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GHOST MINE: EASTERN SIERRA NEVADA

Sitting at an elevation of 8000 feet in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, this ghost mine operated from 1909 to 1938.

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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.

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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.

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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. In 1966, Roy Purcell took a break from pursuing a Master’s degree in Fine Arts at Utah State University to labor as a miner in the Cerbat Mountains near Chloride, Arizona. With […]

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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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