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Nevada ghost towns

Ed1963

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#21
Yup, that's the one I was referencing. Supposedly there are several entrances to the cave , spread out over a space of about 20 miles. Sure would be nice to find one, and some of those large nuggets too!
right on my friend lives in Tacopa cali on her parents old property her parents were rock hounds and made jewelry from the 40's through the late 80's

I loved it when she told me this story she's upper 70's herself
 

Tys 4x4

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#22
Hey guys, thought some of you might enjoy this.
A guy in out local FJ club organized a 5 day ghost town expedition throughout Nevada. I only tagged along for 1 of the 5 days. So I will share those pictures, and link to a thread with the rest of the pics taken. I personally saw Reveille and New Reveille, and then Tybo. Several other towns were visited in the other days. Amazed at the stuff that lies in the middle of our barren state.

























 
#29
Wonder why there is not one roof structures left in the whole town of Delamar Nv.I really don't see much of any roof wood lying around.This building shows signs of a long ago fire.Even the stone walls of smaller houses are being absorbed back into the desert ground.Just a hundred years or so looks like a thousand.
 

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mbogo

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#30
Between the wind, scavengers, scroungers, and souvenir seekers, there isn't much left at Delamar. I was there in November and was surprised at how little structure remains.

mbogo
 

gixxer760

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Tophog

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#33
not sure if this is considered a ghost town but its an old mine that seems like might not be there much longer.

http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/nevada-family-fights-government-over-property-near-area-51

The Sheahans say their buildings have been strafed and bombed by military jets over the past six decades. They believe it was an errant bomb or dropped wing tank that blew up their mill in the 1950's -- ending production at the mine.
If eminent domain doesn't work, bomb 'em out!
 
#34
Here's something that has me baffled about some of our local southern Nevada ghost towns.For example Delamar and Rhyolite,when you see pictures of both all that's left of them is pretty much a few walls and some of the stone foundations.They look like ancient Roman or Greek ruins that are 1000 years old.But it's only been about 100 years.There was so many structures from the pictures from 1906 or 1909 for example.They were really large communities.Could it be people scavenged all the wood and stones and used them in other homes around the area?I don't know but it's like a nuclear bomb went off and wiped them off the face of the Earth.Just look at some of the old photo's when they were thriving and you"ll see what I mean.
 

pakanml

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#35
I was recently reading a cool book about NV ghost towns and specifically Delamar. It turns out that supplies were so scarce and hard to get that often entire towns would be transported to nearby towns that were constantly popping up.
 

Gullwing

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#36
Recycle! I have heard that pioneers would burn down old structures to collect the nails before moving on since nails were so expensive to make.
No reason for others to not do the same or even just break everything down and take wood and all with them. Not too many large trees in much of southern Nevada.
 

Justified

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#39
not sure if this is considered a ghost town but its an old mine that seems like might not be there much longer.

http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/nevada-family-fights-government-over-property-near-area-51

The Sheahans say their buildings have been strafed and bombed by military jets over the past six decades. They believe it was an errant bomb or dropped wing tank that blew up their mill in the 1950's -- ending production at the mine.
I work with Joe Sheahan and he's an honest and great guy. He just wants what rightfully belongs to his family to protect it for future generations.
 

Gunhand

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#40
Here's something that has me baffled about some of our local southern Nevada ghost towns.For example Delamar and Rhyolite,when you see pictures of both all that's left of them is pretty much a few walls and some of the stone foundations.They look like ancient Roman or Greek ruins that are 1000 years old.But it's only been about 100 years.There was so many structures from the pictures from 1906 or 1909 for example.They were really large communities.Could it be people scavenged all the wood and stones and used them in other homes around the area?I don't know but it's like a nuclear bomb went off and wiped them off the face of the Earth.Just look at some of the old photo's when they were thriving and you"ll see what I mean.
I first went to Delamar in 1988. Then most of the main saloon was still standing, along with several other buildings. BLM had the road cabled off, so only those people who could hike in, could view the town. So nothing of any size could be carted off.

Sometime around the early 1990's, someone requested access to thier private property that the only access was the main road into Delamar. After that happened, the town took a drastic down turn. The standing walls of the saloon crumbled, and other structures started to disappear. Granted some of this may have been the normal deterioration of the effects of weather and time, but it was soon after when the graffiti started. So Delamar is bearing the brunt of people's complete disregard of a historical site.

A visit to the cemetery at the bottom of the hill is a prime example. SCUMBAGS have broken grave markers and removed some of the wrought iron fencing from around some graves.

Last year I visited the site, and observed a group camping there from Colorado. I photographed one man digging around in one of the buildings. I reported the incident to BLM, and forwarded my photos to them. I received one call from a BLM preservation specialists. he told me they try and check on the town site, but can't control who goes there, or what they do while in Delamar.

So I sure before much longer, someone will have destroyed another piece of Nevada history.
 

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