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My 2013 Nevada/Mojave Ghost Town Trip !
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 Posted: Sat Aug 17th, 2013 05:55 am
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Ray Dunakin
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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:

http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Nevada_Trip_2013_Part_One.html


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.



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 Posted: Sat Aug 17th, 2013 02:14 pm
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Ray,

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.

Great job! :moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:

BrianM



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 Posted: Sat Aug 17th, 2013 02:43 pm
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That looks like it was a fun trip, Ray. I liked the mine pictures.... very interesting. The Rocket photos are really cool too!



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 Posted: Sun Aug 18th, 2013 01:11 am
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Hi Ray.
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.
Rod.

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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!


Herb



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 Posted: Sun Aug 18th, 2013 01:49 am
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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.



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