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    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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    "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"


    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/52370423?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;c olor=ff0179" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/52370423">Town of Ghosts</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/deerdog">Colin Rich</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>


    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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    The O.C. is a ghost town today.
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    I haven't seen a full sized ghost town but I have seen and climbed in and around lots of mining villages and multi-structured sites. Many of them intact, too. I really get a kick out of finding intact mining machinery. It's interesting to imagine all the steps taken back then to extract precious metals from solid rock. Been in lots of mines also. Some quite deep and really scary.

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    Like others I've seen a # of abandoned mines & logging camps. One aspect of this era remains striking..

    Along the ME / Canadian border many remote lakes & rivers can only be accessed by canoe or float plane.
    It's quite an experience to be paddling in the middle of nowhere, and see a sole camp on a lake inhabited only by moose.
    A few lucky supervisors were offered land leases, built summer camps, and today their families still enjoy royal solitude.

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    Years ago I took more than a couple canoe trips at the Lake of the Woods, at the tip of Minnesota. Wish I would have had a camera, same type of stuff--random trappers cabins are scattered throughout the Alneau peninsula (actually an island.) Beautiful isolated scenery too--once you get into the center (having to portage in) you could keep hiking and canoeing for weeks or a month before you saw another group--excluding the occasional float plane.

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    I can't recall what ATV trail I rode between Salida CO and Royal Gorge but its on the right side of US 50 going towards Cripple Creek. There is an ol cabin with a skeleton below the floor board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpmffitz View Post
    I can't recall what ATV trail I rode between Salida CO and Royal Gorge but its on the right side of US 50 going towards Cripple Creek. There is an ol cabin with a skeleton below the floor board.
    So you actually "visually saw" a human skeleton below the floor board's. Or heard of one being there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    "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...
    Yep, i had a very close relationship with a drunk camel in Whim creek, wonder what ever happened to that camel? it disappeared after a few kiwis moved in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dickeydoo View Post
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    The O.C. is a ghost town lately.
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    Here's your thread Opti
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    Never completed train tunnel from the 1880's, high up in the side of the Mogollon Rim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    The O.C. is a ghost town today.
    Yes it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Yes it is.
    I see that you're talking to yourself again. Perhaps you've been haunted by a ghost?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mookie View Post
    I see that you're talking to yourself again. Perhaps you've been haunted by a ghost?
    Nobody else here to talk back so I have to amuse myself. I think this site is going downhill fast. Not just the OC but all other forums are a shadow of what they once were. At any particular time you'd be hard pressed to find more than 4 people posting at any given time. Compared to the 20 or more at any given time just 6 months ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I think this site is going downhill fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Nobody else here to talk back so I have to amuse myself. I think this site is going downhill fast. Not just the OC but all other forums are a shadow of what they once were. At any particular time you'd be hard pressed to find more than 4 people posting at any given time. Compared to the 20 or more at any given time just 6 months ago.
    I know General is really boring, probably more than it has ever been. I've said it before and I'll say it again, when half the OC is banned or self banned then the place hurts. I think the master plan was to shut the OC down and I think that has, in certain respects, been accomplished. I'm guessing we surprised the muckety mucks by sticking around after all the OC specific changes were implemented.

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    DJ here's my video I posted a few years ago of a cool ghost town in central NV. Hamilton at 8k'. Some footage of creepy cemetery where someone dug up a baby's grave.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDhZ5lqTk1M

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    Quote Originally Posted by EugeneTheJeep View Post
    DJ here's my video I posted a few years ago of a cool ghost town in central NV. Hamilton at 8k'. Some footage of creepy cemetery where someone dug up a baby's grave.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDhZ5lqTk1M
    Spooky!

    Sick bastard digging up an infants grave.
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    Ghost towns: Speaking of which the OC has some issues lately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Never completed train tunnel from the 1880's, high up in the side of the Mogollon Rim.

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    BROO! Why no go inside then take a picture! im intrigue. that is fun to do hahahahahaaha

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    Anybody come across any ghost towns they'd like to share?
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    yep, this place

    Sometimes I go there and it looks like there hasn't been anyone around for years but it always makes me smile

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    Someone has to actually take a topic at face value and gum up the works!

    I'll gladly play that fool. It confuses people looking at the thread, (was it legitimate, or an inside thing?!) which sends the entire thread into utter chaos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DethWshBkr View Post
    Someone has to actually take a topic at face value and gum up the works!

    I'll gladly play that fool. It confuses people looking at the thread, (was it legitimate, or an inside thing?!) which sends the entire thread into utter chaos.
    This thread is a ghost town thread. Whether it be discussing actual ghost towns which is the what the thread is meant for. Or even the underlying fact that sometimes this forum is a ghost town. Both can be discussed within the thread.

    And it looks I've got plenty within reach to explore.

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    I thought a cool twist on this thread would be "ghost town barn finds" so I googled it and this was one of the more interesting hits:

    CAR HUNTER: BARN FINDS, YES I AM A WISE GUY!
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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    I thought a cool twist on this thread would be "ghost town barn finds" so I googled it and this was one of the more interesting hits:

    CAR HUNTER: BARN FINDS, YES I AM A WISE GUY!
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    Pure darkroom print...

