Greetings from the Salton Sea: Folly and Intervention in the Southern California Landscape, 1905-2005

Greetings from the Salton Sea: Folly and Intervention in the Southern California Landscape, 1905-2005

by Kim Stringfellow

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Greetings from the Salton Sea: Folly and Intervention in the Southern California Landscape, 1905-2005 by Kim Stringfellow


The Salton Sea is a man-made catastrophe, redolent with the smell of algae and decomposing fish. Nevertheless, the lake's vast, placid expanses continue to attract birdwatchers, tourists and artists. In Greetings from the Salton Sea, photographer Kim Stringfellow explores the history of California's largest lake from its disastrous beginnings—the "sea" was formed when Colorado River levees broke and spilled into a depression 280 feet below sea level—to its heyday as a desert paradise in the 1950s and its current state as an environmental battleground.

Like the 400-plus species of birds that use the lake as a halfway point in their annual migration, developers flocked to the water too: they planted palm trees, built golf courses, and hired showstoppers such as the Beach Boys to perform at area resorts. These days, politicians seek to redirect the lake's only source of replenishment—agricultural runoff from surrounding farms—to water golf courses and green lawns elsewhere. Greetings from the Salton Sea's photographs capture the war among policymakers, environmentalists, developers, and the individuals still living along the lake's shores. As Stringfellow aptly documents, it is a war for water and, ultimately, for existence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935195320
Publisher: Columbia College Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/2011
Series: Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places Series
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Kim Stringfellow is an associate professor in the School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University. She is the author of Jackrabbit Homestead Tracing the Small Tract Act in the Southern California Landscape, 1938–2008.
 

Table of Contents


Map of the Salton Sea
 
Introduction
 
A Brief History
 
Folly, Intervention, and the Future
 
The Plates
 
Notes on the Text
 
Notes on the Plates
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author

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