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  1. The town of Amboy was established in 1883 as the first of a series of alphabetical railroad stations and towns that were to stretch across the gigantic Mojave Desert in Southern California. After the construction of Route 66 through the town in 1926, Amboy's glory days commenced. In 1938 Roy's Motel and Cafe opened. It did very well because there was nothing else for MANY miles in any direction. I don't think the population of Amboy ever came anywhere close to 100 people and there appears to be only a few in the area these days. In 1973 a new highway (Interstate 40) was constructed that bypassed the town and started it's demise. The good news is that the place has been purchased and they are pumping gas again! I'm pretty sure the motel and cottages will never be opened again, but it's a start. To read more: http://patricktillett.blogspot.com/2013/04/amboy-ca-ghost-town-roys-motel-and-cafe.html
  2. Hello all, After too long being absent from the online ghost town community, a recent trip out to the eastern half of the state has inspired me to start posting again. So to kick that off I'll begin with a series on dying and dead towns in the state's Palouse Country. First off... Winona, Washington Like the nearby living town of La Crosse, Winona was established as a station on the Oregon Railroad & Navigation (Union Pacific) railroad line between the Tri Cities and Spokane. Its name came from one of the lead construction engineers, who hailed from Winona, Minnesota. Home to a camp for railroad workers building the main line and a branch to Pullman, the town quickly grew, with a post office opening in 1891. By 1910 the census showed 624 residents in Whitman County's Winona precinct. Like the rest of the fertile Palouse, Winona continued to flourish in the first half of the 20th centurydriven partly by the construction of grain storage facilities by the Sperry Flour Company in the early 1920's. However, like many small farm towns, the lure of bigger communities became too strong. The 1940 census shows that the population had decreased to 410. The Winona School District consolidated with that of nearby Endicott in 1955 and the school was sold to a local resident. By 1970, Winona didn't even appear as a census location. Then disaster struck. According to a gentleman I met while visiting the town, circa 1970 an out-of-control grass fire swept through the town, destroying much of what remained. Either due to the destruction of their structures or just simply the collapse of Winona, the Union Pacific closed its depot in 1971. The post office soon followed suit, ending operations in 1973. Today, looking at census data for the precinct subdivisions in Winona, only about 20 people live in the community. Looking at the former downtown, only a handful of structures remain in a neat, if worn, little row. First on the left is Kuehl's, which apparently served as a longtime hardware and grocery store. Next is the former bank building. I was told it was built circa 1890 and is one of the oldest banks in the region. The grey, concrete structure is the grange hall which despite being long-closed still supposedly bears a mostly intact interior. The brick building farthest to the right at one time hosted a general store, and one of the last businesses to operate there was a grocery store. Just uphill from the downtown, on what was Main Street stands the former Methodist Church. Long out of operation, and now used for storage by one of the few residents, it will likely collapse soon unless the roof is replaced.
