As many of you may know, I get my inspiration from places around me. The Desert Town Angels series started from two articles I read, one about the tamarisk plant sucking up all the water in the desert and an article about a town for sale in the desert.
A while back, I was reading in the paper about an old desert town turning 100. For $25 I could get a brick and a name on the wall in the courtyard, so I did. I love history and this was a chance to be a part of it.
If you don’t know where Goodsprings is, but you have driven to Vegas on Interstate 15 from California, you have passed it. It’s the Jean exit toward Sandy Valley where the Nevada Landing steamboat casino used to be.
Goodsprings is where Clark Gable waited in the Pioneer Saloon for news of his beloved Carole Lombard who died in a plane crash not far from Vegas. The Ghost Bar is a favorite for ghost hunters.
There is a saloon and a gift shop and a new dining patio that lights up at night and I will be going there again for some salmon … when it’s not 110 degrees.
Hope you have a chance to visit. Just bring plenty of water and watch out for flash floods when driving in the southwestern area this time of year. The desert is beautiful and dangerous at the same time, but if you’re prepared you can see some things you won’t see anywhere else in the world.
Like 100-year-old Western saloons. So cool.