The Salton Sea was created in 1905 when the Colorado river breached a dike and flooded for two years, creating California's largest lake. Tourism soon boomed, with watersports, fishing, spas and yacht clubs opening, attracting the rich and famous, including: Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, the Beach Boys, Jerry Lewis, and the Marx Brothers. Tropical storms in 1976 and 1977 destroyed marinas and resorts, triggering a prolonged economic decline. Environmental catastrophes, rising salinity and a receding shoreline caused tourism to plummet. Now, nearly all residents have moved away, leaving behind something that feels apocalyptic.