Photography by Ian L. Sitren

Hiking With A Challenge

Without 4 wheel drive, getting to the site of the abandoned Naval Base on the shore of Salton Sea was a little over 2 miles each way in soft sand and high winds. Well worth the effort to see and photograph a part of history.

The Salton Sea was also the location of testing of dropping the first Atomic Bomb. Crews from the Crews from Wendover Air Base made hundreds of practice runs near and over Salton Sea dropping 10,000 pound dummy bombs from B-29 bombers at 30,000 feet.

The base was turned over to the Atomic Energy Commission in 1946 through 1961. Abandoned it was subsequently used off and on by the military for live munitions training and Gulf War training maneuvers.

Unexploded Ordinance

Salton Sea Munitions

2 responses

  1. Cool! What a crazy place to visit.

    December 24, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    • It truly is! But so very interesting!

      December 24, 2015 at 8:43 pm

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