Bombay Beach was born as the Salton Sea became a playground for vacationers in the 40’s and 50’s. This whole are was going to be California’s version of the French Riviera. A number of problems arose: increasing salinity in the Salton Sea, which created major fish and bird die-offs, and a series of floods from tropical storms in the 70’s. The area has never recovered and now lays in basic ruins.
Made up of a square mile grid of paved streets, the majority of the residents live in eclectic mobile homes. There is a small corner market, 2 bars, bait shop, volunteer fire station, an unmarked motel, and the flooded ruins of a once prosperous fishing mecca. Without a gas station, and the nearest one 20 miles away, most people rely on electrical golf carts to get around town.
The number of dead fish on the shore in unbelievable and there is the stench of I think some chemical..its spooky all together.
I didn’t want to post all my pictures here on the blog (it will wear you out..:) ).
Here are some of them.
You can view the entire set here