  3. 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. Between June 19 and 27, 2001, I undertook a trip throughout northern Nevada, southeastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho in search of ghost towns, adventure and to enjoy the wide open spaces that the Great Basin is known for. Beside myself, there was Alan Patera, of Oregon; Graham, of the California Bay Area; and Gil, of southern California. Since we were coming from different points on the map, we elected Midas, Nevada - located in the far western side of Elko County northeast of Winnemucca, as a meeting point. Gil was originally going to drive to my primary home, then at Ridgecrest, California, and ride with me. However, at the last minute, he changed his mind and drove his car the entire trip. Graham and I chose to meet at Hawthorne, Nevada or at Mono Lake, depending on the circumstances of our first morning travels. Alan was to meet Graham and I in the evening at Midas on our first day out. Gil planned to meet us at noon the following day at Midas. My 4x4 rig at the time was my 1996 Chevrolet S-10. It was bone stock, with standard suspension. It was powered by the 4.3 liter V6 with the higher power option; a 5-speed manual transmission; standard, lever activated 4x4 transfer case. The interior sported the LS option package, which included upgraded interior materials; but the truck still had manual crank windows, no tilt steering wheel; and had an aftermarket cruise control installed. Other options were bucket seats and console. The truck had nearly 100,000 miles on it when we started. It turned over the century mark during this trip, on a dirt road in the wide open spaces of north-central Elko County. Graham drove a 1990 Chevrolet ¾-ton 4x4 pickup with a low profile, pop-up camper. The truck is scarcely optioned, running a 350 cubic inch V8 and a 5-speed manual transmission. Graham has equipped the truck over the years for expedition and is well equipped to tackle everything. However, his truck became problematic over the course of the trip. Alan Patera drove his bone stock 1997 Ford Explorer. It's the most stripped Explorer I've seen, virtually no options. It's well used off road and the lack of fluff has suited this rig well. Gill tagged along in his 1990 Pontiac Grand Prix. He slept in it, ate in it and drove it over miles of dirt roads. The car would have escaped unscathed, if not for his hitting a deer on the dirt road between Tuscaurora and Midas after he split from our group on the last day we all were together. He continued to drive his wrecked car for a couple more days, until he stopped to visit friends in Reno. My camera at the time was one of the original Sony Mavica digital cameras, with a resolution of 640x480. For storage of photos, it used standard floppy disks. The Mavica was in its dying stages at the time, I had owned it about three years. It started acting up on the second day of the trip; completely quit, inexplicably began working again, then died completely on the last day of this adventure. I took a 35mm Pentax camera along as a backup, but had taken along a roll of old film. None of the photos I took with the Pentax came out, I had shot one roll. When processing the many disks of digital photos, I found that about ten or eleven disks had been corrupted by issues with the camera, so that I was not able to extract the images from the disks, loosing around 200 images. Many of the lost images were of ghost towns, such as in the case of National, Nevada; so that I have no images whatsoever of that location, others few. My written documentation for each day of the trip will be in a rather paraphrased format, but includes all travel and most experiences. You can gather the rest of the trip from the video and photos. I will break the six plus hours of edited video taken and cut down to videos for each single day, along with a photo slide show at the end. This thread will contain all content from this trip from start to end. In a break from my past custom when presenting video on this forum, and due to the volume and number of ghost towns visited, I will not write up a history for the ghost towns or historic places visited. That is far too time consuming and labor intensive. There are plenty of written and web resources if one wishes to pursue their quest for knowledge of these sites. 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.
  4. Short little video of an explore I made a few weeks ago. I've been meaning to post this for some time but was overcome by a lot of RL events with work & stuff. But I am starting a series of videos on the Oregon Trail as it came through Boise, and one of those videos includes the tiny town of Mayfield, Idaho. I read about it in a newspaper and saw that there is going to be a concerted effort to develop the area around the old town site and figured I should collect some images while I could. I found a really cool region close to my home that I knew nothing about, so I may go out there again for more videos. Anyhow, here's a link for the interested and I'll try to pick up the pace and do more than one video a month!
  5. I heard about Elberton from a couple of townfolk in the nearby small town of Garfield, WA. It wasn't until this past summer that I finally got a chance to explore and find the once thriving town, now not so much. Only a handful of structures remain from what once was a 200 acre, 500 person town in a draw along the Oregon-Washington Railroad (no longer used). The town was evidently started by a man named C.D. Wilbur and named after his son Elbert. Due to several catastrophic events (a fire and the great depression to follow), the town began a rapid decline and is now down to about 15 full-time residents. Whitman County bought the townsite and made a park there with hiking trail and other paths through the ruins in 1970. The most prominant reminders of what once was are the in-tact Church (United Brethren, I believe) and the perennial gardens from homesteads past that continue to grow in the Spring. Below are a few pictures of what you see there now.
