Weekend Reflections – Zzyzx Road

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Weekend Reflection

Just 100 miles southwest of Las Vegas NV is an exit called Zzyzx Road.

The made-up name Zzyzx was given to the area in 1944 by Curtis Howe Springer, claiming it to be the last word in the English language. He established the Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Spa in 1944 at the spot, which was federal land, after filing mining claims for 12,000 acres (49 km2) surrounding the springs. He used the springs to bottle his water and provide drinks for travelers through the hot desert. He used Zzyzx until 1974, when he was arrested by the United States Marshals for misuse of the land as well as alleged violations of food and drug laws, and the land was reclaimed by the government.

Since 1976, the Bureau of Land Management has allowed California State University to manage the land in and around Zzyzx. A consortium of CSU campuses use it as their Desert Studies Center.

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40 thoughts on “Weekend Reflections – Zzyzx Road

    1. Isadora, please see my reply to Suzanne’s comment above. I have not see these comments till just now. Looks like there are about 6 I never saw. I would never consciously be so rude as to ignore a compliment!

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  1. that reflection is amazing…. and really enjoyed the history lesson with this – I bet the drinks that were offered to travelers were much appreciated – and too bad he had legal probs. fun post! ~y.

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