I've just finished posting the report of my 2013 Nevada ghost town trip on my website! It's not directly railroad-related but there's a lot of great reference material for mines, mills and other structures:
My 2013 trip was a real adventure in every sense of the word! I saw some wonderfully preserved sites, many historic ruins, and a mine big enough to drive a car in; ancient log cabins and fascinating machinery; thunderstorms, flash floods, wildlife encounters, and a blue sphinx! I also had a variety of car problems, a near-disaster, and my first-ever call to 911, and being on the receiving end of Mineral County's Search and Rescue! I visited many interesting sites, most of which I’d never seen before, and a few I had not seen in many years.
I hope you'll enjoy reading about it. If you discover any broken links or other issues, please let me know. Also I'd appreciate hearing any suggestions as to how I could improve the site or make it easier to navigate.
This is an absolutely fantastic account of your travels and research at these old mining sites and I really appreciate you sharing it with the rest of us.
So far I've just scratched the surface of your trip diary but did find that the link to Page 6 at the bottom of Page 5 takes one back to Page 4. Page 6 on the consecutive list of page links worked fine.
As soon as I have some reading time I'll be eagerly checking out your very interesting site descriptions in detail and methodically clicking on all the nested links.
Just read your article. What a trip and on your own. Loved all of the images. It is something I would like to do but as I live in Australia alas will most likely never get to do it.
Thank you for sharing I for one appreciate it.
Read through your trip report with great interest. As an Easterner it is extremely difficult to comprehend some one, or some company, just walking away from buildings or equipment. I suppose out there, if you could find good water, and were financially independent you could become a squatter very easily--if you were the type that didn't mind being alone. First necessity for me would be a dog for company.
Any way --great photos, and story--thanks for sharing it with us.
Some of the photo captions need changing to locate which photo the caption is for. Other than that, an excellent read!
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Herb, there used to be squatters at a lot of old mines, people who would just use "mining" as an excuse to live there, but without actually working the claim. Sometimes it was a miner who just got too old, or even the spouse of a deceased miner. Other times it was just bums or people who dropped out of society.
Then the BLM cracked down on the practice sometime in the late 1970s, I think it was.
Ironically some of the best preserved mining camps are the ones that were used by squatters -- having someone living there prevented vandalism.