June 3, 2023

Eagle Mountain, Calif., sits nestled simply exterior the Joshua Tree Nationwide Park, about three hours east of Los Angeles. Nobody has lived there for roughly 40 years, however a mysterious purchaser simply paid $22.6 million for the ghost city.

The ten,000-acre web site has been a go-to location for filmmakers, with key scenes in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me having been shot there. Late final month, although, an organization referred to as Ecology Mountain Holdings purchased the property. Its plans for the world stay unclear.

Eagle Mountain was, at one time, an organization city for Kaister Metal’s mining operations. Hundreds of employees used to name it residence, after a day of excavating ire ore from close by mountainsides. By 1983, although, the mine had shut down—and the city with it, leaving the stays of tons of of stucco and plaster houses and a 350-seat recreation corridor to the ravages of time.

Past its onscreen appearances, the land has been focused for a lot of initiatives, none of which has ever actually come to long-term fruition. In 2000, Los Angeles County purchased the land for $41 million, with designs of utilizing it as a landfill, however that failed after a protracted authorized battle.

Fifteen years later, there was discuss of constructing a hydropower plant within the space, however conservation teams scuttled these plans. And for a short while, it housed a correctional facility, however that closed in 2003 after a riot.

Ecology Mountain Holdings doesn’t have a notable presence in California, past a enterprise tackle in Cerritos. SFGate stories that it’s finest recognized for its trucking fleet, which makes use of massive purple rigs.

An internet site for Ecology Transportation Companies, which shares the Cerritos tackle, says the vans are used “for bulk waste, recyclables, heavy haul/oversize masses, and containers to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Lengthy Seashore.”

One doable trace about Ecology’s plans may lie in close by Desert Middle (a couple of half-hour south of the ghost city). In 2021, trucking large Balwinder S. Wraich bought greater than 1,000 acres there, with plans to construct a truck cease, fuel station, lodge and quick meals eating places.

“My aim is to get one thing massive within the subsequent two years,” he advised SFGate. “It’s going to assist the neighborhood.”