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    Big Smokey Valley Ghost Towns

    I typically detour on way to or from Moab, sometimes overnighting at a desert hot springs. Turns out there are numerous abandoned mines and ghost tons worth exploring in the adjacent mountains between Austin, NV and the Arc Dome Wilderness. Roads look generally smooth and endless.
    I may just have to spend a few days exploring.
    Anyone wishing to have an mini adventure on their way to the major adventure is welcome to join me if traversing HWY 50 to MOAB2018.
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    Mine workings and ruins are simple, nothing special but they have a sparse beauty and make worthwhile destinations. 115571881.jpg73144020.jpg
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    Mostly rolling basin and range terrain with what looks like many a tank full of TW wandering potential. 103692941.jpg
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    Mel knows of a similar region next valley to the east, Monitor Valley with it's famous Belmont Ghost Town. 6946087.jpg
    I have to pick Mel's brain for details on finding the campsite and hot springs he discovered in Monitor Valley.
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    Nice riding areas.

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    there must be 100's of chimney's through out Nevada. while we were traveling along the Loneliest highway in America this spring, we stopped for a few day at Illipah Reservoir. the wife and i jumped on the TW and headed up into the mountains to check out the remains of an old mining area and the old town of Hamilton. not much 516.JPGleft, but one thing caught my interest and that was an old chimney. it was well built, but the thing of interest was that there were no openings in the thing, except at the top. can't figure out how they used it


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    Really nice chimney photo green.
    Lots of the gold and silver ores in the region were refractory meaning they required roasting before processing, or total smelting to recover the metal content. As such charcoal production was a major industry that de-nuded many a forested slope. A great example off HWY 50 outside of Ely,NV are the Ward charcoal ovens. Only about 8 miles off the highway and accessible for travel trailers. Site is an historic landmark, protected, and in very good shape. Another nice place to overnight on an extended trip. tom_mcewan_kilns.jpg

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    And speaking of Ely... the train museum there is fantastic. we spent an easy 4 hours there and it wasn't even open.218.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by grewen View Post
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    ......we stopped for a few day at Illipah Reservoir. the wife and i jumped on the TW and headed up into the mountains to check out the remains of an old mining area and the old town of Hamilton. not much left, but one thing caught my interest and that was an old chimney. it was well built, but the thing of interest was that there were no openings in the thing, except at the top. can't figure out how they used it
    Interesting article in the 1941 Desert Magazine about Hamilton: Publication Name:

    12,000 folks there in summer of 1869!!!
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    Nelson is another relic of Nevada's boom-an-bust past with some interesting leftovers: 1167_nelson_abandoned-car.jpg
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    Rather than the aftermath of a bad take-off after too many beers this plane was actually staged as a prop for a movie
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    Irregardless White Pine County, Nevada offers many a ghost town worth visiting. They typically give the visitor a sense of discovery and thus special memories that a more touristic site like Tombstone could ever give. More likely to see antelope or wild burros than other humans, much less another TW. 349fd5e34b7520220952d7204b38d0ab--white-pines-ghost-towns.jpg
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