|The Vista Del Lago Visitor Center is a cool and refreshing stop along I-5|
|A zigzag line was the Egyptian symbol for water|
A stepwell is a stairway into the earth, leading to an underground pool. Invented in the late sixth century, these ingenious devices allowed people to collect water at various levels, depending on the height of the water table at different times of year. Stepwells were both practical sources of water and beautiful structures. They were widely used for hundreds of years. Then, during the mid-nineteenth century, as modern water pumps and plumbing replaced the need for open wells, most stepwells were abandoned and fell into disrepair. Today, some have been restored and preserved as historic sites.
Another room provides a time-line of the development of water resources in California during the last century. The doorway into the exhibit is the actual diameter of the pipe that carries water from the Castaic power plant at the end of the lake!
For more information about Pyramid Lake and the Vista Del Lago Visitor Center, click here.
Note: Unlike many of California's reservoirs which are severely depleted because of the drought, Pyramid Lake is nearly full.