First stop -- The old U. S. Gypsum Company town of Midland, just a few miles west of our site. It's interesting to see the remains and learn some of the history of this company town of 1,000 that operated from 1925 to the 1960s. Mostly foundations of a few buildings are left to actually see but a couple of other things are going on that grab you.
A former citizen of Midland has produced a history that is available in a unique type of library. In the aluminum container situated here next to the log seats are these books containing the handwritten stories, photos, news clippings and other types of information that tell the story of the people, their everyday life, and their company work. You can read updates that are added by the former residents who visit occasionally, adding some memories or an obituary to the history.
The other bit of interesting activity out here in this old town site in the desert are the current "lotholders" . Using the remains of the foundations around the town, several rvers use this as a temporary home, bringing back a bit of the life of the community. Thought we'd share a peek at the local directions to the town's activities.
Our route for the day took us about 100 miles round trip, venturing to four or five geocaches, enjoying the vast open spaces with overwhelming quiet and Big Maria Mountains around us. One of our geocaches was in the same vicinity as the Blythe Intaglios, a group of gigantic figures that are best viewed from the air -- but wait, they are between 450 and 2,000 years old. The earth is ground away such that these outlines remain. The local Indian tribes say they represent the creator of all life and animals who helped in creation. The biggest mystery is how the people who made them could imagine the view from the air - or whatever!! Here you can see behind us an arm and leg of one intaglio.