Built in 1959, the Imperial Palace was originally called the Flamingo Capri until renamed and remodeled to a vaguely Asian theme in 1979. It is known for its auto collection, some 250 antique cars (all for sale). The casino went through an extremely controversial period in the mid-1980s, when a couple was attacked and assaulted in their hotel rooms, and the hotel owner Ralph Engelstad was outed as a Nazi supporter. The hotel has been purchased by Harrah's and as of 2013 has been renamed the Quad. Paradise, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Founded in 1936 by Robert Wian in Burbank, California, Bob's Big Boy is one of the earliest burger joints in the United States, innovating the Big Boy double-decked hamburger, the precursor to the Big Mac,as well as the Googie design. The mascot was created by a Warner Brothers cartoonist based on Richard Woodruff, a chubby kid that worked odd jobs at Wian's early stand. At its height in the 1960s, Big Boy had franchised out to more than 1000 restaurants across the nation, and Wian cashed out. Marriott ran the franchise, and evidently did not help the brand, as franchisees began splitting off- restaurant lineages include Frisch's and Eat'n'Park in the Midwest, Shoney's in the South, and JB's in the Southwest. Bob's Big Boy, the original Southern California branch, went into decline but has stabilized with several spots around the Greater Los Angeles area. I am not certain how this Baker's restaurant fits in, as it is not included on the Bob's Big Boy website. Baker, California
The site of Soda Springs, frequented by Native Americans and later a stop on the Mojave Road and then the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, Zzyzx was founded by radio evangelist, Methodist, and medical quack Curtis Springer, who in 1944 staked a mining claim and quickly built the health spa that he named for being "the last word in health". Zzyzx quickly grew to a small tent camp, and Springer hired hobos from Skid Row in Los Angeles to build concrete buildings for him, including a church, mineral baths, a radio broadcast studio, and a private airstrip. Springer gained popularity on his radio programs, which mixed religious music, evangelism, and snake oil sales, and by the 1960s he was making money selling lots to supporters. Of course, the land was still owned by the US government, which figured out that Springer was not mining in the traditional way and finally evicted him in 1974. Springer spent the rest of his life in Las Vegas, and the confiscated buildings are now the Desert Study Center under the California State University System. Millions of California travelers pass by on Interstate 15 each year heading towards Las Vegas; many notice this sign leading to the old spa; most that do simply scratch their heads at "the last word in health". Baker, California
1219m in height, Tehachapi Pass divides the San Joaquin Valley from the Mojave Desert. The Tehachapi Wind Farm, one of the largest in the state, is located here. There are plans to triple the size of the farm to 130km^2. Tahachapi Pass, Tehachapi, California