Ghost Towns

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  1. LadyEagle

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    Okay, I get it....I'm the only one who cares about ghost towns, relics of the past. But maybe that's because I've never been to one. [​IMG]
     
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    There are many around here, in the old gold mining area of California: Dry Creek is still partly alive, but barely. There are so many more. Up and down highway 49 in these hills there are a number of deserted dwellings and remnant towns. We enjoy taking out of town guests around to see them.
     
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    I've visited a number of ghost towns in Colorado, especially in the San Juan Mts. These are mainly silver mining towns which flourished from about 1870 until the early 20th century. Life was very rough in those towns, and many men died from avalanches and other dangers. A lot of money was made, too; the daughter of one mine owner ended up buying the Hope Diamond. Most of the ghost towns are accessible now only by 4WD.
     
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    I just found this thread. I love to visit Ghost Towns. VisIted many of them in Colorado.

    Funny thing, when I looked at the Ghost Towns of Oklahoma, I find that I used to live in what is considered a ghost town. Sure isn't a ghost town. My children went to school there. It is considered a suburb of Oklahoma City with that name and it did have an old downtown, but ghost town, no Way.

    Thanks for sharing! This was fun to check out the sites of some of the towns I have visited. Brought back lots of memories.
     
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    Cool site but there is no shortage of pop ups.

    Pop-up alert!

    Dave
     
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    An hour or so north of here is the ghost-town, Bodie. I've not seen it yet, but will, when spring arrives.
     
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    Last I heard, Heritage USA (PTL Club) is still a ghost town. Seriously.


    Miracle Valley, Ariz. (founded by the late evangelist A.A. Allen) was a ghost town for many years I'm told, until a couple of Pentecostal groups moved in to reclaim it as holy ground.

    Roscoe
     
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    Looked up my town. Its on there, but the info is really, really innaccurate.

    Says we have 8000 people. I've lived here since 1977, and there have never been less than 20,000. The climate info is way off, too.

    The pages for other towns around where I lived were full of misinformation, too.
     
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    I used to live in Eureka, CA, and there were several ghost towns around there. A particular one near where we used to go to buy apples, in the early '50s when I was a girl, and it held a lot of mystery. We would park the car, then the family would cross a swinging bridge that I believed was too treacherous for me, so I never went across. Instead, I would stay near the car.

    There was a fence there, and a large drive-through heavy gate, protecting a ghost town in which the houses appeared to have been very suddenly deserted. There were pianos in some homes, all the furniture was in place, and there were even dishes on some tables and pots still on stoves. However, I had been told that there was a mean bull inside the fence, so I did not dare explore. But oh, how I wanted to!

    When I moved back in 1983, one day, I took the children riding around, and we accidentally found the place where I remembered the ghost town. It had all overgrown, the swinging bridge was gone, but the gate and fence remained.

    This ghost town was listed on the site -- how exciting! But I learned that the buildings had been burned to the ground in the '70s by the local lumbering company.

    Father used to make calls to a place where only a few people lived. I don't remember its name, but it was an American Indian reservation that was dying. It was also in the same area, but no one had heard of it, and many did not believe it existed. Regardless, Father would go out there and do repairs for people, and someone was paying him! :) It must have existed. Apparently, it was off a few unmarked winding roads.
     
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    That's cool! I went to Bodie once when I was a kid. I was happily surprised to see Bodie onthe list. It's a great place to visit.
    I think I wanna go again.
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    Try zentropolis.net/logs_2003_09_22.htm
     
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    Ah, yes, PTL: Pass the Loot [​IMG]

    Seriously, I went there before everything hit the fan. Nice place at the time, criticism of PTL notwithstanding.
     

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