In 1968 the Borrego Mountain quake struck at Mw 6.5. It was the largest and most damaging quake to have hit southern California since the Kern County earthquake, 16 years earlier. It was felt as far away as Las Vegas, Fresno, and even Yosemite Valley. The quake caused damage across most of southern California -- power lines were severed in San Diego County, plaster cracked in Los Angeles, and the Queen Mary, in drydock at Long Beach, rocked back and forth on its keel blocks for 5 minutes.
Antelope Valley, California - Antelope Valley is located in northern Los Angeles County, California and the southeast portion of Kern County, California, and constitutes the western tip of the Mojave Desert. It is situated between the Tehachapi and the San Gabriel Mountains. The valley was named for the pronghorns that are said to have roamed there until being eliminated by hunters and bad weather in the 1880s. The principal cities in the Antelope Valley are Palmdale and Lancaster.
Done. Irrigation ditch in field in Kern County, California. For an east Texas kid uprooted from rivers and lakes these ditches became the new swimming holes. Wouldn't dare do it today with all the chemicals.