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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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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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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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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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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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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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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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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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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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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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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
    Houses for a hundred bucks and no camels.
    Houses for $100 Alex.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    The O.C. is a ghost town lately.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Here's your thread Opti
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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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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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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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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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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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.

    Don't worry DJ, you're not the only one, I figure I'll be mumbling to myself in a couple months as well.
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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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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Ghost towns: Speaking of which the OC has some issues lately.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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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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