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Notary in Blythe
Boy, talk about possessive people. The folks in Blythe, Calif., are so obsessive about their cowboy roots that they passed a law. You can't wear cowboy boots in that town unless you own two cows. That's to keep the dudes out. I'd bet you could get away with it if you tried, but keep in mind, it's still l on the books.
Boots aside, the traveling notary in Blythe, with whom you can do business wherever it's convenient, insists that it's a great place to live. However, they do have ghosts, he'll swear. When he has jobs that require that he travel, he tries to avoid Lost Lake Road where people have reported seeing an aged Indian outfitted with a feathered headdress, vest and old cowboy clothes. He is old, they say, with grayish-black hair and a very wrinkled face, just as you'd expect of an ancient Native American Chief. You can believe the Blythe notary or not, but local tradition has it that the Native American Chief's Ghost ensures that you're never alone on the lonely road. He's somewhat of a local legend and it deepens with each new sighting.
Some of the locals conjecture that the midnight road wanderer is a see-through remnant of a 1970s ad campaign that featured an old chief whose job was to pick up the trash thrown out of passing autos by eco-slobs. Never mind that the actor who played the role of Chief Iron Eyes was actually a Scicilian with a lot of makeup on.
Well, believe what you like about the Lost Lake Road Ghost, but you can believe what the Blythe notary tells you about the Blythe Intaglios. This is Sonoran Desert country, folks., near the Colorado River and so close to Mexico you could fall right over the Mexican border without knowing it. The first settlers saw it as cattle country, but time proved that cotton was a better money-producer. Annual production of cotton in the early 1900s topped $8 million annually. What helped the phenomenon along was the arrival of railroads in the area.
Oh, and about those intaglios. They are geoglyphs, ancient pictures that some long-forgotten natives etched into the desert, scratching dark-colored layers of soil down to a lighter and more durable layer. Scientists remain uncertain about who did the ancient artwork, what the figures represent or exactly how old they are, although carbon dating has put some of them in the era from 900 BC to 1200 AD.
The ancient pictures are best seen from the air, but for someone like the traveling notary in Blythe, they can be found about 15 miles north of the town, just west of Highway 95 near the Colorado River.