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    Business as usual, flying drones and going into tunnels.
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    Loved the video! Was like watching a horror movie with me sitting here yelling..."Don't go in that hole! Don't you watch scary movies? If you go in you won't come out!" LOL!
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    These are some of the things we look for when a subject is presumed deceased, or there is a strong chance that they are deceased. When I referenced BMI, I'm assuming high BMI due to body fat, not muscle (e.g. some body builders have super high BMIs, but virtually no fat - one reason the BMI system is a bucket of fail). The decomposition of the lipids for a body left in-situ creates a 'ring' where plant life will not grow for some period of time. The amount of time depends on the amount of body fat decomposed into the soil, the 'washing' effects of wind, rain, and runoff, and the tolerance of any native plant species to the compounds left in the soil. Another one is mounding. There are naturally barren areas in nature (Clear Creek in California, full of serpentinite is a good example) not caused by organic decomposition. However, the decomposition of collagen compounds will tend to attract any wind-blown dirt and dust, causing an odd accretion of 'dirt' that very roughly outlines the size and shape of the body, or what was left of the body. This tell is not obvious, and is easy erased by running water. It's 'good' for maybe a year after the disappearance. For a body still somewhat intact in a green, vegetated areas, the off-gassing caused by decomposition can brown immediately adjacent greenery. This is similar to the effects of geological off-gassing in volcanic regions that will brown and kill nearby plants or trees. Again, this is a more short term indicator, but if someone goes missing in winter, is 'preserved', then undergoes rapid decomposition in the spring thaw, these spots can sometimes be easily seen from the air. A field of green, and a weird patch of oval or elongated brown (most common with grasses). Finally, look for odd shaped rocks, about the size of a human head. In an arid environment, the head will dessicate fairly quickly, due to all the openings (eyes, mouth, nose, ears, spinal attachments, even the sinuses). Skin will 'leather' out, and the soft tissues of the eyes, mouth, and nose will be long gone. What you're left with is something that looks oddly like a grey, leather rock or bowling ball. A gentle tap with a stick or pole will result in a hollow 'thud', of obvious reasons. Finally, the easiest one is just using a cadaver dog. A well-train dog AND a well-trained handler can locate remains in excess of 25-30 years old. This is incredibly challenging for the dog, because the scent profile to the dog is about the same as the scent profile a human gets from a brick - not much. At this point, the dog is really trying to sniff out bone fragments, though a few theories and studies suggest that some dogs are able to smell DNA remnants trapped within the intraosseous spaces (a similar profile to cancer sniffing dogs, being able to isolate odors of individual cell types). The latter part of this is theory, but cadaver dogs themselves exist and have been effective in the past. Or, we just keep eyes open and look for bones sticking out of the ground.
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    Star Mine in Burke, Idaho

    One of my latest passions... wandering around this old ghost town and photographing the Hecla Star Mine in Burke, Shoshone County, Idaho.
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    New Explorer from Las Vegas

    Settling in to Idaho, and had a bit of a setback with my muscle disability. It will never be reversed or fixed, but I am staying stable. Also, writing books. I have three coming out so far through Fonthill Media, Arcadia Publishing and The History Press First book hits the shelves at the end of this month. It's about the King Solomon Mine in Kern County, CA.
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    Star Mine in Burke, Idaho

    It is an amazing place! It is also home to what has been nicknamed Shit Creek. People literally built their outhouses to hang over the creek! And... little known fact, this is where the famous Screen Goddess Lana Turner was born
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    As of the 12/17/2018 aerial view on Google Earth, it's still there. From Kissimmee, if you're heading SW on Orange Blossom Trail (US-17), turn right on Labor Camp Rd; not far past Osceola-Polk Line at the electrical substation. Labor Camp ends at Old Tampa Highway, turn right. It should be on the left, hard to miss. There was some degree of construction the last time I was there, but I don't think it should have affected the monument.
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    Any word if this is still there? I'm heading to the area later this month and am hoping to track down some of these "forgotten" citrus monuments, but I'm having trouble finding this one on Google Maps.
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    The black Hawk mining operation

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    Wonderful video!!! Thank you Some history on Wasson
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    Buried by Sand

    So the story on this area according to a resident in the area was that there was an alfalfa field put into the West of the town. They disc'd too deep though the top soil and with the sage brush gone and I presume the alfalfa too the sand was left exposed to be carried by the wind. And blew it did right into this town. The land owner of the farm was supposed to of made a large berm to stop the sand from blowing into the town but did not and into town the sand went. I was told it accumulated against the homes fairly quickly and if you were not on top of clearing it away it could overwhelm the buildings quickly. Some were older and unable to do that so them left and the sand had it's way. I really did not have the time to give this place a good look though as there are dozens of other places. Some of the most surreal ones were the ones people were still living in with sand blown up against the west sides. If I didn't still have a few hours ahead of me I would of loved to gone up to some of the completely buried buildings. A berm was finally made and as you can see a ton of plants have finally taken root in the sand so it doesn't seem to be much of an issue at the time I was there but it was too late for many of the homes. The area that had the alfalfa field now has a solar farm being installed.... wonder if that'll expose more sand again.
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    Star Mine in Burke, Idaho

