Zzyzx, California: Zzyzx: Quack-Founded Town, Last Name In The Atlas

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Zzyzx Rd, Zzyzx, CA
Exit I-15 at Zzyzx Rd, six miles southwest of Baker. The old resort is 4 1/2 miles south. The public should park in the dirt lot outside the gate and walk in. Note: National Park Services property includes the Desert Studies Center, with active classrooms, labs, and apartments. Don't enter these buildings or disturb those using the facility.
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Zzyzx: Quack-Founded Town, Last Name In The Atlas
From 1944-1974 the pseudo-town/resort was the private fiefdom of bogus medicine radio personality Curtis Howe Springer. Today an oasis of ruins, palm trees, and buildings housing desert studies researchers. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [01/22/2012]

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Zzyzx: Quack-Founded Town

It's now a California study area, not cool and creepy, if that's what you're expecting. We were disappointed. Toilets not even there, nothing. Can't go into buildings being used by study.

[Gina, 09/05/2017]

Path next to the pond.

Quack-Founded Town With Last Name in the Alphabet

Really odd and interesting place. It's occupied and used for desert research by the university, but you can still visit. We just pulled all the way in and parked inside the grounds. There was a decent bathroom too. Cool history on the property.

[Shantel, 03/28/2012]


Quack-Founded Town With Last Name in the Alphabet

With the exception of a few fairly short sections, the road is now paved.

[tomwickland, 01/17/2012]


Zzyzx (Camp Soda Mineral Springs)

Zzyzx, now the Desert Studies Center, is worth the bit of a drive to get there. Sometimes chained off, sometimes not, we happened to find it on a day when the caretaker was there.

Zzyzx was made what it is now by the Rev. Dr. Curtis Springer, called by the medical field the "King of Quacks," as a cure-all mineral hot springs. Problem is, the "hot springs" was a boiler he put under the water, and the miracle cures were actually just juice. He built a cross shaped mineral pool, a 64 room hotel, a chapel, and more on squatted-on property, where the rich and famous came for the advertised "fountain of youth."

Closed for many years, the U of C came and made it the center for desert studies after finding the rare Mohave chub living there. It's got a neat energy to the place, and is tourist-friendly, hosting weekend events, visiting scientists, and the occasional day tripper. The area around it has an expansive Gypsum flats, as well as picnic areas.

[RomDeussen, 03/19/2011]

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