Desert Center

After we’d perused the abandoned school, Commander Matt and I were prepared to continue right back to the highway. The one thing that was nagging my mind were those random decapitated palm trees that brought me here in the first place. Just down the road from the school, through the dead and silent town, we found the cabins.
amAbout six or seven small cabins rest in the desert dust. One has already been burned to the ground, no doubt thanks to vandals.
am1The insides are completely destroyed with paint falling off the walls and furniture thrown everywhere.
am3am2am4Old yellowing newspapers and calendars were strewn all across the back bedroom floor.
am6This was the home of Carl Moser: born September 28, 1892 and died November 1, 1976.
abcAll of his final payments still hang on the wall.
am9An old pop top Bud can.
am10The next house was in the same condition.
am11AM12That might be a little expired…
AM17These cans expired in 2009. I never thought I’d see an expired canned food.
AM13AM14Different trash and toys from all different decades. Some of these houses look like they’ve become a dumpster for the few remaining locals.
AM15am24Almost mint condition. It hurt to leave this behind.
AM16Slightly creepy and ominous. It fit the feel of the entire town.
am18Jeff Ragsdale, the son of “Desert Steve” Ragsdale, had trophies and certificates all across the floors in what I assume was the Ragsdale home.
am19am20This seemed to be the trophy house. Old memoirs that you’d think would want to be saved have been left here to rot.
am23am21You can see the decapitated palm trees that originally pulled me in.
am25After exploring and documenting every crevice, we returned to the highway and sped back to California and to population.


Filed under Abandoned buildings, Adventures, Travel

3 Responses to Desert Center

  1. Chris

    With a little work, that console TV would make an excellent bar or media cabinet. If I had a truck it would’ve left with me. 🙂

    • I was quite tempted to walk away with some of the precious memoirs as well, but refrained. Cuz of stealing being bad and all.

      • Chris

        While I don’t usually advocate walking into a home and taking things, my guess is that this property has probably reverted back to the state by now, so it’s really more-or-less ‘open space’ with a roof.

        On the other hand, my family does have 5 acres of land in BFE (Ridgecrest) with a small home on it that they continue to pay property tax on. Someone goes up there every ten years and cleans it out, but they’d consider it a favor if anyone else wanted to help. 🙂

        Either way, dig the photos!