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  1. Old Mining Town Updated

    I love to take friends to this place to explore!


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  2. Nike Missile Sites of San Francisco Bay Updated

    Developed in response to jet aircraft, Project Nike (named for the Greek Goddess of Victory), was deployed in 1953, the first nation-wide missile defense system ever built. Some 300 were placed around strategic military facilities as a last line of defense against Soviet bombers that somehow managed to evade US Naval interceptors.

    In the San Francisco Bay Area, there were twelve sites set up loosely to defend the vital Naval Shipyards of Hunter's Point, Oakland and Mare Island, as well as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. None defended what is now Silicon Valley, in the 1960s still acres and acres of orchards. After decommissioning, some have been completely sealed, others have been reused as storage, still others left to decay. I have come across a few of the sites in my travels.
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  3. Central Valley Ghost Towns Updated

    Various ghost towns from the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys. Many are related to the California Gold Rush.
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  4. New Almaden Mines Updated

    In 1845, concerned with the continued expansion of John Sutter's New Helvetia Fort and the American settlers who utilized it as the final stop for entering California, Mexico sent Lt Andres Castillero with a small contingent of cavalry to buy out Sutter and close the fort. Castillero never made it that far. Around what is now San Jose, he encountered local Ohlones dressed in bright vermillion and quickly determined the red color was from local cinnabar-oxidized mercury. Paying the natives to reveal the location of the cinnabar, Castillero was led to near this spot in New Almaden Canyon, where he quickly laid a claim and set up the Santa Clara Mine. After California was annexed by the United States, Castillero sold the shares to Baron and Forbes Company in 1850. This would eventually lead to the largest and most successful quicksilver mining region in North America, with at least three towns and 7 mines operating by 1900.
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  5. Drawbridge Updated

    Established as a stop on the South Pacific Coast Railroad to control two drawbridges over Station Island in San Francisco Bay, Drawbridge quickly became a popular area for hunters, who began having weekend homes. During its heyday between the 1880-1920s, Drawbridge was frequently visited by hunters and speakeasy fans, with up to 1000 visitors a day. Now it is a ghost town gradually sinking into the mud.
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  6. Abandoned Restaurant in Sacramento Updated

    We drove into Sacramento at night and didn't realise the Hotel was in the area of about 4-5 abandoned buildings. Jackpot!
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  7. Cal-Pine Mine, CA Updated

    Some photos of Cal-Pine Mine, near Hawkins Peak, California.
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  8. Ione Nevada Semi-Ghost Town Updated

    Ione Nevada is a semi-ghost town with about 40 current residents. Most of the structures in the area have no trespassing signs, so don't expect to be able to actual do any exploring here. Even some of the businesses have private property signs. Not sure how they get any business.
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  9. Calico California Ghost Town Updated

    Calico California Ghost Town
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  10. Randsburg California Updated

    Randsburg California Semi-Ghost Town.
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  11. Randsburg Cabin Updated

    This is the Hamilton Cabin, an authentic mining family's cabin in Randsburg, Ca. It has one main bedroom, and a smaller bedroom just large enough to hold a single bed and small dresser. The main source of heat is a wood burning stove in the sitting room.
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  12. New Idria Updated

    New Idria Ghost Town California
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  13. Steven's Trail

    Placer County Ca
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  14. Sutter's Mill / Coloma

    In 1847, James Marshall was employed by John Sutter of Sutter's Fort to build a sawmill in the Sierras. After some scouting, Marshall found a suitable location on the American River. On the morning of January 24, 1848, while checking the work on the trailings from the night before, he noticed some shining specks. Picking them up, he tested them and realized that it was gold. Racing down back to Sutter's Fort, he told his boss the news. Though both tried to suppress the news of the discovery, the information was leaked by Sam Brannan (who thoughtfully first purchased all mining equipment in San Francisco). California, acquired by the United States only days earlier, had hills of gold! Within months, the Great California Gold Rush was on.
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  15. Federal Prison Complex


    Here are some photos of an abandoned prison complex in the Mojave desert. I’ve been driving by it for years on my way to the Sierras.  It’s been abandoned since 1995 or so. This was a “Club Fed” facility. If you’re not familiar with that term, it’s basically a prison for white collar crime inmates. No fences, no cells, very low key so to speak. In fact I ran across an article a few years ago that contained  an interview one of  the former inmates.  He, apparently had an extensive “relationship” with the Federal Prison system, and said this complex was the best he ever served time at. The reason? They had a really nice salad bar!  They also offered all inmates to work at a pretty large facility that did maintenance and repair on military trucks and Humvees .  Raytheon also had a major project going on there. 3 HUGE Raydomes were once upon the top of the hill. Only the bases now remain. There is an active FAA raydome still there, but it’s completely fenced off.  Anyway, hope you enjoy the photos.








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