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The Abandoned Town In Southern California That Most People Stay Far, Far Away From

When it comes to all-time lows, both figuratively and literally, you just can’t get any lower than California’s Bombay Beach. For starters, it’s located at the southern end of the San Andreas Fault. So close, in fact, that on Monday of this week more than 200 earthquakes hit Bombay Beach. But that’s nothing in comparison to the luckless history surrounding this community on the Salton Sea.

In 2010, the U.S. Census-designated area known as Bombay Beach had a recorded population of 295 residents, down from 366 in the 2000 census. Most residents live in an area segregated from the ruins depicted in this article.

Robin Jarvis
Robin Jarvis is a staff writer for She's traveled to five of the seven continents and currently lives 35-feet in the air in a treehouse in the Southeastern U.S. When she's not writing, she's dreaming of her next trip.