    Best move we ever made. Loving life in the big trees Hoping to share some more photos here of Burke and the Star Mine, as soon as Bob figures out what is going on with uploads, LOL!
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    Star Mine in Burke, Idaho

    Thanks, El How is life in the desert?
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    Area 51 tunnel video

    Thank you! I posted a new video yesterday, and I’m workin on one now that should be up in a few days!
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    Star Mine in Burke, Idaho

    Something wrong with photo uploading again? Keep getting an error that it exceeds limits when it is well under?
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    New Explorer from Las Vegas

    Greetings and salutations!!! As you can all probably tell I am most certainly new to the forums, I have been watching the EWU videos for some time now yet somehow skipped over there being a forum board to talk about exploration! I am an avid hiker with my soon to be wife and we do tons of photography and love exploring the outdoors. I have showed her the videos of urban exploration and abandoned places and the like, and I suggested we find some time to look into seeing some really cool stuff abandoned to the likes of time. So I guess what I'm asking is if any of y'all know of some cool spots to hit up in the Southern Nevada region to get my wife and I started hunting for some abandoned places to take some nice shots for our photography hobby and love of hiking!! And of course to wrap it up, keep up the great videos, it gives good inspiration to get up and explore! Any ideas or locations to start out is greatly appreciated!
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    New Explorer from Las Vegas

    Nice to see you back Cindy, we missed you too! Where have ya been?
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    New from Idaho

    Joined from a YouTube drop by EWU Crew. I live in Idaho and love to explore places. My family is from here, some of them helped found Idaho and parts of Oregon. I created an account here awhile ago but got busy and wasn't sure if I posted an intro or not but anyways HELLLOOO FROM IDAHO 😁😁😁 I love being outside. Exploring, fishing, shooting, metal detecting, wandering whatever. I am also the founder of Women Anglers of Idaho. I also dabble in preservation of dead things and taxidermy so everytime I go out there is something to do! I don't know what all you guys want or need to know. Hope that covers it!
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    New Explorer from Las Vegas

    You're lucky to be in Nevada, there is literally stuff all over the state to explore. Being over 80% public land, that's a lot of land to explore. You have some really cool places near Las Vegas, but I think central and northern Nevada has a lot more abandoned locations that haven't yet been destroyed, although they seem to be getting hit hard with all the tourists with UTV's. If you do get out to these places, I think you should start a YouTube and post them up. It's always nice to see some new locations or see what they were once they have been completely destroyed. If you are heading in a certain direction, let me know and I can throw out some suggestions. I currently have so many locations that I would have a hard time with any suggestions without any specific direction. A cool website you might want to check out is mylandmatters.com, it's great for showing land ownership at most places. We usually don't post locations on the public forum though as we try to preserve the locations, but to be honest, with how much destruction I have seen, I don't think it helps. Once you figure out what direction you may are heading in, shoot me a private message and i'll see if I have any locations that look worth checking out.
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    New Explorer from Las Vegas

    Thanks and welcome to the forums. Where did you see a link to the forums? This forum is pretty dead and I thought I had wiped all the links to the forums on YouTube. There is a decent amount of stuff down near Las Vegas, how far are you willing to travel? There is a lot in the Mojave too.
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    I guess your drone got its ass kicked, eh? 😎
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    I enjoyed that video! I saw a number of ruins of building sites from the air that I’ve not seen on the ground in my previous visits. I think a drone makes a good addition to the ghost towner’s toolbox.
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    Great video. I hope your drone is OK after that hard landing at the end.
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    When I was a kid, my parents and I made generally annual trips to northern Oklahoma to visit my paternal grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins. Being that I was born and raised in the south central Mojave Desert, the route took us along US66. Ponca City, near the Kansas border north of Oklahoma City, was where my father was born and raised and where some of his family still lived. Back then (1950s-1960s) the town’s main streets were all brick. I clearly remember them. Today, they’re all torn up. I know they made for a rough ride, but the nostalgia is long gone.
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    Juab County Utah

    We are headed out to Juab County to check a few old mining complexes - we'll post our results and photos when we return!
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    Frisco Utah

