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10 most amazing Ghost towns..
http://www.oddee.com/item_96462.aspx ^ | 7 19 2008 | Odee

Posted on 10/30/2009 6:05:01 PM PDT by GSP.FAN

Prypiat is an abandoned city in the Zone of alienation in northern Ukraine. It was home to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers, abandoned in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster. Its population had been around 50,000 prior to the accident.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; History; Miscellaneous; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: ghosttowns; godsgravesglyphs

ORADOUR-SUR-GLANE (France): the horror of WWII

1 posted on 10/30/2009 6:05:02 PM PDT by GSP.FAN
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Ping for later read.


2 posted on 10/30/2009 6:09:08 PM PDT by potlatch (Actions Speak Louder Than Words)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping.


3 posted on 10/30/2009 6:11:04 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (A mob of one.)
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To: GSP.FAN

Detroit, Modern Day Ghost Town April 8, 2009


4 posted on 10/30/2009 6:54:59 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: GSP.FAN
Take a motorcycle tour of the Chernobyl area, thanks to the internet and a brave young woman. I remember being haunted by her work (if this is the webpage I remember). Happy Halloween.
5 posted on 10/30/2009 6:59:19 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Elena is also a pretty good writer. I spent hours reading her websites on this topic and also World War 2 in Ukraine.


6 posted on 10/30/2009 7:04:09 PM PDT by packrat35 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.- M Thatcher)
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To: JoeProBono
Another one from Detroit:


7 posted on 10/30/2009 7:06:04 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (We're winning.)
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To: GSP.FAN

You’ve got me reading up on Kowloon’s Walled City. It’s gone now, but it sounded fascinating- and dangerous as all hell.


8 posted on 10/30/2009 7:13:53 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: GSP.FAN

9 posted on 10/30/2009 7:17:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

There are some small housing developments around here that look like that. 90% finished and then..... Where/what is your photo from?


10 posted on 10/30/2009 7:19:44 PM PDT by 21twelve (Drive Reality out with a pitchfork if you want , it always comes back.)
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To: GSP.FAN

11 posted on 10/30/2009 7:20:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: 21twelve

Right click on it and choose properties.


12 posted on 10/30/2009 7:21:19 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: EternalVigilance

That is a very interesting pic.
Do you have any more info?


13 posted on 10/30/2009 7:21:57 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (These are the times that try men's souls.)
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To: GSP.FAN
Detroit is an urban wasteland. There are lots of similar photos.


14 posted on 10/30/2009 7:30:02 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (We're winning.)
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To: EternalVigilance
Wow...just imagine what a magnificent house that once was. I have always been fascinated by front steps and front doorways. Especially stone front steps that have worn down over the many years of people walking up & down to enter and leave the home.
Just find that interesting.
15 posted on 10/30/2009 7:32:10 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: 1rudeboy

IIRC it turned out to be a hoax


16 posted on 10/30/2009 7:33:37 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy

Seriously? I’ll have to look into it.


17 posted on 10/30/2009 7:35:34 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Tainan

The Harry Helms Blog

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Ghost Town Of Ballarat, California

Ballarat, California is a long way from anywhere. It's wedged between the Panamint Mountains that form the western border of Death Valley and the eastern face of the Sierra Nevadas. It is located on Highway 178 between the small town of Trona and the junction of Highway 190 (the Panamint Springs entrance to Death Valley National Park). This is extremely isolated country; cell phones don't work out here and the nearest gasoline (or any other services) is over 30 miles away in either Trona.

Ballarat was named after the Australian gold mining town in Victoria. It was founded in 1896 as a supply point for the gold mines found in the Panamints that loom over the town site. By 1905, its population had grown to 500 and was supplemented by a larger transitory population of prospectors who "wintered over" in town before returning to the mountains in spring. Ballarat had several saloons, a Wells Fargo office, and a post office, but no church. The population began a slow decline as the mines played out, and the World War II ban on gold mining effectively turned Ballarat into a ghost town. Today, Ballarat is the permanent home to only a couple of people who serve as caretakers for the property and operate a small store selling soft drinks and snacks. However, the area has seen renewed mining activity, and the nearby Briggs Gold Mine is currently the largest producer of gold in California. However, its workers are transported in from Trona each day via bus.

