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  1. We had the opportunity to go to South Pass City on Thursday June 8th. This is a well known gold mining area, and you get to tour the hoist house, stamp mill and refinery building. Pictures will be posted soon.
  2. We were wondering, how many have thought of, or stayed overnight, at an area that they have been exploring. We have thought about staying at some of the ghost towns we have visited, but as of yet we haven't. We would like to hear your thoughts...
  3. Some pictures from yesterday's trek are posted - enjoy!
  4. We got home late so we will download pictures from the cameras in the morning, then upload a few more here. The first area we had planned to visit, though closed down for over 15 years, is still posted with very threatening signs, so we didn't tempt it! Our next stop was a mine which lasted until 1956, reopened in 1962, then shut down again in 1975. All that's left is concrete foundations and two water tanks. In spite of shooting into the sun, the mine's name can be read on the tanks. From there, we moved on to the next area we had checked out on Google Earth; a head frame and buildings which looked to be accessible - wrong! Completely fenced off, with roads blocked with berms of large rock and gravel. We had one last area to check and though the road had looked blocked on Google, we thought we could still get some decent photographs. Surprisingly, the barricades had been removed and we had access to the site. The head frame is completely intact and the winch house is accessible. The most fascinating thing about this mine it that it used flat, woven steel cables instead of the usual round cable. So much for a short post! Anyway... We will get some pictures up in the morning.
  5. Had fun, in Juab county! These are the two pictures I took. I didn't go near these buildings, got nauseated as soon as we pulled up. Not a good vibe there. More pictures to come. -Carrie
  6. We are headed out to Juab County to check a few old mining complexes - we'll post our results and photos when we return!
  7. Over on the South of Great Salt Lake there is a rock called "Black Rock", it took a split second and they were at the top. It's at least 30 feet high. I really need to learn to let loose sometimes.
  8. We usually check the area out first, then if we fill its safe we take them. But then again, our kids would rather go to a ghost town than go to Lagoon. And yes, I agree with the electronics... Our daughter loves living in her room, so we try to get her out.
  9. I have a 11 year old and a 13 year old. They love going to Ghost Towns with us. But I worry about what they can get into.
  10. Schellbourne Station, near Ely, Nevada While the discussion of revealing locations for sites is on-going, this location really doesn't apply - it's right on Highway 93, just outside Ely Nevada. (I's kind of hard to miss - it's located across the street from a rest area!) We were there a year ago and surprisingly, there is very little vandalism. All of the doors are unlocked, the bathrooms are all still intact, and even the smoke detector batteries were chiming for a time change! Next time, we will post pictures of Cherry Creek, just a few miles from Schellbourne. Cherry Creek is what can be classed as semi-abandoned.
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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.

      South Pass City Historic Site
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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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