In the Spring of 1907, The Colorado River, during its annual spring rampage the year before had broken its banks and began transforming the Salton Sink into the Salton Sea. All the king's horses and all the king's men--the Southern Pacific Railroad and the United States Government had failed, for nearly a year, to stem the flood. So was born the largest inland body of water in California. It rose to greatness as a travel destination, growing hotels and motels with reckless abandon. Unfortunately the Sea was doomed from the beginning and eventually began to die. In the wake of its demise are the remnants of that once flourishing hospitality.