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TECOPA, CA

This former mining town, with its healing waters, incredible landscape, abandoned treasures and rich mining history, is a great place to explore on your way to Death Valley National Park.      

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TUNGSTEN TOWN: THE GHOST OF ATOLIA, CA

This once booming mining town of over 2000 people included a dairy, four restaurants, a movie theater, and the “Bucket of Blood” saloon. Today, it sits abandoned slowly succumbing to the harsh desert elements that surround it.  

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A DRIVING TOUR ALONG SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S HISTORIC RIDGE ROUTE

Considered an engineering marvel in its day, this 48-mile route traveled along the mountain ridges between Castaic Junction to the bottom of the grade at Grapevine, CA and was the first paved highway to directly link the LA Basin to […]

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PLANE CRASH BROTHEL

In 1978, a promotional stunt for Fran’s Star Ranch Brothel near Beatty, Nevada resulted in the crash of a twin-engined aircraft. The wreck has been located next to the brothel’s billboard ever since.  

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MONTGOMERY PAS[t]S

There’s a cluster of abandoned buildings just over the Nevada border on a lonely stretch of Highway 6. An old roadside oasis 7,120 feet high where travelers could stop for gas, grab a bite to eat, get a room or […]

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FRAZIER MOUNTAIN FIRE LOOKOUT [ABANDONED]

The tower, a boxy wooden structure with peeling Army green paint, was built in 1936. Today it sits abandoned, a former shell of itself on top of Frazier Mountain.      

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AMALIE MILL & MINE

Dating back to 1894, the Amalie Mill & Mine near Caliente, CA remains one of the best preserved mining sites in and around Kern County.    

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SURPLUS CANDY LA

Over 50 of the top street artists, one abandoned West Adams mansion & only 4 hours to see it before it all gets buffed over. Hanksy’s West Coast version of Surplus Candy comes to LA.      

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BIG HORN MINE [EXTERIOR]

Perched nearly 7000 feet up on the rugged eastern face of Mount Baden-Powell and overlooking the historic East Fork of the San Gabriel River, sits one of Southern California’s largest abandoned mines.      

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KNIGHT FOUNDRY

A center of innovation in California’s Mother Lode country, the historic Knight Foundry actively served the needs of the mining and lumber industries for over 120 years and is believed to be the only remaining water-powered foundry and machine shop […]

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