|Actis Gardens Sign - Mojave, California|
"Actis Gardens" is not a typo. The place was really called that. Actis was the name of a tiny town south of Mojave, California that existed from 1918 to 1927. Mining and the railroad are why Actis existed. Only a handful of homes are still in the area.
Despite the name, there were no gardens at Actis Gardens. Instead, there were 10 "cabins" that were basically one-bedroom apartments. The place was found along old Sierra Highway across the street from a railroad mainline in a lonely section of the Mojave Desert. Rent was cheap, and the renters were typically poor.
|Junk Pile - Mojave, California|
Someone said that Actis Gardens was built in the 1940's and someone else said the 1950's. It is possible that there is truth to both claims (perhaps not all of it was constructed at the same time). In 1984 a fire burned the place down. Apparently three children died in that fire.
Not a lot remains today. One building still stands, although it is not clear if it was actually a part of Actis Gardens or if it was a next door neighbor. The sign still stands, acting like a memorial to those who called this place home, and to those who never got to leave. The foundations are still in place. What's left of the cabins are now junk piles slowly returning to the desert.
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The house that still stands is abandoned. It appears as if someone continued to live in it well after Actis Gardens was no more. No one currently lives there and it has been at least several years since someone has.
I used a Nokia Lumia 1020 to capture these photographs.
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