  6. Toyah takes its name from an Indian word meaning 'flowing water'. It is the oldest townsite in Reeves County, and began as a trading post for ranches in the area. Prior to the Texas and Pacific Railway's arrival, W.T. Youngblood and his family arrived in a covered wagon and opened an adobe store. In 1881, Toyah saw first train and a post office was open. By the end of the year, Toyah had tents, saloons, restaurants, and a six-times weekly stage service provided by the Overland Transportation Company connecting to Fort Stockton and Fort Davis. In 1886, the A.M. Fields Hotel was opened, and in 1894 Toyah's first school was built. By 1910, Toyah had a population of 771 and had become an important cattle shipping point (although the shipping point soon moved to Toyahvale, some 25 miles south as the crow flies). A handsome new brick school was erected in 1912, and by 1914 Toyah had over a thousand residents, where it remained until the Crash of 1929. Two years later, only 553 remained in Toyah, and only 17 businesses were open. Since then, Toyah has been in a steady decline. By 2010, only 90 people remained in the quiet town. The school building has been abandoned for decades, and the majority of the business district was leveled by a tornado in 2004. Toyah School, built 1912 Ruins of the old Bank Toyah Christian Church Toyah Baptist Church, est 1903 For more Toyah photos, check out my Toyah album.
  7. 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. I made the trip with author/publisher Alan Patera, of Oregon. I had been this way several times previous, but this was Alan’s first time. Alan publishes the WESTERN PLACES series of monograph publications, centering on the history of locations now ghost towns. He and I have collaborated on several published historical writings over the years, and have traveled to and have camped in many historical locations. On this hike, we drove up and parked at what is shown on the topo maps as Chris Wicht Camp. Chris Wicht was a colorful character, businessman and prospector who lived in the region in the late 19th century and early 20th century; who was a barkeep at Ballarat, now a ghost town a few miles away on the Panamint Valley floor. He is buried in the nearby community of Trona. At the time of the hike, Chris Wicht Camp was inhabited by father and son George and Rocky N.; George has since died and Rocky has since been operating the seasonal general store down at Ballarat. Alan and I then hiked upstream, through an increasing flow of water, topping out at the top of what is locally known as the falls, about a third of a mile below Limekiln Spring. At that point, there are found in the copious overgrowth of willows mining equipment and a vehicle or two. Above this point, the road the remaining way to Panamint City has been left alone by the elements and is still in drivable shape but now out of bounds. Since Alan and I weren’t prepared and it was too late in the day to continue up to Panamint City, we returned back to my vehicle. Believe it or not, this byway used to be a maintained road, accessing historic Panamint City, one of the region’s early mining booms, founded in 1873. The remains of Panamint City are high up the canyon, at an elevation of about 6,350 feet. Though Panamint as a town was a ghost town by the 20th century, a few hardy souls have often lived in one or other of the structures that stood up there thereafter. There was always some mining activity going on up there, thus Inyo County kept the road maintained. Severe flashfloods of 1984 totally destroyed the road in the lower canyon. Inyo County didn’t have the funds, nor did the few who worked their prospects and mines and who lived in one of the few shacks provide the tax base to undertake such a major rebuild. The route above the high point that Alan and I reached is still in very good shape and could be taken by most vehicles. The route that we walked was the goal for hard core off road enthusiasts with extremely modified rigs and big winches to about the year 2000, when a large environmentalist group sued the U.S. government and the road has been closed to vehicles since. Protests and lawsuits were made by land owners and those who had patented claims at Panamint City, without success. At the time Alan and I walked the road, there were still occasional groups who made it up this canyon with their vehicles, as the closure was still about four years in the future. There were owners of patented mining claims who drove as far as they could then hiked in to do their annual assessment work. Death Valley had changed from National Monument to National Park status the year previous. Alan and I didn’t make it to Panamint City that day, which is several miles further on up the canyon. But we did make a hike up there the following year and camped overnight, along with two other people, which is another video I’ll add in time. In the days I took this video, I was using a Sony Hi-8 video camera. In those days, most of my video editing was simply dubbing video off the camera and onto the VHS tape in the VCR, using the pause button on the VCR to edit out unwanted video. This particular tape was edited using a complex, cumbersome, old style video editing system, which utilized the camera, a monitor, a VCR and a box that contained an archaic computer. All editing took place by archaic and hard to use on screen menus. That is why the video begins with some graphics and text indicating some of the details of the trip. This video segment is just over 10:38 long. Put on your waders and enjoy! NOTE: There is a blank section midway that is about five seconds long and doesn’t show anything. Don’t worry, the video will come back and continue. Surprise_1996.mpg Surprise_1996.xmp [Note: This file is a corresponding file to the video file above and will not do anything of its own if clicked.] Surprise_1996.wmv UPDATE: A retry of the original video, plus the same video in two other formats attempted to see if I can get any to work. This will also help me to determine what video file format works best on this board.
