swimming pool (next to the café) is now used for storing a variety of local artifacts.

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 fa…
Added on August 24, 2013

Gilbarco Gas Pumps

Gilbarco Gas Pumps
Detail of the 1950's Texaco gasoline pumps which are stored in the swimming pool (next to the Desert Center Café) .

Located between the cities of Indio and Blythe Desert Center was founded in 1921 by “Desert Steve” Ragsdale. In 1915, while traveling from…
Added on August 24, 2013

Motel Cabin

Motel Cabin
Desert Center motel cabin. Some of the failed "tree-ring circus" can be seen in the distance.

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…
Added on August 24, 2013

Former Desert Center Public School

Former Desert Center Public School
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…
Added on August 24, 2013

Former Desert Center Public School

Former Desert Center Public School
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…
Added on August 24, 2013

Stairway to Walmart

Stairway to Walmart
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…
Added on August 24, 2013