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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. From the album: Places With No Name

    I found this mine in the middle of the nowhere. I will only reveal the location to those in the Established Members forum, if they wish to know where it is. Unfortunately metal scrappers would completely destroy this site.

    © Explore Forums

  4. We decided to head out and do some exploring today and ended up back in Dixie Valley. We wanted to try out our new Ghost Town POI, and it worked excellent. We originally planned to go fossil hunting, but the roads were too muddy, so we turned around and headed back towards Dixie Valley. I wanted to get out to Bernice, but the daylight was limited so we headed back to find the site of Dixie.   We decided to take a quick stop after noticing the following house, but once we arrive we realized the entire area around the house was flooded. They have the valve on their well opened wide up and it has created a mote around the house. We walked around but couldn't find a way in.         We hit the road again and followed our GPS POI and made it to Dixie. I suspect this was the main mine at Dixie as the mine was extensive, but extremely unstable. It was collapsing everywhere. I did not enter the mine, but here are some shots:   NOTE: The first series of photos came out weird as I had knocked the little dial on my camera one my way down into the opening, and didn't notice until after I took a few shots.   When we first pulled up we seen this:   ' alt='' class='ipsImage' >   And here are some shots inside:   ' alt='' class='ipsImage' >                                     This road here was starting to slide down into the mine, only a narrow walk way to get by.         And finally we found the site of Dixie. It was getting late, so I quickly took this photo of what appear to be cement foundations, about 5 in total around the site. Looked to be a few other things in the area, but nothing really left. Kind of a bummer, and I wouldn't classify this as a ghost town, more of a ghost town site, if that makes sense.    
  5. I was reading the history of Aurora in the Nevada Ghost Town book written by Lambert Florin. According to Florin, "His friends Vic and James Bernard, whose family had lived in the town, recently visited there and found an opening in the old sewer lines. They were built entirely of brick, arched at the top which was high enough to allow a man to stand up. Unused for years, the lines ran for miles and the "inspectors" concluded many brick masons must have worked on the job at a tremendous cost.".   Anyone know anything about the old sewer system in Aurora?
  6. 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. -------------------------- Exploration Field Trips March 31-April 2, 2000 Into the Nevada Triangle with Lew Shorb Lew Shorb, of southern California, and I had been corresponding by email for quite some time, yet we had never met. Early in the year 2000, we finally did, when I went south to spend a couple days with a friend and his wife while he was recuperating after suffering major health problems. Since Lew and I both were avid history and off-road exploration fans, we started planning a trip together somewhere. Plans came to fruition March 30, 2000, when we met at the Red Barn in the ghost town of Bullfrog, Nevada. We planned to travel the "Nevada Triangle" of Death Valley National Park, using Lew’s GPS and THE EXPLORER’S GUIDE TO DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, by T. Scott and Betty Tucker Bryan, to navigate through some interesting and historic countryside for the weekend. Below is an account of our trip, based upon my transcribed verbal notes on microcassette. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Day 1 - March 30, 2000 Packed my truck after work. I lived in Ridgecrest, California at the time. Plans were still a bit sketchy, a meeting in Beatty, and dinner there was sort of the way we were going to start. Our trip itinerary was to visit the ghost town of Gold Bar in the Bullfrog District, Phinney Canyon Mine in the Grapevine Range, possibly go south to Carrara, then maybe into Death Valley and visit the site of Schwab in Echo Canyon. Lew was going to email me his final prospects that night. Due to technical problems with my ISP, I could not retrieve email. Day 2 - March 31, 2000 I attempted to retrieve my email early in the morning. Technical problems persisted, no email. Was Lew still coming, or would I be alone in the night in Rhyolite? So I decided my plan was to meet Lew [hopefully] at either at Beatty or Rhyolite after I got off work at the borax refinery in Trona, California. Things went downhill that morning before work while undergoing final preparations. While putting in final items into the back of the truck, I find that my air mattress, which had been pumped up a week before to check for leaks and had held air fine all week, was flat. My 5-gallon water jug, which had held a mix of water and a light dose of chlorine to clean and check for leaks for the past couple days, leaked out its entire contents overnight and made a big mess in the back of the truck and all over the garage floor. In my mind, the big blow would come this evening after work and driving to Rhyolite, and finding Lew would not be there; and that his email stating so was locked in the big machine of my ISP who was not giving me my email for the past two days due to their technical problems. At 5:45 P.M. I left work and left for Rhyolite. In case of another water jug failure, I purchased a few 1-gallon jugs of drinking water and ice before leaving Trona, as well as refilling my water jug. Not knowing the final plan on where to meet Lew, if he was to be out here at all, I started to call out for Lew periodically on my FRS two-way radio when I left Trona, just in case he was somewhere around waiting for me to get off work. The FRS was a new purchase specifically for this trip, and it has been a welcome tool since. Lew and I had already agreed on which channel to use for the trip. North winds were brisk leaving Searles Valley and advancing darkness made it colder. The winds died down when I entered Death Valley. Forecasts were calling for decreasing winds for the weekend. The temperature at Stovepipe Wells was a balmy 70º. Climbing out of Death Valley, my high beams suddenly went out, the daylight driving lights on my 1996 Chevrolet S-10 came on. I switched to low beams and they worked just fine. I reached for the headlight switch and found it was very hot. Great! No confirmation, no air in the mattress, no water in the jug. Now this. Topping Daylight Pass, I radioed once again for Lew. And I got an answer. Relief! Lew was waiting for me at the Red Barn in the Bullfrog townsite. He brought his son with him, plus a friend of his son. Though FRS radio manufacturers state that generally a radio range of two miles is maximum, Lew and I were chatting clearly at eight miles distance. Lew and I met at about 7:45 PM, then we drove a couple miles west and found a camp spot atop the Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad