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Location DB > United States > California > Niland > Dry Ice Plant
Dry Ice Plant
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created by thoughtcriminal on 9/28/2007 12:08 AM
last modified by thoughtcriminal on 9/21/2008 3:43 AM
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Ruins of an adobe building, mineral bath tubs, and lots of mud. Abandoned vehicles. Some evidence of recent activity, fresh tire tracks in the area.
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Type: Ruins
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Davis Road
Niland, California
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • Mud
  •  Interesting Features
    Originally a dry ice factory that served the railroads, this building was later used "by a local eccentric" as a hot mineral water spa.

    There are plenty of odd geological phenomena in the area - mud pots just north of this site, and the Davis-Schrimpf seep field and mud volcanoes to the south. A mini mud volcano is right across the road.
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1920
    Closed: 1980
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    From this Archaeological Field Inventory, page 5-4 (38 of the file):

    In the same area as the observed mud pots and mud volcanoes is a carbon dioxide well field that was associated with an adobe dry ice plant that used to exist on the southeast corner of Davis Road and Pound Road (Cain 2005), outside of the APE. The well field and dry ice plant were constructed by Cardex Western Company during the 1920s or 1930s (Koon 2005). Cardex Western ceased operations at this location sometime before 1955. After Cardex Western closed their ice house, the building and land southeast of the intersection of Davis Road and Pound Road was purchased by a local eccentric who constructed a hot mineral water spa during the 1970s (Koon 2005). The main dry ice plant building was refurbished for guest services and concrete soaking tubs, similar to Roman baths, were installed around the main building. The spa venture was unsuccessful in the long run and the complex was abandoned in the 1970s or 1980s.

    From this draft environmental impact statement, page 2-19 (46 of the file):

    The project archaeologist recorded a remnant 1920s carbon dioxide well field. ... These carbon dioxide wells were installed between 1934 and 1944 by the Cardex Western Company for the retrieval of carbon dioxide gas for the production of dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide). Carbon dioxide gas, recovered from pockets 61 to 213 meters deep, was converted to dry ice for refrigeration (San Diego State University Center for Inland Waters 2005). Much of the production was supplied to the railroads for icing refrigerator cars. The project was abandoned in 1954 when other refrigeration technology became available.
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    Ice Plant and Spa, May 2007
    Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
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    USGS map shows the surrounding CO2 wells.

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