|Collecting samples from the man made lake at Zzyzx|
A four-mile dirt road will take you to Zzyzx, which is now the Desert Study Center, run by the State of California. But it used to be the headquarters of an organization run by Dr. Curtis H. Springer. He was granted a mining contract by the federal government in the '30's, but decided to found a health spa, selling what we would call "quack" medicines. He also delievered religious radio programs.
In 1974, the authorities took the land back as it was not being used for its original purpose, but the name the Doctor gave it remains. He called it Zzyzx as he wanted to have the last word in the encyclopedia. I guess he succeeded in that endeavor.