The Auto Club of Southern California had free drinking fountains built that resembled old-fashioned wishing wells. They are still there, but out of order.
These desert towns are now essentially "ghost towns." But, between some of them there are interesting signs and messages formed of rocks. I was interested in the various dry washes that evidently at times host floods.
Twenty miles east of Essex, Jack Mitchell found a limestone cavern in the Providence Mountains. He single-handedly built a road to Essex to attract travelers.
Along with the rock art, you can find shoe trees and even a boxer short tree.
Things to Do Out in a Desert. --RoadDog