After doing an interview for The Inyo Register High & Dry explored the Kaiser Soda Ash plant north of Cartago on the west side of the Owens Lake. While the plant is gone a phantasmagoria of ruins, concrete prisms, circular foundations and a crushed car or two still litter the area. The project intends to explore this important mineral history and even create a book about Trona, California about which they intend to publish a book.
We also explored an abandoned farm with two silos and a dairy barn just north of Bishop on Route 6. Many farms failed in the 1930s in the area as Los Angeles began to extract water and export it to the city. Upwards of 25% of the local population left during this period. The story can be read in the ruins in the landscapes, particularly in the northern part of the county.
The next dispatches to be published at desertdispatches.com will be about the date crop in Coachella Valley. Keep an eye for three stories as they will begin soon.