Desert Center School

Stephen “Desert Steve” Ragsdale founded the town of Desert Center in 1921 after having beenĀ  Out in the middle of nowhere, this town was a watering hole for those traveling between Phoenix and California, giving the weary travelers some much-needed respite and shade. In the 1940s when Ragsdale’s children needed schooling, he built up Desert Center School which fell into complete disrepair after it shut down in 1983. Today, the few children who remain are bused 120 miles round trip to the closest school in Blythe, California.
AM Desert Center School.AM1Nothing more thrilling than trespassing in a state where a high percentage of landowners are armed with shotguns.AM2The auditorium.AM3A view of the stage.AM4AM5The remains of one of the two pianos that used to stand tall – due to the elements or vandals, who knows.AM6Formerly known as piano keys.AM7AM8The day the music died.AM9AM10The remains of ceiling paint, thoroughly consumed by mold.AM11Walls melting in the desert heat.am12You can hear the rats scurrying through the air ducts, even from across the parking lot.am13Random awesome farming equipment rusted into the ground outside.am14am15A man, a toothpick and his tractor.am16am17Hauntingly, beautifully forgotten.

Coming up soon – the abandoned homes of Desert Center.


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  3. Andrew Caruso

    I was wondering if you knew who owned the property? And if there was a way for me to get into contact with the owner.