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It has been my very great pleasure to research and write this account of the history of the Salton Sea. The Archives of the Coachella Valley Museum are a wonderful source of pictures and information about this unique body of water, and its place in the life and development of the Coachella and Imperial Valleys. This is by no means an exhaustive study of the Salton Sea. Many fascinating news and fictional accounts could not be included because of space limitations most of the books cited in the accompanying biography are a part of the Museum's resources. My thanks to Dorothy Schmid, Geri Robertson and Connie Cowan for their help in gathering the materials from which this story was written.
One thing was lacking--a personal experience of the Salton Sea as it is today. I remembered family picnics at the sea in the early 1950s, but I had not spent any time there in the intervening 35 years--believing the largely negative articles in newspapers and magazines depicting its sorry decline. Those articles are not a part of this publication, again because of space limitations and the fact that they are of recent origin and probably well-known to today's readers. To see for myself what the sea was like, my husband and I drove around the sea from west to east on November 6, 1994, arriving at Salton Sea State Park at sunset. The words that follow are my attempt to describe what we experienced that day.
"At dusk the water is dark, but the reflection of the brilliant orange, gold, and misty blue of the sunset make the sea's surface a mirror of the sky. Birds glide silently by on the currents. Occasionally one takes off, leaving a glistening wake on the surface, and creating a graceful silhouette against a flaming sky.
The Santa Rosa Mountains in the west are dark now, but their ragged summits divide earth and sky with unimaginable beauty. Tiny lights, marking the western shore of the sea, are coming on at the base of the mountains. On the eastern side, the smell of campfires, the muffled sounds of families gathering as meals are being prepared at camp-sites and in motorhomes in the campground at the State Park, and the gentle lapping of waves on the beach--one lone fisherman still at the water's edge--all create a wonderful sense of what is right with the world. Here, at this moment and in this place, nature and man are at peace, and this view can only inspire awe, reverence, and deep gratitude for this treasure in our midst. The Salton Sea is a gift of inestimable worth--ours to take and make whole again if we will."
Speed Boat racing
Boat Races on the Salton Sea--
Photo by Kent Hitchcock, Master Marine Photographers. Newport Harbor, California
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