Colton is a rust-belt city misplaced sixty miles east of Los Angeles. The town grew up around a depot that was built in 1874 at the junction of the transcontinental trunk lines of the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe. In 1891, the California Portland Cement Company opened, and with it came dust, smoke, and eventually a nuisance suit by the owners of the adjacent citrus orchards. The orchards are gone; the cement company remains. Today Colton is one of the poorest cities in California, struggling to overcome its legacy of brownfields and superfund sites. The few remaining relatively undisturbed open spaces are the last 2 percent of the Delhi Sand Dunes. A fly endemic to this...

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