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  1. In this video I visit the Goldome Mine and Mill, a modern abandoned mining facility in the Mojave desert. The mill buildings have been badly vandalized. I had to use creative camera angles to minimize the extensive graffiti, and also retouched some shots. I refuse to give vandals the attention they crave. This is the sixteenth in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. Music: “Western Background 4” by CineMedia https://audiojungle.net/item/western-background-4/20225736
  2. In this video I visit the Nivloc Mine, where I find a steel head frame, a large wooden trestle, mill ruins, old cabins and other cool stuff. This is the fifteenth in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. Music: “An Acoustic Guitar” by Happy Corporation https://audiojungle.net/item/an-acoustic-guitar/24424497
  3. In this video I visit the White Caps Mine and mill ruins in central Nevada, and check out some cool historic buildings and an enormous furnace. This is the fourteenth in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. Music: “Emotional Acoustic” by SoundRacoon Licensed by AudioJungle https://audiojungle.net/item/emotional-acoustic/24625165
  4. In this video I visit the Black Forest Mine in the Spruce Mountain district of eastern Nevada, and find some great old machinery and artifacts. This is the thirteenth in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. Music: “Summer Flowers” by Iman Music Pro Licensed by AudioJungle https://audiojungle.net/item/summer-flowers/23992479
  5. In this brief video I visit an ancient log cabin boarding house at the site of the Latham Mine, in the Spruce Mountain district of eastern Nevada. This mine is also known as the Killie Mine. This is the twelvth in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. Music: “Casual Folk” by MusicDoctor Licensed by AudioJungle https://audiojungle.net/item/casual-folk/22103219
  6. In this video I visit the Monarch Mine, a historic mining camp in the Spruce Mountain district of eastern Nevada. This is the eleventh in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. Music: “Inspire Romantic Emotional Piano” by Sound Gallery Licensed by AudioJungle 78a34429-9bcc-49a3-8231-3db4e37fce3f
  7. How sad to lose such awesome old structures! This is why I'm so hellbent on photographing everything I can, in as much detail as possible, while it still exists. In 1998 I shot pics of the Bowery mine south of Pioche. The hoist house had the original hoist, plus a slightly newer hoist, plus an air compressor, etc. The hoist still had the electrical components, and even the operator's chair still in place. I went back a few years later and there was nothing left. A brush fire had burned through the area, and then whatever wasn't destroyed by the fire was bulldozed and hauled away.
  8. I enjoy some of the videos put out by qualified folks who have the skills to venture deep into mines. It's great to see the amazing things they find, which most folks would never have a chance to see otherwise. But at the same time I worry about the "side effects" of such videos: 1. It seems that a lot of the mines they video, are soon closed off by some state or federal agency. Maybe coincidence, or maybe not. It doesn't seem far-fetched to believe that the agencies intent on keeping people out of mines are paying attention to some of these videos. 2. Idiots who get "inspired" to go into mines, who lack skills to do it safely and/or commit acts of vandalism. Which leads to more government involvement and more closed mines.
  9. In this video I visit the Richmond Mine, a fascinating site in the Ruby Hill district of central Nevada. This is the tenth in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. Music: “Calming Acoustic Guitar” by Benji Jackson Licensed by AudioJungle 76170e88-da30-4841-af24-681f889fb4cc
  10. In this video I take a look at the Locan Mine, aka the Locan Shaft, an old mine in the Ruby Hill district of central Nevada. This is the ninth in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. Music: “Acoustic Background Guitar” by Natural Beat Licensed by AudioJungle https://audiojungle.net/item/acoustic-background-guitar/23728580
  11. This video features the Prospect Mountain Tunnel mine and mill, a gold, silver, and lead mine in central Nevada. This is the eighth in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. Music: “Mysterious Flute“ by ProgMind Licensed by AudioJungle https://audiojungle.net/item/mysterious-flute/15519864
  12. This video showcases some of the fantastic scenery and amazing wildlife that I saw in Nevada. This is the seventh in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. Music: “Native American Flute Solo” by Art-of-Sound Licensed by AudioJungle https://audiojungle.net/item/native-american-flute/4924224
  13. This video features the Van Ness Mine, a former mercury mine in central Nevada. This is the sixth in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. Music: “Beautiful Autumn“ by code music Licensed by AudioJungle https://audiojungle.net/item/beautiful-autumn/9363498
  14. This video features the abandoned Lambertucci Roma Ranch in Nevada. This historical site contains many interesting buildings and ruins that are over 100 years old. This is the fifth in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. Music: “Magical Guitar” and "Charming Guitar" by GavinJack Licensed by AudioJungle https://audiojungle.net/item/magical-acoustic-guitar/21967009 https://audiojungle.net/item/charming-acoustic-guitar/24178002 Sound FX: "Chicken Coop" by Almira23 Licensed by AudioJungle https://audiojungle.net/item/chicken-coop/23076931
  15. This video features Camp Harding, an old mining camp in central Nevada. This is the fourth in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. Music: “Acoustic Guitar” by KL Productions Licensed by AudioJungle https://audiojungle.net/item/acoustic-guitar/23634578
  16. This video features the ghost town and mill ruins of Blair, NV. This is the third in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. Music: “The Ambient Acoustic Guitar” by VictorMusic Licensed by AudioJungle https://audiojungle.net/item/the-ambient-acoustic-guitar/20530568 “VictorMusic Acoustic Guitar” by VictorMusic Licensed by AudioJungle https://audiojungle.net/item/acoustic-guitar/20842879
  17. This video features the historic St. George Mine in the Argus Mountains of California, near Panamint Valley. This is the second in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. Music: “After The Sunset” by code music Licensed by AudioJungle https://audiojungle.net/item/after-the-sunset/8296892
  18. GTF has had that "server is too busy" thing for several weeks now. But even when the forum was up, there was very little activity.
  19. When I posted the link it just turned it into a clickable link instead of displaying the video.
  20. Thanks! I hope this forum is more active and better maintained, than the ghosttowns.com forums were.
  21. How the heck do you embed videos on this forum??
  22. https://youtu.be/H0l-1G1n73Y <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/H0l-1G1n73Y" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> The video features the borax mining town of Trona, CA in the Searles Valley. Includes aerial views plus a few shots of damage from the earthquakes that struck Ridgecrest and Trona in July 2019. This is the first in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. Music: “Nostalgia Piano” by AudioBall Licensed by AudioJungle https://audiojungle.net/item/the-sentimental-story/22632401
  23. For years I've been posting my ghost town and mining camp pics with the actual name, and sometimes a general location (i.e. Ruby Hill area, etc.) Since I'm trying to include some of the history of each site along with the photos, it's kind of automatic to use the actual names. However, I'm starting to rethink this, and have already chosen to use fake names for a few sites. (I always state that it's not the real name.) Vandalism is one reason, of course, but lately I'm seeing two other threats to historic sites that are often worse. One is BLM or other government agencies tearing down structures or closing off mines, etc. Another which I was only recently made aware of, is that some "miners" will buy up claims to sites just so they can sell off any antiques or vintage equipment on the property.
  24. Hi! I just found this forum. I've been exploring ghost towns, mining camps, and other historic and/or abandoned sites for over 30 years. After seeing how rapidly these amazing places are vanishing due to fires, vandalism, or misguided government agencies, I made it my goal to photographically document as many as possible while I still can. I have a website with a huge section devoted to photos of the sites I've visited, mostly in Nevada and the Mojave desert. A couple years ago I started shooting video too, and have some great videos on YouTube. My YouTube channel: Ray Dunakin on YouTube My website: http://www.raydunakin.com
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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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