Photographer's Note

When I posted another Trona shot yesterday, I noted that if anyone from the Trona Chamber of Commerce reads TE, I'm going to get one nasty phone call. This shot may make the phone call even nastier, but I wanted to show how in Trona, it seems that ruined things (wrecked cars, a burned house) are not removed, let alone replaced--they are left to stand as monuments, enhancing the eerie and desolate feel of the place. That feel has reminded several people on TE of the opening scenes of the Wim Wenders movie "Paris, Texas," in which desolateness plays a central role.

I'm actually not too worried about the nasty phone call, because I found this on the web, from February 2002 Trona Chamber of Commerce meeting minutes: "New Business: The future of the Chamber was discussed. A vote was taken on whether or not to dissolve the Chamber due to lack of interest on the part of the Trona businesses. The vote was unanimous to dissolve the Chamber effective today so that our secretary can start the job of dissolution."

In the distance is the dry lakebed, from which minerals including soda ash and borax are mined, and processed in the town's chemical plants. Trona itself is named after a mineral, the main ingredient in natron, which is a key substance in the mummification process developed by the ancient Egyptians. So that could explain the dead cars.

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