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David A. Wright

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  1. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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
  8. Maybe practice for building the “wall” ... 😆
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    Spam Spam and more Spam....unggh

    More spam ... BUY ORIGINAL,TOEFL,IELTS,TOEIC,PASSPORT,ID CARDS By hydtjoseph, 3 hours ago in General Discussion
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    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.
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    Prospecting for Denim In Old Mines

    Precisely a point in my response.
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    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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    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!,

    Happy to hear of his good outcome. I watched a person in late stages of cancer screaming and writhing in pain a few months ago. It was most uncomfortable for me as an observer, I can only imagine myself in the suffer’s place.
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    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    The internet is truly a web - a dangerous, poisonous, and nearly solid cobweb. Every aspect of our lives is in the thick, foglike cloud of zeros and ones. I am not nieve so know there currently no escaping it, but by my taking simple but conistant measures (free) have protected my wife and I to date. But I know one day nasty surprise will come out of the blue and hit us where it hurts, so try to have something to weather it best as we can. I Google my name now and then to see what pops up. In the past, such things as email address, physical address, mailing adress and phone numbers were available to paying customers. I found a website publishing all that, plus cell phone numbers, family members, in laws and all their info for free. Needless to say, I’m not happy. That, and it is a sad state of affairs is that criminals and terrorists and their online activity is protected under law. John Q. Public is in their crosshairs and unprotected by the government’s green light for them to exploit and kill us. Their privacy is protected, ours is not. Our unprotected state is currency and many have become obscenely wealthy.
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    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    Sounds like the changing American job market. Where people loose their figurative lives and are retrained to give all in return for a few crumbs. I grew up a child of the once typical middle class family. I spent the majority of my working years working for the government and middle class industrial. But I witnessed and watched the beginning years of the new culture of downsizing and decimation of the middle class. I spent my last working years working among the increasing numbers in customer service work with little and no control over work scheduals, low pay and decreasing benefits. So glad I’m retired.
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    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    Yup. I’m glad I held fast to this forum and a couple others. Partly because I just plain like forums, partly because I’m suspicious of some aspects of the internet explosion, partly because I miss the glory days of the early days (late ‘90s, early ‘00s) of the Death Valley forums where I was able to connect with other authors and enthusiasts. I’ve followed links a few times into Facebook land, whereupon I was smacked in the face by their cyber brick wall blocking content and access without joining. I’ve never ventured into Twitter, and with all the negativity of posts from there served up daily on network news I have no intent ever going there. I seldom post photos so have no need for Instagram. And as for Spotify, I haven’t a clue as to its purpose and is there a cleaner for the spotify on my carpet?
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    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    So, with the negative news about Facebook today and the fallout, you think more will come here and become forum refugees?
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    Any New Drone Laws To Be Aware Of?

    Thanks, Jack. I think my buddy is generally loosing interest in the drone anyway. About all he was using it for was to chase range cows and wild horses off his property if the got in while his gates were open ...
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    Any New Drone Laws To Be Aware Of?

