In the 1960s, Vidal became the desert headquarters of an LA cult with connections to Charles Manson. Sixty or seventy in number, they called themselves the Solar Lodge, and began building a gigantic structure out of old Quonset huts, a refuge to flee to when the coming race war started, they said. The "Ark," they called it. (An apocalyptic race war was one of the ideas Manson was fixed on, if you'll recall...) It's all a little hard to sort out now, but the Solar Lodge bunch were also followers to some extent of British Satanist, bisexual, and recreational drug user Aleister Crowley. (Jean Brayton, the middle-aged leader of this little band of miscreants maintained she was the reincarnation of Crowley.)
Four were convicted of felony child endangerment and got 6 months in jail, (hopefully the boy's father was one of these) and three had their charges dismissed for lack of evidence. Jean Brayton took it on the lam and fled the state before she could be arrested but showed up three years later, pled guilty, and received a $500 fine and three years probation. The story goes that she moved to Argentina and died there, but that's not definitive, just a thread that goes nowhere.
Well... every old building has a story, no?