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Tue Oct 25, 2022, 01:12 AM

Balllarat Ghost Town

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Ballarat Ghost Town lies in Panamint Valley, a desolate area that lies on Death Valley's western border, and shares its forbidding climate and terrain. I was in the area for a Dark Sky Festival, but I couldn't wait to spend some time here as well.





























This truck pictured below allegedly belonged to Tex Watson of the Manson Family. Their hideout was nearby.













It seems I have to go back. I didn't know there was a cemetery.



























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Grumpy Old Guy Oct 2022 OP
niyad Oct 2022 #1
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 2022 #2
eppur_se_muova Oct 2022 #4
brer cat Oct 2022 #3
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 2022 #8
Callalily Oct 2022 #5
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 2022 #9
mike_c Oct 2022 #6
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 2022 #10
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2022 #7
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 2022 #11
alfredo Oct 2022 #12
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 2022 #13
alfredo Oct 2022 #14
Ziggysmom Oct 2022 #15
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 2022 #17
George McGovern Oct 2022 #16
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 2022 #18
HAB911 Oct 2022 #19
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 2022 #20

Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2022, 01:24 AM

1. I had just learned about the Dark Skies group several weeks sgo, when a

friend was in Westcliffe (one of four Dark Skies communities here in Colorado). Fascinating.

The photos were very interesting. Somehow I misssed that area when I was in Death Valley.

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Response to niyad (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 25, 2022, 01:56 AM

2. The Dark Sky Festival was amazing...

despite the horrendous wind storm that nearly shut us down on the third day. That's life in the desert.

Panamint Valley borders Death Valley directly to the west. The roads all lead into the park. Ballarat is thirty miles north of Trona, the birthplace of the 20 Mule Teams that delivered borax to the world.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 25, 2022, 05:19 AM

4. Some background ...

Trona is the name of a mineral, one of several mined from dried alkaline lake beds. It is the only major commercial source of sodium carbonate ("washing soda" in the US. Trona, borax, and potash are all mined in the same vicinity.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Searles_Valley_Minerals

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2022, 03:30 AM

3. These are very interesting photos.

All ghost towns are sad; I wonder what happened to the people.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 25, 2022, 04:06 PM

8. The town was very active from 1897-1905.

People moved away when the largest nearby mine ceased operations in 1905. Years later the water dried up. There was one longtime resident, "Seldom Seen Slim," who is buried in the cemetery there.

The town is thirty miles from Trona, Ca., and the Searles Dry Lake Bed. Sealers Lake is one of the world's largest deposit of Borax and other chemicals, and was the original home of Twenty Mule Team Borax.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballarat,_California

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2022, 06:53 AM

5. I too seemed to miss this area during

my last trip to Death Valley. Will definitely keep it in mind for the next trip.

There's a Dark Sky Park up north and when we were there a couple weeks ago, we planned on viewing the sky, but unfortunately the sky were cloudy. But we head up there from time to time, and I'm sure that we'll catch a good night one of these times.

And thanks for the tip about the festival. There's one "somewhat" in my area in December.

I have been extremely fortunately to have seen the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) on many occasions. The sky looks like it's alive, pulsating and moving! An amazing site to see.

Oh, before I forget, your photos are great! I like the antique look of them.

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Response to Callalily (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 25, 2022, 04:10 PM

9. Thank you!

I'm jealous, I would love to see the Northern Lights someday.

This Festival was put on by the Eastern Sierra Observatory near Bishop, Ca. I really enjoyed it. The skies were mostly clear, however we were hit with a horrendous sandstorm on the third day, and about eighty percent of the attendees, (mostly tent campers), left early. All the RVers stayed because it was far too windy to drive. The storm ended by about 7:00 P.M.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2022, 10:13 AM

6. thank you for posting these!

Gawd I love the SoCal desert!

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Response to mike_c (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 25, 2022, 04:11 PM

10. So do I!

I can't get enough of it. Unfortunately, my wife does not share my enthusiasm.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2022, 10:21 AM

7. Great photos, my dear Grumpy!

They look as old as the stuff in them.

The B&W is very effective.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2022, 04:12 PM

11. Thank you dear Peggy!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2022, 10:06 AM

12. Those are wonderful

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Response to alfredo (Reply #12)

Wed Oct 26, 2022, 10:54 AM

13. Thank you Alfredo!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #13)

Wed Oct 26, 2022, 01:44 PM

14. Black and white was appropriate for the subject

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2022, 04:32 PM

15. The photos are superlative! My husband's disability prevents us from traveling to remote

places now, so he really enjoys what he calls "Internet Travel" by looking at photos. Your pics made him feel like he was there seeing those sights firsthand. We both think the B&W photography added to the mysterious feeling and brought the subject matter into clearer focus. Sometimes I think color can be a distraction in a photo; B&W allows us to see the soul of the subject matter much more clearly. Thanks for sharing the pics and allowing us to "Travel".

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Response to Ziggysmom (Reply #15)

Thu Oct 27, 2022, 02:16 AM

17. Thank you very much for the kind words.

I might be able to post a few more pics from this day. I'll let you know if I do.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2022, 04:59 PM

16. Fabulous Fotos Grumpy Old Guy! Very, very nice black and whites!

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Response to George McGovern (Reply #16)

Thu Oct 27, 2022, 02:16 AM

18. Thanks George!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Thu Oct 27, 2022, 06:28 PM

19. Photos are excellent and I love the presentation!

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #19)

Thu Oct 27, 2022, 06:47 PM

20. Thank you sir!

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