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    "Ghost Towns"

    I have always been facinated when I happen upon a ghost town. It's a pretty common event in the western u.s.a. Funny thing is as fasinating as I find them they also remind me of the O.C. as of late. Which hasen't exactly peaked my interest. Take it as you will tell or show ghost town adventures or your thoughts on the O.C. being a ghost town lately. Blah,blah,blah it's nice weather and people are out enjoying the outdoors. Here is a list of ghost town in Colorado. Pretty interesting stuff. List of ghost towns in Colorado - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Thread requires pics. A couple of sights from a local ghost town.

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    Cool! I know Arizona has plenty.
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    Just south of me is Ruby, and ONE DAY I will get there! Fascinating...
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    AZ probably knows of this one, an old mercury mine over by Sunflower.

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    The old mines are one thing, a whole town quite another...

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    This is Ruby now, well-preserved. Apparently there's an old hippie lives there as a kind of curator, and you can arrange to go visit. Lot of history, and being so close to the border, often violent.
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    Very true, rockerc. What I find really fascinating, is the fact that these "ghost" towns really aren't that old. 100-200 years. the cliff dwellings around here are what, 1000-1600 years old? I am amazed when they are excavating in places like Rome and uncover evidence 30 ft or deeper of long covered up civilization. There could very well be signs of advanced civilization from 100,000+ years ago buried deep enough that it will never be found. Our current existence is but a blink.

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    In my late teens in the late seventies I did lot of mountain trail riding in Colorado on my motorcycle. I remember riding way up in the high country just below timberline. I was on an old logging road and noticed an old over grown singletrack. So my adventurous side took over and I started up it. I could barely make out where the trail once was. As I got in a couple miles it turned to thick forest. After a mile or so of that I stopped for a break. So I'm sitting on a boulder in the middle of a thick wooded aea. When,I notice a strange object about 100 feet a way. I walk over to it and found an old cabin built into the hillside. Made up of rock and old timber with major tree,bush and moss growth hiding it. It was only about 20' x 15'. After checking it out I came to the conclusion that it was an old fur trappers cabin. I bet it was from the late 1800's. Way cool but also it sent a slight chill up my spine. I flipped a U- turn and boogied out of there. I wish I had photo's.
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    As far as the OC being a ghost town, it too like many ghost towns will in time be repopulated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Very true, rockerc. What I find really fascinating, is the fact that these "ghost" towns really aren't that old. 100-200 years. the cliff dwellings around here are what, 1000-1600 years old? I am amazed when they are excavating in places like Rome and uncover evidence 30 ft or deeper of long covered up civilization. There could very well be signs of advanced civilization from 100,000+ years ago buried deep enough that it will never be found. Our current existence is but a blink.
    In a way tho Optimus, that is precisely what makes them so fascinating in their own way. This country is so vast, with huge areas so deserted, that it is very interesting to be able to see how history is so fleeting. Some of these places almost seem like they grew up on a whim and blew away immediately... I'll bet there's a place somewhere called 'Whim'...
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    Hmm, not sure about it being a place name, but I did find this:

    Urban Dictionary: whim

    # 1 is a new one for this Brit... how things seem to change... on a whim!
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    Found one!

    Whim Creek, Western Australia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    "Whim Creek was renowned for its alcoholic camel which used to drink patrons' beers before being relocated to Wiluna, suffering from cirrhosis of the liver, and a large python which used to live within the rafters above the bar."

    Yup, Tone's has been there...
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    Tone's is probably the mayor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    Hmm, not sure about it being a place name, but I did find this:

    Urban Dictionary: whim

    # 1 is a new one for this Brit... how things seem to change... on a whim!
    Got a whim, on a whim.

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    I haven't been to any ghost towns, but have found some interesting pics of old abandoned buildings a couple of places.
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    Chernobyl. Ghost town on a grand scale

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    "Ghost Towns"

    Check out this abandoned navel air station above port deposit md. It's. great place to explore on google earth. There are bunches of abandoned buildings there. It was called bainbridge navel air station

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    I grew up in Northern Ontario where mining and logging have been the main industries for over 100 years. There were countless mines in the Timmins region

    This is the spot where there was a settlement of 60 mining homes that were leased to workers with families at the Dome Mine (a very prosperous gold mine). The settlement was "abandoned" due to the company evicting the residents in order to open pit mine the area. The mine expanded, in the 1990s when gold prices rose, the people of the settlement were evicted and the homes were razed.

    I went to school with kids who lived in this settlement. Now its a field

    You can see the mine tailings in the background which become a man-made "mountain"

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    Very interesting MiniTrail and crossracer.

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    Lots of ghost towns in the eastern sierras. Probably the most well known is Bodie, which is now a state park kept in "arrested decay"


    Town of Ghosts from Colin Rich on Vimeo.




    Keeler isn't quite a ghost town yet, but spooky nonetheless
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    Some interesting stuff in here. I'm always curious of what you can find in abandoned old buildings. Especially when they are out in the middle of nowhere.
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    A good read, if anyone reads

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    Living in wonderful Bend, Oregon, I am within a two hour drive of many, if not most, of the ghost towns listed here. I have visited quite a few, and absolutely love exploring them. I have a true sense of nostalgia about all things historical.

    Ghost Towns of Oregon - Alphabetical listing

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    I wish I could remember the name of a documentary from iirc, the discovery channel, about a recent ghost town and the effects of nature had from a time-lapse that had on it.

    Makes me feel good about the future when we no longer exist.. at least nature will overcome our neglect. Damn, and the name was just on the tip of my tongue, too ><

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