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Zzyzx Road along the I-15 in California

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In Zzyzx, California

Zzyzx Road is a 4.5 mile / 7.2 km long, part paved and part dirt, rural collector road in the Mojave Desert. It runs from Interstate 15 generally south to the Zzyzx settlement.

The name Zzyzx, pronounced /ˈzaɪˌzɪks/ (pronounced as "Zie-zix" with the accent on the first syllable, rhyming with "Isaac's", not "physics"), was given to the area in 1944 by Curtis Howe Springer, claiming it to be the last word in the English language. Springer made up the word's pronunciation. He established the Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Spa at the spot, which was federal land that he had no permission to use. He used Zzyzx until 1974, when he was arrested by the United States Marshals for misuse of the land as well as alleged violations of food and drug laws, and the land was confiscated by the government.

Go here for more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zzyzx_road

teemus, akeg, alhuresall, RAV7113, and 54 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. slworking2 89 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the favorites, everyone. :-)

  2. booboo8130 89 months ago | reply

    i didn't realize it until it was almost posted, but i wrote the same thing eileen wrote... and in your defense, i don't get out much, so when i see signs from other places, it's a blast!!! we don't have anything interesting like that around here... unless we do and i've just gotten bored with it... : )

  3. nightspark_7 89 months ago | reply

    ** This was voted a MAYBE from Hit, Miss or Maybe **

  4. slworking2 89 months ago | reply

    booboo: Thanks. I love this sign and street name - it's so unique.

  5. slworking2 89 months ago | reply

    nightspark: Thank you. :-)

  6. remusandcole 89 months ago | reply

    ** This was voted a hit from Hit, Miss or Maybe **

  7. slworking2 89 months ago | reply

    remusandcole: Thank you very much. :-)

  8. alpenvorland_la 89 months ago | reply

    nice shot

    This was voted a maybe from Hit, Miss or Maybe

  9. slworking2 89 months ago | reply

    alpenvorland la: Thanks man.

  10. slworking2 87 months ago | reply

    Angela Layana: Thx for the fave.

  11. Snowfire11♥ 87 months ago | reply

    Excellent! Something about this makes me wonder if people often fall asleep on the road though (must be all those Z's!) =)

  12. slworking2 87 months ago | reply

    Snowfire11Ro: Thanks. I drive by this sign every time I go to and from Vegas and the name has always fascinated me.

  13. ds4832 87 months ago | reply

    I've got a picture of this sign..very cool! :)

  14. slworking2 86 months ago | reply

    ds4832: Thanks. Yeah, I think this is one of the coolest street names, too.

  15. desertcrops 86 months ago | reply

    Never thought of that.
    I pass there many times, I thought just the name of a road.
    Cool shot, thanks for sharing.

    Thank you for adding photo to
    San Bernardino County USA

    Please tag with "sbcusa"

  16. slworking2 86 months ago | reply

    cocoy: Thanks. I love the unusual name of this road.

  17. ssilberman 85 months ago | reply

    You did a great job with this picture. I like how you captured the environment around it. Somehow I remember seeing just brown...

  18. slworking2 85 months ago | reply

    ssilbermanlaw: Thank you. This is one of my favorite street signs. As for the landscape being greener, this shot was taken in late November - after a few rainstorms.

  19. Mark Griffith 60 months ago | reply

    I've driven by this sign many times ;)
    http://www.flickriver.com/photos/slworking/popular-interesting/ (?)

  20. slworking2 59 months ago | reply

    Mark: It's a cool sign. One of these times, I want to take a drive down the road and check out the abandoned hot springs resort.

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