Ballarat is reached via a graded dirt road from Highway 178 and the turn-off is clearly marked:


The elements have not been kind to Ballarat. Summer temperatures usually top 100, and winter lows can sink into the teens. The desert wind is merciless. The result is that almost all buildings in Ballarat are in a state of advanced decay; wood is splintering and collapsing while adobe structures and walls are dissolving away back to the dirt:






Here are two examples of how adobe structures are being worn away in Ballarat. The first shows an adobe wall being propped up, while the other shows all that remains of an adobe building. It won't be too much longer until the desert reclaims both of these and they will be no more:




The former general store below is the best preserved adobe building remaining in Ballarat:


The Ballarat cemetery is well preserved and maintained, although the wooden headstones atop many graves have collapsed or worn away:



Ballarat may not have the human population it once did, but its wild burro population is doing just fine. The fellows below descended from the burros used by prospectors over a century ago; they have adapted quite well to the desert:



In the late 1960s, Ballarat achieved a bit of fame (or infamy) because Charles Manson and his "family" were frequent visitors there. The Barker Ranch used by Manson and his followers is located in the hills above Ballarat and the Manson family had to travel through Ballarat on their way to and from the outside world. Ballarat was the staging area for the raid on the Barker Ranch conducted by the California Highway Patrol and Inyo County Sheriff's Department which resulted in Manson's arrest; Ballarat was the last place Manson saw as a free man. Before the raid, one of Manson's followers, Charles "Tex" Watson, fled Barker Ranch in a green Dodge truck that made it all the way to Ballarat before breaking down. You can see it in the background of the photo below. The Manson family carved their insignia, five stars, above the Dodge nameplate on the hood. The road to the Barker Ranch site has not been maintained for years and the site can only be reached by a hike of several miles. But Watson's getaway truck is still in Ballarat and can be easily visited, at least until it rusts away into the desert:


18 posted on 10/30/2009 7:45:57 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (We're winning.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Great site, thanks.


19 posted on 10/30/2009 7:57:53 PM PDT by FTJM
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To: EternalVigilance
Another fascinating ghost mining town in Northern California is Bodie. We visited there with our kids in the early 1990's and what a memory! The road into Bodie at that time was the roughest I have ever seen in the lower 48 ... the refrigerator in our motorhome broke its coolant line from the vibrations on the way back to the main road. I figured maybe an axle was going break too, but we made it back with all 6 wheels attached and running. Still, we were glad we made the trip. Bodie is quite large, as ghost towns go. I think there were at least 40 buildings there.

Bodie Ghost Town

20 posted on 10/30/2009 8:14:30 PM PDT by RightField (A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.)
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To: RightField

Thanks!


21 posted on 10/30/2009 8:35:57 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (We're winning.)
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To: EternalVigilance

Interesting....


22 posted on 10/31/2009 6:35:57 AM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Guenevere

Everyone needs a diversion now and again...

:-)

This is an amazing country and world.


23 posted on 10/31/2009 6:38:07 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (We're winning.)
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To: JoeProBono

omg!!


24 posted on 10/31/2009 6:41:30 AM PDT by uncitizen (I'm mad as hell and i'm not gonna take it anymore!!)
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To: GSP.FAN

Apple 2 House after the mannikin families moved out. It's still out on Yucca Flats at the Nevada Test Site.

25 posted on 10/31/2009 6:45:50 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: AppyPappy; 1rudeboy
IIRC it turned out to be a hoax

I think it turned out that she didn't really go solo on her motorcycle but instead had a car with a friend driving. Still the pics are pretty haunting.

26 posted on 10/31/2009 6:50:14 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: GSP.FAN; y'all

I’ve experienced only one real ghost town in Virginia City, Montana. A beautiful but almost empty spot that seems to be long past dead— a reality to which it is oblivious—on a small scenic highway. I did stop in the one saloon in town and afterwards fed some horses in a nearby pasture. I strongly sensed things were once very different up there, though. There were certain hints of different circumstances in another time. For admires of the Old West it is well worth visiting if y’all ever get up to the nearby Yellowstone area.


27 posted on 10/31/2009 6:56:14 AM PDT by Dysart
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To: GSP.FAN
10 most amazing Ghost towns..

Here are a couple more future amazing ghost towns if Comrade Barry has his way:


28 posted on 10/31/2009 7:01:16 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Dysart
Here is a pic of Virginia City, Mt. The saloon I mentioned is on the right, just out of frame:

A little history 3/4 down the page.

29 posted on 10/31/2009 7:10:05 AM PDT by Dysart
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To: EternalVigilance

agree...diversions can be good :)


30 posted on 10/31/2009 8:01:26 AM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: JoeProBono

Ah So! I recently read that the avg home “value” in Detroit was $8000. Now I see why. Yeesh! :-(


31 posted on 10/31/2009 8:25:58 AM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: EternalVigilance

Goldfield and Gold Point, Nevada are pretty cool, too.

Ed


32 posted on 10/31/2009 5:44:00 PM PDT by Sir_Ed
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33 posted on 10/31/2009 7:39:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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