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Zabriskie names "Man of the Year" by A. Desert Sage Each year the ghost town of Zabriskie California (corn- has accumulated over the area, as well as on the highway monly call Dodge City today), on the historic, but now roadside. It would be served well with a general cleanup. abandoned, Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, comes to It could also allay any cause for action, on the part of the life like the phoenix. Zabriskie is about five miles south of health department, or the land owner. Shoshone and three miles northwest of Tecopa Hot Springs. This year, one man (we will call him "Bob") became the It becomes the winter home for visitors from places as near source of that cleanup. He arrived sometime in September as Pahrump, and as far away as Central Europe. These and began the project early in October, to not only pick up winter residents augment the sole year-around occupant, the trash in the camp proper, but also, along Greenwater who maintains a camp on the outskirts of Zabriskie. road onto the mesa west of Zabriskie, along Highway 127, They arrive as early as and the three miles of county September using all modes road form the highway june- of transportation. They tion to Tecopa Hot Springs. come with mountain bikes ' They seek the desert for The litter gathering was and tents, trucks, vans and not just from the graded motor homes. Some lack the its beauty, its solitude and dtches along the road. It fee for an RV Park, while included some 150 to 200 others arrive in vehicles its healing properties for feet on either side of the whichmustcostoverahun- road. It was an accumula- dred thousand dollars. Some daily come to stay overnight, oth- stress" tion of worn tires, old bat- teries, car parts, metal roof- ers for a week or a month , , ing, as well as the usual cans, and not a few for the entire glass, paper and plastic. It winter season. They seek the desert for its beauty, its was not pounds, or hundreds of pounds, it was thousands solitude and its healing properties for daily stress, of pounds of debris. Disposal presented a secondary prob- Some select a site near the junction of Highway 127 and lem. A problem which was solved through the cooperation Tecopa Hot Springs road. While others find the areas of the local personnel of the Inyo County Road Depart- further west along the desert road developed by the Car- merit. Pickup of the collected litter was made from the bonate Lead Mine in 1913, to haul the galena ore from roadside, using county trucks, and taken to the solid waste g Death Valley to the railroad at Zabriskie. Certain groups disposal site. and those seeking the greatest solitude frequently find the Now "Bob" is a rather modest and shy person, seeking BLM mesa some miles west along the oid Greenwaterroad his privacy when it comes to platitudes and accolades. to their liking. However, it was at the November 11, Tecopa Senior's Zabriskie is private land owned by the successors of the meeting at the Community Center that the winter residents Amargosa Borax Works. The winter visitors have used this of Zabriskie (Dodge City) declared "Bob" their "Man of the private land over the past 25 or more years at the discretion Year." While the Tecopa Seniors were expressing their of the owners. Each year, the rumors circulate that the site gratitude for his community involvement, one oftbe winter is going to be closed to camping. Probably due to the trash residents of Zabriskie offered the first $25, in "Bob's" honor, and waste water dumping which occasionally occurs. Each for the community service which he had rendered. This year, the rumors have not resulted in the land being posted, resulted in what seems to be a ground-swell, as the contri- Of course, over the years a considerable amount of trash butions were received from those of his camping associates, as well as the members and visitors to the communities i Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, November 27, 1997 19 Monitoring Service Avadable For Homes & Business Immediate Communication and ation Oi Child V'mitation. Personal 727-1609 Harrasment/Intimidati0n ltch K Children GOOD OLE Mail n ' Message Packing & Shipping Storage (Inits Available Business Cards Engraving Good Ole' Bob A l's Tire & Auto Repair of Tecopa and Shoshone. Being the person that he is, "Bob" has asked that the funds collected be donated for the benefit of the "younger children at (Tecopa Francis Elemen- tary) school." Transfer of the funds to the school is being arranged to comply with his wishes. 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