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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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VERTICAL MINE SHAFT EXPLORATION: RANDSBURG, CA

On a recent camping and mine exploration trip out in the Mojave Desert, I explored my first vertical shaft which plunged 15 stories deep into the earth.

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RETURN TO OLD DUTCH

There’s something about the Old Dutch Cleanser Mine that keeps me coming back for more.

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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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HIKING MILLNER CREEK: WHITE MOUNTAINS, CA

Located 20 miles north of Bishop, CA at the base of the White Mountains, water from Millner Creek was once used to power the mining operations of the nearby Champion Spark Plug Mine.

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DOWN AND OUT IN YERINGTON, NV

After getting cop block’d while exploring the abandoned Sage Crest Drive-In in Yerington, I headed over to the former mining town of Weed Heights to check out the recently designated Superfund site of the massive Anaconda Copper Mine.

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BLUESTONE MINE RUINS

Below the ruins of an old mill site outside of Mason, Nevada, a unique landscape has formed. The natural looking formations were actually created by the sediment runoff from the processed ore that was mined here from 1890-1930.

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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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TIPI LIVING IN HISTORIC CHINA RANCH

The hidden oasis near DVNP that includes a massive date farm, tipis and incredible hiking opportunities within the Amargosa River Valley.

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