  8. I am searching for some cool abandoned places! I leave Las Vegas on September 5th so wanting to visit some old abandoned buildings, towns, vehicles, any military stuff, etc. I drive a Jeep that is somewhat built so looking for something way far out untouched by vandals and scum of the earth. I've found a few places listed and unlisted through aerial views but want some new stuff to explore. Thank you in advance for any information.
  9. Here is my latest video of a ghost town we discovered yesterday. It looks to be maintained by someone, perhaps the claim holder. The property is on National Forest Land, which means the structures are probably illegally built, but I am not saying a word to the National Forest Service. I would hate to see the buildings torn down or destroyed. This place is in such good shape that it would appear someone must reside there at least part of the year. I don't have any photos because I left my camera in the car as I thought it was only around the corner, but the hike was a little longer than I had anticipated. The 95 degree weather didn't help any. One thing I noticed were the amount of flies, they were everywhere.
  10. My husband and I stumbled across this cemetery on a drive through the log truck trails near our home about six months ago and intended to return. We went back this weekend and the property has been fenced and posted "No Trespassing". I am going to attempt to get permission to roam around. We spoke to somebody else who was in the area and they informed us that there is an entire ghost town out there and that some of the grave sites date back to the 1800's. So, cross your fingers in hopes that I will be able to find the owners of the property and that they will allow us to explore.
  11. CABIN CREEK, Colo. -- If you enjoy solitude, an entire town in Colorado that's about 45 minutes from Denver could be yours for $350,000. The town, Cabin Creek, is located just outside of Byers, Colorado in rural Adams County. Read more here
  12. We stumbled upon Unionville by mistake, after taking a wrong turn when trying to find one of our clubs claims. I wouldn't classify Unionville as a ghost town since it still has plenty of living residents and most of the area is private property. Not worth the trip IMO, and here is the only thing I found worth looking at. These buildings were on a plot of land that is currently for sale.
  13. This is a place I have been eyeing for a long time, and I finally made it out there. This is only one episode and I imagine I will have about 5 or 6 episodes in total. We spent the entire day out at this place, and it still wasn't enough time to see everything. We only left because our stomachs were letting us know that we needed some food. The first part isn't overly exciting, but I really didn't expect to find a swimming pool and a kids playground! The lack of vandalism was also amazing! The kids playground is nearly in perfect shape, and I am betting the local residents actually built it themselves out of whatever they had sitting around at the time! I edited this video a little differently, so please let me know what you think about it.
  14. We found this place about two weeks ago, great site. I am not sure if the roads will still be passable as the area seemed to get some serious rain since we been there, but the road is fairly maintained up to the gate. At the gate, you have to hike about a mile, which isn't bad, but it's very steep terrain. We came around a corner and caught a glimpse of the massive operation. It was completely unexpected as we were really in the middle of nowhere. We did see an old outhouse and a few abandoned miners cabins on the way up. As we approached the stairs, we had to deliberate on whether to trust the stairs. They were solid up top, but were a little sketchy at the bottom. A video will be posted soon. Anyway, due to the amount of metal at this site, I will only reveal its location to Established Members who are interested in checking it out. I would hate to see this place ransacked by metal scrappers. This place was a really cool find. Street lamps, and a processing system with conveyor belts, classifiers, and much more. It looks like all you would need to do is hit the power button and you would be back in business! Anyone know what this place is called? The lack of vandalism was really unexpected. A look back up the stairs we just came down. We took a wrong turn and ended up at the top of the stairs! Coming down these stairs is a little sketchy as they are not attached at the bottom and are free floating. I am going to start bringing a drill, screws, nails, and hammer when I check these places out. It would be nice to try and help preserve these locations as much as possible.
