Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Forgotten Places.

The Salton Sea was formed between 1905 and 1907 when the Colorado River burst through poorly built irrigation controls south of Yuma, Arizona. Almost the entire flow of the river filled the Salton Basin for more than a year, inundating communities, farms and the main line of the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Continued filling of the Salton Sink was finally stopped in 1907, when a line of protective levees was built by boxcars dumping boulders into the breach from Southern Pacific tracks. By then, this inland lake was about 40 miles long and 13 miles wide, covering an area of about 400 square miles.

Have a nice weekend everyone!


  1. Good images to go with this disaster from early last century! Though I've heard references to the Salton Sea I didn't know this piece of history surrounding it.

  2. Another great set of photos. If I remember my treasure stories correctly, there is a sunken ship somewhere in the Salton Sea, now covered by sand.


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