    Going to show this thread to a friend of mine with a Phantom pro model. He’s been having issues since summer, when it took nearly two weeks to get the latest update downloaded to his tablet (dedicated to the drone). He’s not been able to get it airborne since. During fire season, Winnemucca airport is used to base wildfire aerial support crews and aircraft. In the past he got locked out and couldn’t fly.
  20. Seven Troughs, Vernon, Mazuma, Tunnel Camp, Nevada - Day Trip: April 27, 2013 As time goes on, I'll post more details and photos. A synopsis of my travels today: * Met a friend - who lives in the Reno area - at Lovelock. We met at 9:30 AM. * After chatting for a time, We drove north, our original destination the ghost town of Vernon. * Aired down tires at the start of the dirt road branching off NV399 heading to the district. Visited some more. *The approaching lunch hour changed our plans to head to Tunnel Camp. * Lunch on arrival at Tunnel Camp, on the tailgate of my truck. My lunch consisted of a turkey and ham I picked up at Subway. * After lunch, we walked the camp, photographing, video. Walked entire camp, including the large tailings pile from the tunnel in the canyon. * Visited the cemetery, marked on the U.S.G.S. topo below Tunnel Camp. * Drove to Vernon. * Took route due north out of Vernon, stopped at the Portland Mine (marked on topo), the Fairview Mine (also marked), then continued on up and over the saddle and down into Seven Troughs. * A very nice drive through the Seven Troughs Range on this road. Scattered juniper stands dot the landscape. The grass was green. Lupine was blooming above about 5,500 feet elevation. We saw about a dozen antelope in the canyons between Vernon and Seven Troughs, some individually or in pairs, one group of five. * Explored the camp of Seven Troughs. * Having historic photos, I duplicated these for then and now comparisons. * By the time we left Seven Troughs, it was passing 6:00 PM. We stopped for only a few minutes in Mazuma, photographing the former mill site, the sped off. Both of us were far past due in letting our respective wives know that we were still alive, thus we felt compelled to get heading for Lovelock and a cellular signal. * Dinner at the restaraunt in the Sturgeon's Casino in Lovelock. I had a very good New York steak and eggs, with hash browns and toast for $9.77. My friend had the $9.77 New York steak dinner. * Aired up tires after dinner, then drove north and east in the darkness along I-80 home for an hour.
  21. Take a look at any Desert Magazine after the mid 1950s and you will see many ads for metal detectors. They caught on big by the 1960s and every unprotected ghost town became a target and were stripped of the majority of their treasures. I suppose today the odds of finding anything really neat is about like trying to strike it rich by gold panning the streams of the Mother Lode today. The free gold and relics were gone after the first big wave of those searching.
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    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    I am glad I am retired. My parents both grew up during the Depression and instilled in me principles that still work well today. My wife and I simplified long ago, even though we were making very good money. TV programs try to convince me that I should allow the big financial companies to manage my money; on my side of the table I can see through their sham and their "help" is all for them to help themselves to what I spent a lifetime earning. And on and on and so on and blah blah blah. Bob, I recal you mentioned you simplified, a big plus. I certainly do not have my finger on the pulse of the internet so am no expert. But my point is to take simple measures to protect yourself and family. I haven't a clue as to your day to day circumstances, but another tidbit of advice. I perceive you are in a whirlwind of activity in your quest. Don't let it burn you out, nor make you loose sight of the big picture. In my quest to make a name for myself as an author and historian, I got caught up in a two decade long whirlwind and burned myself out. I made mistakes that cost me a lot of money and didn't help me one bit achieve my goals. I still have a name but few come knocking. And at this point in my life it don't matter any more. So my point is pace youself. And don't get so wrapped up in your quest that you loose sight of the important things and/or see danger coming.
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    Sky Photos

    I’ve seen some interesting lighting where the photographer “painted” objects with a flashlight.
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    Sky Photos

    Nice shot, El. I believe you are looking at a near or full moon in the clouds. Simply flashing a strobe unit at any point in an open exposure shot will fill the foreground.
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    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    Hate to be a spoil sport, but I’ve been on earth long enough to see lots of cultures, countries, regimes, jobs, brands, economies and fads come and go. No matter how good you think you have it now, keep something in reserve and keep a Plan B ready because the next big thing is going to come and your current big thing is going to go. Yes, many have become obscenely wealthy on Internet offerings. An example is among the group of wealthy young people who recently bought Cerro Gordo ghost town is a young Bohemian type who became wealthy by cleverly spinning a certain type of mushroom into a Internet sensation and has people lining up to buy his magic mushrooms for huge amounts of money. But by and large the things I’ve seen people grow wealthy on have no substance, no real value, thus not sustainable when the economic bubble bursts or even slowly deflates. Magic mushrooms will be the least thing on people’s minds when they suddenly find themselves scrambling to figure out how they are going to keep from loosing all the toys in their toy boxes as well keep hold of things of real value and purchase basic necessities. Modern life and economy is becoming more based on 1s and 0s speeding along at the speed of light. At some point a 1 or a 0 just might derail and this whole house of cards will collapse. I’ve seen it before. I might live long enough to see it again.
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