    ...scanned, the mtbr upload @400kb steals the silkyness and detail

    -Photographed this frame through the single pane glass in Bodie Hills (analog, nothing digital), fixed the chemicals, developed the film and finished the final silver gelatin print in b&w darkroom.
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    where was that taken deerhill?

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    I too have always been curious about the abandonment or communities or even old commuter routes. That started back home in Texas as a boy; I grew up on a hair over 28,000 acres of a cattle ranch. The old Moonlight Cattle Drive trail went right through that area. So it was only natural to grow up with a metal detector in my hand as well. LOL

    My passion for History landed me at UT of Austin where I ended up earning my Masters in History of course. Which this of course lead me to only two choices, one go home and manage that cattle ranch, or two, get the hell out of dodge on the next thing smoking and never look back.

    Long story short I ended up joining the US Army and had a wonderful 18 year career before I was medically retired. I had operated in a total of 64 countries and me being the curious one still I was always able to find my self in something folks forgot about or something folks did not want to get out.

    Needless to say my Team and I ran into lots of stuff.

    This was one of the reasons I never returned back home after I retired. I was nearly there though; housing had picked up all my things just a couple days before I got on that flight home.

    I was sitting in Atlanta airport thinking of all that could have been; well I guess anyone flying through there does that. I recalled a conversation my I had with one of my Team mates who came by to visit after they came back from the Ghan.

    He told me to make sure that I get better soon so we can go back to all the bunkers we found in Europe that where lost and pop the top on them and have a little peak. But thats normal I guess, folks tend to say lots of odd ball shit to their mates when they are all f*cked and waiting to just die.

    So I was sitting in that airport thinking, my God man, I could get on this flight and head home to run a cattle ranch that I do not know jack about anymore; or I could just call my old Team leader up and have him contact housing to pull my bike out before it is shipped home and then just go ride around and see things, find things folks should not be finding.

    Being SF our Team often worked with other NATO SF Teams, you build relationships, have fun and share stories. So of course the subject comes up among the Fox's from time to time about odd spots on maps. People are curious, this leads to a little Geospatial Intel to get a good idea of what that area is.

    Only thing was I always documented the spots my self, hell if I could I would get the image as well. Not like it was classified stuff. I would do my own research about the areas of interest to see what history was documented about the area. Often I would visit the sites, but never went while I was in the military; last thing I wanted was to end my career over some crap like that.

    So my old Team Leader secured my bike and even got over to Lisbon for me, and some of my old Team mates pitched in some other items for my long ride.

    That was back in 2004 and I am still over here riding around.

    Found many bunkers, some deep in the bush and some right off the road side that had been covered up that folks forgot about over time. But the cool stuff was the old military bases and hospitals from way back in the day, or the old farm steads, logging mills. Just places that folks left behind during the war. Yes sometimes you find some interesting stuff in bunkers, other times you find that sort of stuff that makes you call the police and tell them that you just "Found" it riding by on your bike. Wanna see something funny, call the the German police because you "found" an "open" bunker full of things that could be dangerous in the hands of retards and morons. German cops really do not do well out side of their police cars, but they sure do not fair well treking through the bush because and American claims he found a bunch things that go boom. The funnier thing is when they realize they have no cell phone signal and one has to stay behind and watch the open bunker so their partner can go back to the car and get a signal. LOL

    You run into some really cool stuff though. Still like always I have the best metal detector you can get, and that comes in real handy when you find old settlements.

    Odd things I find are old grave sites in the bush; mainly in Germany. You can just be going along well off the beat trail making your own route and suddenly come on to a few head stones with some very old dates. I of course do not detect near those, but I will have a look around the area for oddities in the natural surface and then metal detect those areas.

    If I find something historical then I contact the proper offices and let them know. I rarely ever find anything of value that I keep to sell. Hell I am sure if I had a place to live that was not my bike and tent then I would have a pretty cool collection of stuff. LOL

    The MD only comes out in a couple places for me, the beach where drunk tourist leave me their stuff, gold rich areas with a bream of finding a nugget and of course the odd spot in the bush that time forgot about.

    I keep all my sites marked on my GPS that I find, even caves, never know when you are passing through how the weather will be.

    In Eastern Europe I have found some areas that appeared to be more recent abandonments, but also find some pretty cool spots that are not so recent down in the Carpathians.

    Some places you can pretty well guess what it was there, but other places will have you at a loss finding your self in a library trying to to figure out what the heck was there.

    Maybe one day if I ever decide that I want to go back to a boring life of having a house, ranch or whatever then I will have a great deal of things to look into. But I am certain the biproduct of that will have me right back out here again doing the only thing that makes sense to me.

    Seriously though, I doubt I will ever stop riding around, now when I get older and I am having some trouble I may end up in a velomobile, I hope by then someone has come out with one for offroad use. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    where was that taken deerhill?
    This one is from a gold rush town in California near Mammoth or Bridgeport...was trying to get an acceptable looking size @400kb and forgot the details, I'll edit/add the info
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