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I started watching you and Emmas videos on youtube a couple of days ago and it makes me want to go out and explore the way you guys do. Theres quite a few abandoned buildings in my town and im always too afraid to go in. Love your videos and keep up the awesome work, I aspire to adventure the way you guys do!
Welcome Martin, great to have you here. There is a ton of stuff along 50 to see, probably more than you will can see after multiple trips. How long of a detour are you willing to take to check something out? Also, what type of vehicles do you guys have?
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.
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.
Just got back from another day of searching the entire wash, almost made it all the way down to the bottle bush scouring the area, but then we got hit by thunder storms and had to make it back up to the vehicle. Still about a 1/4 mile area that we need to go back and scour for the keys or firearm. Found some more interesting stuff from our search two days ago, been out there a lot searching these last few days.
Welcome Beth, great to have you here! Idaho's weather is about to start getting nice too, we will probably be up there soon to do some explores, investigate some mysteries, cults, missing persons, etc. Any tips for that type of content in Idaho?
South Pass City, approximately 90 miles north of Rock Springs, is a historic site administered by the state of Wyoming. It consists of over 30 log, frame, and stone buildings, along with the Carissa Mine and Stamp Mill.
South Pass City Historic Site
Recently, I’ve been going through my old VHS video tapes and digitizing them to DVDs. These tapes contain my travels and explorations between 1995 and 2009. I thought I’d start releasing some video shorts of my early travels on this forum.
The back story for this particular video is as follows. On March 30, 1996, I made a short hike of about a mile and a third up the lower third of Surprise Canyon, on the western slopes of the Panamint Range, Inyo County, California. This canyon is just outside of Death Valley National Park. This canyon has running water running year round through the stretch shown, fed by substantial Limekiln Springs, and the canyon is a water wonderland. For those not familiar with the area, refer to the two maps. The first one shows the canyon in relation to the region, the other a close up of the canyon and the ghost town of Panamint City. The blue line in the close up image shows the route that was taken.
My next series of videos will be based on a trip in 2000 that I took with Lew Shorb. Lew is a board member here, as well as owner of the popular website http://www.ghosttownexplorers.org/ghost.htm
In breaking with my past habit of culling out historical sites and ghost towns and creating short videos dealing with these, I decided to keep the exploring part of Explore Forums in and create videos of each day of my travel and exploration, including our camps. Scenery, travel, camping ghost towns and wide open spaces.
Part one of this series, as well as subsequent videos, will all appear here within this same thread. Part I will start in my garage, where I was finishing up with the packing my truck. The following day, after work, I begin my travels to meet Lew Shorb at Rhyolite, Nevada ghost town.
Our three day, two night travels prowled about the "Nevada Triangle" section of northeastern Death Valley National Park; and will include such sites as:
1. The Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad
2. Gold Bar
3. Phinney Mine
4. Strozzi Ranch
5. Currie Well (LV&T RR)
6. Mud Springs Summit (LV&T RR)
7. Happy Hooligan Mine
This video, that of March 30th and 31st, will start off this series; and is brief, only being 3:28 long. Nevada-Triangle_Shorb-2000_Part-1.wmv
So, below is my narrative of part one of this series to give full context of what is seen in the video. It will probably take longer to read than the video is long.
Exploration Field Trips:
May 1-3, 2000
Trip with Alan Patera and Alan Hensher into Death Valley
What do you do with three authors, two 4x4’s, two two-way radios, three cameras, and camping supplies? Send them to Death Valley, of course. For three days in the first week of May, 2000, fellow authors and historical researchers Alan Patera, Alan Hensher and myself explored Death Valley north and south.
Alan Patera writes and publishes the WESTERN PLACES series of monograph books. Alan Hensher has been published in several periodicals as well as authoring several books, centering primarily on the history of Mojave Desert sites.
Alan Patera, who hails from Oregon, came south to California and picked up Alan Hensher; then the two came my way. At the time I was living in Ridgecrest, California. After overnighting with my wife and I, the three of us took off for Death Valley. Alan was busy researching and photographing for a future edition of WESTERN PLACES, this time centering on the camps of the Funeral Range, which forms the eastern border of east central Death Valley. Circumstances and changes of our journey lead Alan to plant the seeds of two more future books, this time centering just outside the northernmost section of Death Valley.
Northern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
(and a Blip of Southeastern Oregon Thrown in for Good Measure)
June 19 - 28, 2001
This is the trip that I consider to be my favorite trip I have ever undertaken. It had been in the planning stages since the previous December. Originally, quite a number of people were invited and had semi-committed themselves to come along. Over time, however, eventually the number of people whose semi-commitments became firm commitments to this trip narrowed to four. And I was one of them.
Below, a list of historic locations we visited – in the order that we visited them:
1. Bodie & Benton Railway, California.
2. Stillwater, Nevada.
3. White Cloud City (Coppereid), Nevada.
4. Unionville, Nevada.
5. Midas, Nevada.
6. Spring City, Nevada.
7. Paradise Valley, Nevada.
8. Buckskin, Nevada.
9. National, Nevada.
10. Delamar, Idaho.
11. Silver City, Idaho.
12. Rio Tinto, Nevada.
13. Pattsville, Nevada.
14. Aura, Nevada.
15. Cornucopia, Nevada.
16. Edgemont, Nevada (from a distance – on private property)
17. White Rock, Nevada (from a distance – on private property)
18. Tuscaurora, Nevada.
19. Dinner Station, Nevada.
20. Metropolis, Nevada.
21. Charleston, Nevada.
22. Jarbidge, Nevada.