  15. From the album: Places With No Name

    We found this mine just recently and it's in excellent shape. Due to vandals and metal scrappers, we will not reveal to location unless you are an established member of the forums.

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  16. I know we have all come across a lot of abandoned vehicles when out exploring, so I figured it would be cool if we could get everyone to post their photos of the abandoned vehicles they have come across. I have come across a lot of abandoned vehicles when out exploring and I thought it would be nice to see what vehicles you have come across and perhaps try to identify the make and models? Here are some I have come across, can you identify the vehicles makes and models? I always find coming across old abandoned vehicles to be extremely interesting. I always wonder how the vehicle ended up there, why was it left there, and who use to own it? And above all, why in the hell do people feel the need to shoot them up?
  17. From the album: Gabbs Hazmat Mine

    I found this place yesterday, not sure what it's called, but it was a cool find!

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  18. This appeared to be a small mining camp off Jungo Road, near Winnemucca Nevada. I decided to try my hand at a video this time, but I quickly realized I made some mistakes. I wanted to share it anyway just for feedback. For the record, I had image stabilization turned on normal when it should have been put on dynamic since I was walking around. The wind meant was strong so I had to put a sound track over most of the video. I also have my new Armada going through some flooded dirt roads, which it handled no problem, and got some nice lightning shots.
  19. From the album: Jessup Ghost Town Nevada

    A dead fox we came across when out exploring Jessup. No obvious signs of why this fox died were present.

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  20. We headed out on a loop from Wild Horse Reservoir to Jarbidge to Charleston. The ride is an amazing ride which I will add photos later, and we came across 6 rattlesnakes, 2 gopher snakes, 1 rubber boa, and 1 garter snake. The scenery on this trip was amazing, but I found Jarbidge to be less then impressive and it reminded me a lot of the small California towns in the Santa Cruz area. Anyway, we continued on from Jarbidge to Charleston, which I found is much different than the Charleston I see posted on many other websites. There was a sign outside of Charleston which identified it as Charleston, and of course I forgot to take a photograph of the sign, but we did go inside the old series of houses which were interconnected, or maybe it was one huge mansion. The house or series of houses were pretty amazing, built over a stream. You have to cross a wooden bridge to enter the house, and by the looks of the house, it was squatted in for a while before being abandoned again. Outside the house, it said "Gate Open, Inquire Within", but when we got up to the door, nobody was there. I called out a few times to make sure we the place was abandoned, and once we verified it was abandoned we started exploring the area. There was a table set for four, but you could tell by the dust, it had been set for a long time. We didn't disturb anything and left the place just like it was when we entered. There were no no-trespassing signs and nothing outside. In addition, the front door was ajar when we arrived. We took only photographs and left only footprints. Magazines were strewn about in strange locations, a bed and entire room was covered with wallpaper, with a bathtub at the foot of the bed. A cooler with what appeared to be dried blood was in the home, probably blood left over from a fish or other animal the squatter had killed. Overall, there was a ton of interesting stuff to see here, but we had to be very careful due to the amount of snakes. I have never seen so many snakes on a single drive before, and most of the rattle snakes didn't even have a single button yet. I will create a new gallery for the drive we made. I will attach my gallery of the area instead of posting individual photos since some people have a hard time downloading them on slower connections. This is the type of area I look for when exploring. This made the entire trip worth the gas money.
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