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Imperial County

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Imperial County is in the California Desert at the extreme southeast corner of the state. Locally this area is known as the Imperial Valley.

Cities[edit]

Map of Imperial County

  • 1 Bombay Beach
  • 2 Brawley
  • 3 Calexico
  • 4 Calipatria
  • 5 El Centro
  • 6 Imperial
  • 7 Niland
  • 8 Salton City - Salton City was established in 1958 with infrastructure to support 40,000 residents, but as the Salton Sea evaporated and became more polluted the planned resort community never developed. Today, despite being home to several thousand residents, it is a modern day ghost town, with vacant lots, empty roads, and a large marina that barely contains any water.

Other destinations[edit]

  • 1 Salton Sea - California's largest lake formed when an irrigation canal burst in 1905 and flooded the Salton Basin for more than a year. This unusual area is home to geothermal features, a wildlife refuge, the partially built resort community of Salton City, and the "profoundly strange" artwork of Salvation Mountain in the squatter town of Slab City.
  • 2 Slab City - Slab City is a remote corner of the desert built on the foundations (slabs) of the former World War II US Marine Camp Dunlap. It is home to permanent and itinerant residents consisting of snow birds, artists, military veterans, anarchists, neo-libertarians and others living in motorhomes and camping trailers who have formed an informal off-grid community. Salvation Mountain, a brightly colored religious artwork that covers an entire hillside, is the most prominent of many artistic works that visitors will encounter while driving through the area.

Understand[edit]

The Imperial Valley was settled as a farming community in the early 1900s, and has remained a primary producer of winter vegetables and an area filled with cattle feedlots. Flooding from the Colorado River has wiped out the valley a number of times in the early part of the 20th century; now a series of canals controls the water flow. The flooding produced the Salton Sea, a large alkaline lake that nearly bisects the entire county.

The soil is fertile but highly alkaline. The watershed drains to the Salton Sea; the entire area was once underwater as the Gulf of California.

The area newspaper is the Imperial Valley Press.

Talk[edit]

A large portion of the population is Mexican immigrants, so while English is more common, many transactions take place entirely in Spanish.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Imperial County Airport IPL IATA is served by one airline with one destination: Mokulele Airlines from Los Angeles.

Get around[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Imperial County is essentially a safe area. But, it is still known to have gangs so always take precautions, such as not walking alone at night.

Imperial County also has very harsh summers. It's known to have temperatures over 110 °F (43 °C) in the summer (mostly from June to September) and have high humidity from June to October so always bring water with you everywhere. Becoming dehydrated is very easy to achieve, so always drink water, even if you are not thirsty.

Call 911 for police, fire dept, or ambulance.

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