grade. We both set up camp amid the blackness of the night and the chilly northern breeze - Lew and the boys would sleep in Lew’s Jeep Cherokee, myself in the back of my truck. Our vehicles were T-boned into each other on the railroad grade. I blew up my air mattress with my 12-volt compressor with hopes it might hold air at least for the night. I made me a meal of canned chicken, instant split pea soup and instant mashed potatoes with wine - relished while sitting on the tailgate dressed in a hooded sweatshirt with a jacket over it. Lew and the boys had hot dogs. Conversation to the light of several Coleman lanterns ran the gamut from history to finalizing our travel plans to GPS units. Lew showed me the remains of his favorite type of GPS - an old 486 laptop computer running Windows 95 and DeLorme Street Atlas USA, with a Garmin GPS unit plugged in. The CPU on the computer blew that afternoon, so Lew allowed the boys to have fun with the .22 rifle. Lew had picked up the pieces and bagged them for disposal later. It was a chilly night. At 10:50 PM I had enough for the day and turned into my camp within the bed of my truck. I had my oversize bag plus my wife’s sleeping bag opened and laid over mine for extra warmth. I’m glad that I had it. But I had forgotten my pillow. The chilly night and no pillow made for a night of tossing and turning and little sleep.
  7. 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.
  8. I wish I could have seen it before, but I have to say, I am glad to see all those homes and the mine aren't going to waste. You can read more here. For those who don't want to read the news article, another mining company has purchased the entire town and mine. They are remodeling the homes for new occupants.
  9. The Hunt for Seven Troughs Ghost Town, Nevada. A Trip That Ended At Tunnel Camp. Standing in the dusty road in the center of town takes you back to another time entirely. Old buildings still standing from an era long gone by. If you dare, you can take it all in and imagine what life must have been like back when this was a small mining town. Not only is there a long history of this place, but it's also rumored to be haunted. One thing I know for sure is that it's a great place to take the family. Kids will love this place, the quite solitude makes you fee like you have time traveled into another world. If you are not use to the quiet, you may feel an uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach. I have heard of many stories of people having strange experiences at this location. Some believe it's haunted. We spent an entire day trying to find Seven Troughs ghost town, or what's left of it, but instead we found Tunnel Camp. This is our story. We headed out on our third attempt to find the ghost town of Seven Troughs Nevada on a nice and sunny weekend in July. We hit Lovelock NV at noon and drove through the center of town on our quest to find Seven Troughs. We drove down the dirt roads outside of Lovelock, and followed the route you see below to Vernon. Vernon is an old ghost town just outside of Seven Troughs, but there are a lot of roads here that can get you off track. Vernon consists of a cement building that I did not take any photos of last time, but if you continue on this road over the mountain range, you will miss the excellent ghost town of Tunnel Camp, but you will get to Porter Springs. Porter Springs is worth the trip, but not where you want to go if you want to visit Tunnel Camp. This was the route we took when we first missed Tunnel Camp. Of course Porter Springs is worth a visit, and it's a great place to have a nice family picnic, but vandals are quickly destroying the place, unfortunately. Anyway, after we made it two porter springs, we decided to head back over the mountain from Vernon and try to reassess our location. From this vantage point in Vernon, it's nearly impossible to figure out where Seven Troughs is located, but on a a hunch we took the following path to see if we could locate Seven Troughs: When we took this route, we were greeted with the following view: We had thought we made it to Seven Troughs, but it wasn't until later, after some research, that we realized that we had actually made it to Tunnel Camp, and not Seven Troughs. Needless to say, we still haven't made it to Seven Troughs, but we plan to make it all the way this year! Tunnel Camp is worth a visit, but you better hurry as vandals are quickly destroying this place. It's a shame losers destroy these places! So take a quick detour off of highway 80 and visit this old ghost town. Tunnel camp started in 1926 with one goal, to build a tunnel to Seven Troughs. The tunnel would be used to drain the Seven Troughs mines and to transport ore to Tunnel. But errors in the tunnel caused the town problems which it never recovered. It was sporadically lived in up until the 1970's. I has remained completely abandoned ever since.
  10. We had a hell of a time getting out to this site ... because we came in from the wrong direction! Even when leaving in the right direction, the resent rains had washed away many parts of the road. I was seriously thinking we were going to get stuck. This caused me to leave before finding the much better ghost town close by, but I plan on a return trip in the near future. This video is older, before the use of a stabilizer and external microphone.
  11. We also made it out to Ellsworth recently, and I took a video and some photos. Here is one of the photos, I will post more soon. The site looks almost the same from the last time we visited, but you can tell the vandals have caused a lot more damage unfortunately.
  12. From the album: Places With No Name

    Discovered this secret and hidden abandoned ghost town hoist control room.

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  13. We decided to stop by Coaldale Nevada ghost town a few weeks ago as we were in the Mina area and decided to see what it was all about. I would have loved to stop by here before the vandals arrived, but unfortunately the vandals have really done a number on the place. Sad really. Here are some photos from our trip, a video will be forthcoming.
  14. 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.

    © Explore Forums

  15. Yesterday we headed out to Simon Nevada ghost town. The roads leading to the town have been washed out in many locations, making it impossible for low clearance vehicles to reach the site. Most normal 4wd vehicles should easily make it IF you come in from the Mina side. It's a little sketch in some spots, but definitely worth the trip. I missed a few spots on the way, but have some more places to stop next time I head out here. There are a few buildings left, some some very dangerous mine shafts. Some cool looking ore tracks are still left as well as a building full of ore samples.
  16. From the album: Simon Nevada

    Some kind of tank out at Simon Nevada ghost town.

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  17. From the album: Simon Nevada

    Some old ore cart rails in Simon Nevada ghost town.

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