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  1. Welcome to EF! This page has a few things for you to check out in Ohio... Encyclopedia of Forlorn Places
  2. Mare Island is going to be similar to Fort Ord where the property ranges from new development to the old unsecured buildings you are looking for. There are lots of photos of the site on the web from urbex photographers. The physical security at the site probably changes with what ever redevelopment is going on at the time. You could plan a day to scope out the area and completely drive the complex to get an idea of what areas are more active and which ones are forgot about at the moment. Besides security patrols you would also want to watch out for transients that are living in the old unsecured buildings. Here is a link to the Fort Ord gallery to give you an idea... Fort Ord
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  4. That's the first I heard about that one. Thanks for the info. I always wonder what prompts some of these bills so I checked out the first hearing on that bill... Committee: Senate Natural Resources Meeting: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 4:00 PM   Appears Senator Hansen was blocked by an illegal gate and didn't like it. Other meeting info here... Meetings
  5. Welcome! What part of Nevada are you interested into start with?
  6. While working on the desert phone booth project I found that there was a phone booth that was noted on the AAA maps many years before the Mojave Phone Booth was. That phone was called Lanfair #1 and it was located at the intersection of Ivanpah Road and Cedar Canyon Road in Lanfair Valley. The "Telephone" marker appears on the 1975 San Bernardino County map but not on the 1965 map edition. If any of you just happen to have the 1966 through 1974 editions, if you would please check to see if the "Telephone" marker is printed on the map I would greatly appreciate the help! The cover of those map editions should be the standard two tone blue and besides San Bernardino County may also include Lake Mead, Las Vegas or the San Bernardino Mountain areas. Here is a link to a photo of Lanfair #1 in 1980. Lanfair #1 Thanks for the help!
  7. Those CJ-5s were great! My first one was a new 1974 and I later bought a used 1972.
  8. They identified the guy in this article... No bodycam footage of fatal shooting at Nevada National Security Site Not sure how reliable this info is... Nekiylo Dawayne Graves... The guy who stormed the Nevada National Security Site This site had some interesting back stories... Bizarre Chase Through High Security Nevada Nuclear Test Site Ends In Deadly Shooting
  9. It would be interesting to see what you would find along that pole line. There was another phone booth in Lanfair but that was also removed. The Mojave Phone Booth was on the line north of Danby. 1944 Bell Telephone Magazine - Building the West’s New Telephone Route
  10. Only a few remain and of those that are still working many have been blocked for incoming calls.
  11. Remember the Mojave Phone Booth from the late 1990s? The one that was quietly removed under cover of darkness? There are others... In Search of the Next Mojave Phone Booth
  12. One million soldiers, spread across the world’s largest military maneuver area of 18,000 square miles in the Mojave Desert of California and Arizona for two years between 1942 and 1944 training for desert warfare in preparation of the WWII invasion of North Africa. I spent several days in January exploring the historic sites of the Desert Training Center / California-Arizona Maneuver Area in the Mojave Desert. I based out of Blythe and Needles, California and visited Camp Coxcomb, Camp Iron Mountain, Rice Army Airfield, Essex Army Airfield and Camp Ibis. Before venturing out to the camps and airfields I spent several hours touring the General Patton Memorial Museum in Chiriaco Summit, California. I was a little too ambitious with my trip planning and scheduled two site visits per day. It would have been better to only schedule one site visit per day as I didn’t have the time to capture a lot of the minute details and relics at the sites. Here are the photos from my trip… Desert Training Center Gallery Some good reference websites are the... Military Museum DTC/CAMA Desert Training Center General Patton Memorial Museum I have been researching the Desert Training Center for a while and all the documents, reports and maps that I found useful are here... DTC / CAMA Research Information Enjoy the photos and information!
  13. I enjoy going to places that are way outside the norm and most people believe it impossible to visit them. Like nuclear tests sites, electronic warfare ranges and even nuclear power plants that came close to a nuclear melt down. But I am just kind of odd in that respect. Project Faultless Project Shoal Warfare Complex Rancho Seco
  14. Here is something I have found to be very interesting, informative and enjoyable, which a combination of all three seems to be rare these days, and is worth a read and a listen. The Desert Oracle also known as “The Voice of the Desert” publishes a small guide with short stories and other information about the Mojave Desert and surrounding areas. The Desert Oracle They have recently started the Desert Oracle Radio program on 107.7 KCDZ in Joshua Tree. The 30-minute program airs about every Friday at 10 p.m. and you can also listen to the programs as a podcast. Desert Oracle Radio on podbay.fm
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    • South Pass City WY
      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.

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    • Surprise Canyon, California
      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.

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    • Exploration Field Trips - March 31-April 2, 2000 - Into the Nevada Triangle with Lew Shorb
      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.


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    • Exploration Field Trips: May 1-3, 2000 - Trip with Alan Patera and Alan Hensher into Death Valley
      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.


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    • Trip 2001 - Northeastern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
      Reconnoitering Trips
      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.
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