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Ghost Towns in the American West
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Most ghost towns in the American West are a result of mining booms and busts in the late eighteen-hundreds and early twentieth century. (There are abandoned timber-based towns too.) Where no more than a few weathered buildings or stone walls remain today, at their peak the largest towns boasted populations of five to ten thousand souls living, usually, in the middle-of-nowhere.

I’ve often wondered what attracted people to such hard back-breaking labor in remote and difficult places to live. One day I shared this thought with the Park Ranger at Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park in Nevada, to which he replied, he didn’t wonder what attracted people to such places but instead, what life must have been like where they came from that this would seem like the better place to be!

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K21-24 Old wagon, building in ghost town of Bodie. Bodie State Historic Park. Mono Co., CA
L74-07 Leaning Loo (outhouse). Fire house. Ghost town of Bodie. Bodie St Hist Pk. Mono Co., CA
S08-23 Old cam pulleys inside ruins of Berlin Mill. Ghost town. Berlin Ichthyosaur SP. Nye Co., NV
U10-06 Ruins in ghost town of Candelaria (circa 1885). Great Basin. Esmeralda Co., NV
K14-06 Ruins of Cook Bank building. Ghost Town of Rhyolite (boomed 1905-1912). Nye Co., NV
S09-18 Assay Office, Machine Shop & Mill. Mining ghost town. Berlin Ichthyosaur SP. Nye co., NV
K21-15 Gas sign in front of store. Ghost town of Bodie. Bodie State Historic Park. Mono Co., CA
K13-18 Tom Kelly's Bottle House, blt 1906. Ghost town of Rhyolite. Nye Co., NV
S07-18 House in ghost town of Berlin, Nevada. Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park. Nye Co., NV
F02-32 Ruins of adobe house. Ballarat ghost town. Panamint Valley. Desert. Inyo Co., CA
S10-01 Cross in cemetery. Ruins at mining ghost town of Berlin. Berlin Ichthyosaur SP. Nye co,NV
T21-02 The Kings Saloon. North Bloomfield. Malakoff Diggins State Park. Nevada Co., CA
F45-08 Old safe in ruins of old town of Shasta. Shasta State Historic Park. Shasta Co., CA
K22-08 Fence, windows & door of home in Bodie. Bodie State Historic Park. Mono Co., CA
K22-30 Kitchen in house in ghost town of Bodie. Bodie State Historic Park. Mono Co., CA
U92-03 Resident 'oldtimer', Rodney Bland. Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. El Dorado Co., CA
H37-29 Old TV set (?). Ruins at ghost town of Sulphur. Great Basin. Humboldt Co.,NV
H04-07 Deteriorating ruins of home at Cima. Mojave Nat'l Preserve. San Bernardino Co., CA
K21-27 Old sled in snow. Ghost town of Bodie. Bodie State Historic Park. Mono Co., CA
L74-01 The Standard Mill (gold). Ghost town of Bodie. Eastern Sierra. Bodie SHP. Mono Co., CA
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