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B.Baxter Matheny Email
08/29

Where do you live now? Littlerock, CA

How many years were you in the desert? Four years at Little Lake CA in 1950s, many more in other deserts!

Are you willing to help with pictures? Yes, of Little Lake in mid-1950s.

Are you willing to help with stories? Can contribute about Little Lake.

Comments:
    Little Lake may have continued in the years following rerouting of the highway, but not thriving on the scale I remember.  Someone described online how it had become an "armpit."  Once it was quite different.  My parents Burl Sr and Isabel Matheny owned and operated Little Lake Hotel & CafĂ© in the mid-1950s, and they brought it its real glory, developing the business amazingly.  Customers praised us.  We paid Merle Porter, Royal Pictures, to produce the first ever color postcard, seen here.  We revitalized the hotel, installed the neon sign, built the swimming pool, added the souvenir business.  My parents and my sister Charlotte (all deceased now) and I loved Little Lake so much we considered it to have defined us as a family!  After news of the coming highway diversion, business sense led us to sell.  But we never regained what we'd lost, nor were we ever able to forget.  Charlotte cried when passing Little Lake years later.  And I have been homesick for it my whole life, devastated by its reduction to ghosttown then destruction.  At 65 today, I collect photos and mementos of those happiest times we ever knew.  
From Little Lake days, always...B.Baxter Matheny  " rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://[URL=http://s145.photobucket.com/user/bbax1/media/Wallpaper1_zps0b1c486c.png.html]


Tim Ridlon Email
08/10

Where do you live now? Perrysburg, OH

How many years were you in the desert? 1960 to 1968

Are you willing to help with pictures? Yes if I have any. Will have to look.

Are you willing to help with stories? If I can.

Comments:
I lived at 34A Ashworth Place. Based on google map those houses are gone.


frank hahn Email
07/08

Where do you live now? port moody

How many years were you in the desert? none

Are you willing to help with pictures? yes

Are you willing to help with stories? yes

Comments:
fantastic photos and stories!
thank you


Barbara Downard 
06/30

Where do you live now? LakeIsabella Ca

How many years were you in the desert? 21 yrs

Are you willing to help with pictures? Yes

Are you willing to help with stories? Sure

Comments:
Great sight...enjoying all the stories.


Mark Pohl Email
06/11

Where do you live now? Walnut Creek, CA

How many years were you in the desert? 10

Are you willing to help with pictures? Yes

Are you willing to help with stories? Yes

Comments:
I lived in China Lake and Ridgecrest from 1971 thru 1980. I moved away to go to college but I drive thru every so often to see how things have changed.  Above all other places I lived as a kid, I consider Ridgecrest the place where I grew up. I once made a Burroughs High School, Class of 1980, web page to put on this site. However, the webmaster was living out his final days and died before it could be uploaded. Still, the class of 1980 is unrepresented. If you know who runs this site now, I'm eager to put a page on this site.
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