North Shore, California
North Shore and North Shore Beach are small communities on the north shore of the Salton Sea. The towns were originally developed in the late 1950s as resorts and grew throughout the 1960s. The increasingly noxious and receding waters of the Salton Sea have effectively killed the once thriving tourist industry on it's shores. North Shore still has 3,477 residents who mostly live in developments away from the Salton Sea shore. Cheap land and year-round warm temperatures continue to attract retired people and others on fixed incomes. The North Shore Beach area used to have several hotels/motels. They sat abandoned for many years and have recently been demolished. Many of the homes in the North Shore Beach area have also been demolished leaving only a few standing buildings. One of the remaining buildings is the former North Shore Beach and Yacht Club. This interesting Art-Deco resort building was constructed in 1962 and sat abandoned for many years until it was renovated and reoccupied recently. It now houses the Salton Sea History Museum and some county government functions.
There are three or so well maintained homes in the old center of North Shore Beach but otherwise most of the town has been "cleaned up" and the Yacht club is one of the only surviving structures from it's resort period. I have not been to the museum but I'm sure it's very interesting. There is access to the Salton Sea shore via the museum parking area. There is also a state park with Salton Sea access just South of North Shore. Bombay Beach, a few miles southeast and Salton City on the western shore of the Salton Sea are other interesting, nearby places to explore along the shores of this bizarre, slightly toxic, accidental sea.
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