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David A. Wright

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About David A. Wright

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    North-Central Nevada
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    Ghost towns; photography; historic, abandoned and modern railroads; exploring the Great Basin; Nevada and Eastern California history; 4WD.
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    Daffy Duck
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    An old Kodak digital and cell phone camera
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    2002 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4

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  1. David A. Wright

    This forum is dead.

    Unfortunately, no.
  2. David A. Wright

    This forum is dead.

    My friend’s train is considerably larger. Similar to a mine railroad, rather industrial looking. Open locomotive, you sit in it, compared to on it. His rolling stock consists of a couple flat cars with benches.
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    This forum is dead.

    A friend of mine in Bishop, California, has a rideable railroad running around his property. Complete with armstrong turntable, engine house, trestles over the canal (fed by Bishop Creek) and automatic gate with lights on his driveway crossing. I don’t recall all the particulars, but estimate it is a baby gauge and is powered by battery.
  4. I’ve passed that theater many times through the decades. Brings back memories, sad to watch it slowly disolve.
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    Explore Suggestion During Government Shutdown

    Space aliens are considered essential workers ... 👽
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    This forum is dead.

    I recall Reno news announcing the day previous to the outbreak of the Camp Fire that PG&E planned to shut off power to that region included in the high wind warning. Reason given was so that PG&E wouldn’t be blamed for any fire like they were for earlier fires. Early that morning before fire news came out the Reno news was still making the announcement that PG&E was still planning to shut off power around 8AM or when wind speeds exceeded a set speed. Since then I heard nothing about PG&E until the news started reporting downed and arcing lines and/or some kind of test sparking the Camp Fire. I found that rather odd.
  7. I was looking at Schamberger's book last night. He has one image, of a small headstone. The verbiage alludes there is little left. That was in the late 60s to 1971, when the book was published. So it may be very difficult to find anything.
  8. Looking at the Google maps satellite view I see some patterns along the lower north slope of the small notch it sits in. There is one short trail and what appears to be a fenceline running north and south. At the end of the two track looks to be something, like the size of those 5’ stone monuments with E Clampus Vitis plaques and in such a spot that it doesn’t look natural to me. Though it could very well be a boulder that rolled down from above in the earthquake in the ‘50s.
  9. Cemetery marked on topo map. Thanks for the pdf, Chris. I have it on my computer, now I can curl up by the fire with a bourbon and my iPad and enjoy!
  10. Seemed you focused on the mill area. Did you explore the townsite and cemetery? Check your library for Hugh Schamberger’s publication, WONDER. His series is superb and written decades ago while far more was left at ghost towns in Nevada. He also covers the other nearby towns adjacent to Wonder. https://www.amazon.com/Wonder-Churchill-County-Nevada-Historic/dp/B0006CKV4M
  11. Maybe practice for building the “wall” ... 😆
  12. David A. Wright

    Spam Spam and more Spam....unggh

    More spam ... BUY ORIGINAL,TOEFL,IELTS,TOEIC,PASSPORT,ID CARDS By hydtjoseph, 3 hours ago in General Discussion
  13. David A. Wright

    Prospecting for Denim In Old Mines

    Some years ago, I took a couple of buddies to San Carlos ghost town, near Independence, Inyo County, California (for photos, check it on ghosttowns.com - I’d paste a link, but my browser refuses to disply the entire address for that page). It dates back to the early 1860s and predated Inyo County by a few years. There’s not a lot left but eyes used to old ghost towns can find plenty. On that particular trip, we found that at some point in recent months, the entire townsite had been dug up. Every building site had deep holes with tall piles of dirt, stone and adobe foundation blocks ripped apart and carelessly strewn about. It was a horrible thing to see. We counted over 65 sets of diggings.
  14. David A. Wright

    Prospecting for Denim In Old Mines

    Precisely a point in my response.
  15. David A. Wright

    Prospecting for Denim In Old Mines

    It depends. What are they willing to destroy to find denim? Just like their predicessors who dug up sites looking for bottles, coins, relics. In some cases, if they didn’t outright destroy buildings, they seriously weakened them, leading to premature collapse.
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