Bombay Beach was founded in Oct of 1928. Originally it was planned as a vacation community for the very rich. The Great Depression sank that hope. Military bases close by and the abundant natural beauty of the place, brought renewed attention in the late 1940’s. By the mid 1950’s, Bombay Beach was growing. The beach resort and trailer campground was constructed and two marinas served the area. At one point the area had over 2000 residents. Times change and by the late 1960’s the Salton Sea was taking hits right and left. To the south, the agricultural development of the Imperial Valley increasing removed more inflow to the Salton and replaced it with tainted farm run-off. The salinity of the Salton continued to increase to the point that only the hardiest saltwater fish could survive.
Suspended in oblivion
Perhaps the worse thing about the Salton is the pollution problems. Agricultural run off is one part of the problem. Of the three streams that empty into the Salton, the New River is considered to be the worst polluted river in the US. It contains raw sewage and waste picked up from along its banks in Mexico. The bacteria and such is very very bad. Don’t go in the water
The odd thing about wandering the bog were the scores of shoes stuck or abandoned in the muck..
Of course, the salt bogs are nasty deceptive things. They are viscous and once the shoes are soiled with the grime, the smell is nearly permanent.
The hardware store
Looking south across the dark waters. The smoke rising is coming out of steam vents above the hydro-thermal sites.
The other side of the dike – a case study of what’s left in Bombay Beach