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Winterhaven - California Port of Entry - Inspection Station

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2005 - 2017.

The California Port of Entry in Winterhaven sits at the base of the hill topped by the former Fort Yuma, now Saint Thomas Indian Mission. The railroad track is still in use and crosses the Colorado River just a few hundred feet beyond. The Inspection Station building, which sits beside old Highway 80, is no longer in use and the highway is just a local road. The old highway continues across the Ocean to Ocean Highway bridge about 200 feet south. This once proud building is deteriorating. It looks structurally sound except for the tile roof and just needs new glass and a good cleaning. In a more populated and affluent community, public attention would rally to preserve it, but here, its future is in doubt. Does anyone want to start a preservation effort?
Street Side
Looking southeast at west side from across Highway 80. Photo date: 3-12-05.
Track Side
East side, facing the railroad. Photo date: 3-13-05.
Loose and missing roof tiles on the east side. Photo date: 3-13-05.
Track Side
East side, facing the railroad. Photo date: 3-13-05.

North corner. Photo date: 2-15-09.

West side of open section. Old Highway 80 at right. Photo date: 2-15-09.

The open area. Photo date: 2-15-09.

Looking south along the center of the open area. Photo date: 2-15-09.

Room opening to the east side.

There is no protection for this crumbling building and the interior is filled with trash and debris.
Looking Toward Arizona
Looking south toward Arizona. Note the Guard Tower of Yuma Prison State Historic Park at center. Photo date: 3-13-05.
A bit of extra rail beside the track in image to left. Photo date:

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