Zach's photos with the Desert Center

Chuckwalla Valley Solar Sprawl

Chuckwalla Valley Solar Sprawl
First Solar Inc. has a 550 MW cadmium-telluride photovoltaic electric power plant on 4,410 acres of land administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. It is next to the city of Desert Center (and west of Blythe).

Pacific Gas & Electric (of San Fra…
Added on September 12, 2014

Desert Center Cafe

Desert Center Cafe
Desert Center, California
Added on September 12, 2014

Desert Center

Desert Center
In storage, on the right, is Southern Pacific locomotive 4449 used (on Kaiser Steel’s Eagle Mountain Railroad) in making the 1986 film “Tough Guys” (which teamed Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas for the last time). The film also featured Eli Wallach, Alex…
Added on September 12, 2014

Desert Center

Desert Center
Another view of Southern Pacific locomotive 4449 (this time with a mannequin companion).

This locomotive is inaccessible and only visible through unwashed windows.

Desert Center, California
Added on September 12, 2014

Desert Center

Desert Center
Front section of the locomotive (looking like some wooden prosthetic had been attached to it).

Desert Center, California
Added on September 12, 2014

Desert Center

Desert Center
Storage shed with a variety of modern and vintage parts and supplies.

Desert Center, California
Added on September 12, 2014

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

General Telephone

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…
Added on August 24, 2013

General Telephone

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…
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

Desert Center Post Office

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,…
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