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Vintage Video: For Those Who've Wondered WTF That Zzyzx Place Is On the Road to Vegas

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Some things haven't changed: Chances are, if you've driven to Las Vegas, you've wondered how the heck an exit came to be known as Zzyzx Road. In this fun vintage 1976 video clip of a KNBC segment sent to us by a reader, you can stop scratching your head and learn about the origins of Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Curtis Springer--the man behind it all.

KNBC News re: Zzyzx from Sunny & Mild Media on Vimeo.

As the video explains, Springer ran his health spa on the site from 1944 to 1974. In 1976, the California State Universities took over the property, and continue to this day to use it as their Desert Studies Center.

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Now you can be the smarty pants in the car on your next Vegas road trip!