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A DRIVING TOUR OF MAZOURKA CANYON: HIGHWAY 395

Located east of Independence, Mazourka Canyon Road crosses the Owens River Valley before cutting into the western side of the Inyo Mountains. Along the way it passes a ghost train depot, a pet cemetery and numerous abandoned mines before reaching […]

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GHOST CAMP[ING] IN THE MOJAVE DESERT: A PHOTO ESSAY

Camping in an old abandoned mining camp out in the Mojave Desert.  

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THE GHOST OF LITTLE LAKE, CA: OWENS VALLEY

Established in 1909 as a stop for travelers making their way between Los Angeles and the Eastern Sierra, this roadside settlement once included a store, auto repair shop, gas station, post office and an iconic rock-faced hotel. A highway realignment, […]

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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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SHASTA CITY : SHASTA STATE HISTORIC PARK

On the road between Redding and the California Coast, sits a once-thriving and now picturesque gold rush ghost town nestled in the hills along the Trinity River. A century and a half ago, Shasta was the biggest city in the […]

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HARD LUCK MINE CASTLE

A private tour of Randy Johnston’s remote 4-story, 8,000-square-foot desert castle which has been under construction for the past 16 years.      

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DUBLIN GULCH/AMARGOSA

The cave homes of Dublin Gulch in Shoshone, CA and the old borax mining company theater that was transformed into the Amargosa Opera House by artist/performer Marta Becket.

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CHLORIDE, AZ

Daytripping through the oldest mining town in Arizona.      

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THE CHICAGO OF THE WEST: RHYOLITE, NV

The ghost town of Rhyolite & the odd outsider art installations that surround it.        

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BALLARAT GHOST TOWN

Sitting at the base of the Panamint Mountains west of Death Valley, lies the ghost town of Ballarat, CA. The town that once supported over 400 people, now sits empty with only the ruins of several adobe/wood buildings, a cemetery […]

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