High Desert Memories - A Hometown Journal Commemorating Ridgecrest California
My first trip to Little Lake was in 1943. I don't remember much about it except that I was very surprised to find such a Hotel and other buildings out in the middle of nowhere. There was a gas station, hotel and other buildings associated with the hotel. Althogh I never experienced it myself, I have been told that there were desert diamonds to be found in the hills and cliffs around the Little Lake location as well as arrow heads left by the indians. It wasn't long after that initial experience that I actually found out why Little Lake was founded and the service it performed for the people long before that time. For a History of Little Lake go HERE
A landmark that tells you that you are approaching Little Lake is the Cindercone mountain that is nearby. It could be seen for several miles before you reached Little Lake and was to me a welcome sight as it meant right around the corner was home.
Little Lake in the very early 40's or late 30's. Note that the rock face is not on the hotel yet.
Little Lake in the late 40's is quite a thriving little road way stop for many of the folks heading back and forth to the Sierra playgrounds.
Here we see a picture of the hotel in the 50's and it is clearly a waypoint for tourists.
Then the Hwy 395 bypass is built and Little Lake inmediately starts to see a drop in business.
A view of the actual Little Lake which is where the place got its name. It is shown here on the right side of the Hwy headed north on 395.
The Southern Pacific Railroad has now ceased to bear traffic and the rails are soon to be taken up. Little Lakes fate is written on the books already. It is now abandoned and for sale signs put up on the hotel and other buildings. To no avail though as I am given to understand the buildings have been destroyed and removed now.