North Shore Beach and Yacht Club
It opened in 1962 as part of a $2 million development along the northeastern shore of the Salton Sea which would become California's largest marina. Several prominent figures from the entertainment industry docked boats there, among them members of The Beach Boys, Jerry Lewis and The Marx Brothers. Ever-increasing salinity from agricultural runoff from both the Coachella Valley and Imperial County combined with fluctuating water levels culminated in a major flood in 1981, destroying the club's jetty and making it impossible for boats to dock at the club; it would be completely closed by 1984.
Like the majority of the buildings which surround it, the North Shore Beach and Yacht Club was abandoned and vandalized. The shoreside swimming pool remained intact though badly vandalized as well. An often-photographed large advertising sign for Texaco Marine at the site of the jetty has now been removed.
In July 2009, Riverside County supervisors approved the reception of a grant of $3.35 million as part of an overall package of $30 million to redevelop and restore the property.
Salton Sea History Museum
On May 1, 2010, the restored yacht club was reopened to the public as the Salton Sea History Museum, serving as a community center as well as a museum. The former pool area then served as an activity deck while the former loading area became a children's play area.
- http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009907220309 News of redevelopment funds at Mydesert.com
- http://saltonseamuseum.org/ Salton Sea History Museum
- "Exploring Modern Ruins in Southern California", "New York Times" (March 14, 2014).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to North Shore Beach and Yacht Club.|
- Salton Sea History Museum – official site
- The Salton Sea: California's Overlooked Treasure at sci.sdsu.edu
- Aerial view at Wikimapia.org
- Photographs of the yacht club in its abandoned condition and surrounding area at Richardheeps.co.uk