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THE VICTORIAN HILLSIDE CEMETERIES WHERE VIRGINIA CITY’S DEAD REST IN PEACE

The Silver Terrace Cemeteries memorialize the diverse laborers who worked the Comstock and made Virginia City a boom town.  

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A VIKING RISES IN THE DESERT: A PHOTO ESSAY

A Viking is once again rising at this former talc mine and ghost camp in Death Valley California.    

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TALC CITY HILLS: A DVNP ADJACENT OFF ROAD ADVENTURE

Take an off road adventure through the white chalky hills that once produced nearly all the steatite grade talc in the United States.  

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CERRO GORDO GHOST TOWN: THE MINE THAT BUILT LA

The “Fat Hill” in the Inyo Mountains that helped build Los Angeles.    

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GOLD TO GHOST: RANDSBURG, CA

You’ll find lots of history and charm in this Mojave Desert living ghost town.      

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UNDERGROUND 2016

This annual 3-day event allows explorers of all skill levels access to miles of underground mines that were once some of the most profitable in the Death Valley region.   

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BORAX VISITORS CENTER: BORON, CA

Overlooking California’s largest open-pit mine and the largest borax mine in the world, the Borax Visitor Center includes a museum, gift shop and an original 20 mule team wagon that once ferried borax out of Death Valley from 1883 to […]

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THOMPSON SMELTER RUINS: MASON VALLEY, NEVADA

Constructed in 1910 to process the copper ore from nearby mines, the ruins of this million dollar smelter and former townsite spread out over 1300 acres of high desert near Yerington, Nevada.                   

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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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MINING AT 9000 FEET

Mining operations ceased in 1945 but this high elevation mining camp has remained in remarkable condition thanks to a group of volunteers who maintain the remaining buildings and museum for future generations to enjoy.

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