    While out on an extended camping trip in Northern Arizona, my wife and I took a day trip up to the ghost town of Frisco Utah. This is probably the most accessible old town that I have ever been to. It is just a few hundred yards off Highway 21 northwest of the town of Milford. Frisco was associated with the Hornsilver Mine. By 1885, $60,000,000 of zinc, lead, copper, gold and silver had been produced. Poor mining practices led to a collapse of the mine in 1885, and it never really produced after that. Unfortunately, the area around the Hornsilver Mine is off limits today. The townsite and 5 of the old charcoal ovens that once fueled the Frisco smelter are still accessible. There are pieces of equipment laying around, but most of those would date to a time after 1900. The company that built a compressor marked “PPC” did not come into being until around 1920. An interesting research paper on the ovens noted that there were at least 41 of the beehive ovens built to service the Frisco Smelter. Those were arranged around the area in 11 different sets. One set of 7 ovens, located a few miles away, are considered to be the best preserved charcoal ovens in the state of Utah.
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    Utah ghost town once Hawaiian paradise

    Utah ghost town once Hawaiian paradise By Natalie Crofts October 29th, 2013 @ 1:30pm Courtesy of Cuma Hoopiiaina Share226 Share222 Tweet4 0 0 Natalie Crofts 19 Comments Post or read comments Related Stories Ghost towns: a Utah photo gallery Photo Gallery » SKULL VALLEY — Little remains of the desert ghost town of Iosepa, which was once home to a colony of Hawaiians and named the best kept and most progressive city in Utah. Rumors have spread over the years about the abandoned town, which is now little more than a memorial and cemetery. Iosepa, pronounced yo-SEH-pa, was home to close to 300 people from Hawaii and their descendants from 1889 to 1917 in what is currently known as Skull Valley, near Tooele. "They were happy," said Cuma Hoopiiaina, whose husband Malu was the last surviving person to be born and raised in Iosepa. "They had their own school, they raised their own crops." The little town in the middle of the desert featured "Imilani Square" and streets with names like "Honolulu Avenue" and "Laie Avenue." The name Iosepa comes from the Hawaiian version of Joseph; the town was named after President Joseph F. Smith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who was a missionary in the Hawaiian islands. The church purchased the land for the Hawaiian immigrants. Related Story 5 unforgettable ghost town adventuresIn a recent article, I showcased photos from some of my favorite Utah ghost towns. Many readers requested more information on how to find these towns, so I've compiled this list of five ghost towns that will allow you to see some of our state's most stunning relics from the past. "The Hawaiian colony worked hard and built Iosepa with homes, fire hydrants, (a) school house, (a) church house, general store and streets," Malu wrote in his personal history before he passed away 16 years ago. "They had beautiful lawns, flowers, gardens and fruit trees which won for the town the state prize for the best kept and most progressive city in Utah in 1911." At least one of the fire hydrants can still be seen in Iosepa today. Not much else of the structure of the city remains, other than the 84 graves of people who died there, ranging in age from newborn to 82. "There were good times and bad times in Iosepa," Malu wrote. "The Hawaiians lived through depressions of the 1890's, hardships of the freezing weather, climates and sickness that they were not used to." Rumors of a leprosy outbreak circulated in newspapers at the time and still persist today, but while there were two lepers who came to the colony, they had already contracted the disease before arriving and there was never an outbreak, Cuma said. A remaining fire hydrant in Iosepa. Deseret News, 1976. Credit: Courtesy of Cuma Hoopiiaina Despite some difficulties adjusting to a new environment, the Hawaiians still managed to make their desert home beautiful. "They also had enjoyable and fun times," Malu wrote. "They made their own games, went swimming in the ponds, lots of music with singing and dancing. Yes, they even had fun working hard." So what drove this Hawaiian town to extinction? In 1917, the temple in Hawaii was announced and settlers were encouraged to return. Leaving their home of 28 years was accompanied by much emotion, Malu wrote. "Some did not want to leave Iosepa, but once the movement got underway nearly all were swept along," he wrote. The Hoopiiaina family was the last to remain in Iosepa and only to make Utah their permanent home. They made a homestead in Iosepa but eventually lost water rights and moved to Murray. However, their connection to the town remained. They worked with others to raise money for a memorial for the town's centennial in 1989, which cost around $40,000. The layout of Iosepa. Credit: Courtesy of Cuma Hoopiiaina President Gordon B. Hinckley gave the dedicatory address and prayer of the historical monument on site, and the governor of the state of Hawaii declared Aug. 28, 1989, "Iosepa Pioneers Centennial Day in Hawaii." "This was something of a barren place for those who came and made it scenic and beautiful," Hinckley said in the dedicatory address. "They came here willingly and with apprehension from their hearts as they worked dilligently and faithfully and they left reluctantly as has been indicated today." Now every year descendents of Iosepa and other Polynesians travel to the memorial to put flowers on graves and camp every Memorial Weekend, Cuma said. Read more at http://www.ksl.com/?nid=1010&sid=27432550#xWZj8vm2fqQT0qKA.99
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