Amboy is what remains of a small town deep in the Mojave desert. Amboy was never very large and now has around 4 residents. The settlement of Amboy dates to the 1800s but the town's most prosperous period began after Route 66 was built through the town in 1938. Amboy's remoteness made it a good place to build services for travelers. After interstate 40 was built to the north in 1973 the flow of traffic through Amboy dried up.
South of Amboy is Bristol Dry lake bed. Salt has been mined from the lake bed for many many years resulting in long rows of cone shaped piles of overburden and trenches filled with unnaturally blue-green water. It's a very interesting thing to see in the otherwise featureless desert. Also near by is the Amboy volcanic crater.