It has been far too long since I investigated a ghost town. Now that I have moved to Sandoval County, NM, from Socorro, NM, there are new ghost towns to explore.
As the weather cools off and the monsoon season rains decrease (less mud to drive/walk through), I will look into some places to explore. If I combine this with my geocaching hobby, this could be a lot of fun.
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On July 18, 2014, we passed through Cairo, IL, almost by accident. We were looking to take a different route from New Mexico to Pennsylvania, and we cut through Missouri, thinking we’d be in Kentucky next. However, there is a small peninsula of Illinois that had to be crossed to do so.
In this peninsula was the town of Cairo, which is mostly in ruins at this point.
We were way behind schedule, so we did not explore much. We did, however, stop and take a few photos of the Cairo Gate. This gate was used to be used for controlling flood waters around the town.
The idea was that this gate could be lowered, turning Cairo into an island instead of a wreck. However, this has not been used in many years.
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A few references for further reading:
I finished reading Yellowcake Towns by Michael A. Amundson. The book covered several important uranium mine and mill towns, including Uravan, CO; Moab, UT; Grants, NM, and Jeffrey City, WY.
The book remained objective; it reported facts about each town, rather than spending time on a political soapbox about uranium, mining or company stores. It painted a clear picture of what life was like in each of these towns during their booms and busts.
It told two different tales- one of cities that grew and adapted to changing economies (Moab, Grants) and ones that didn’t (Uravan and Jeffrey City). It also spoke of how the government had a large hand in how mines and mills were controlled and regulated, and the impact of uranium prices as set by the government.
Overall, I was impressed with the depth of research in this book. Each chapter had quite a few sources, as well as tales and quotes by residents in each town.
For anyone interested in the west, the desert, mining history or uranium history, this book is a “must have.”
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As we continued our hike towards the Wall Street Mill (separate post coming soon), we found several more automobile carcasses. Unlike the last truck, there were little identifying features left on either of these vehicles. Also, we were beginning to run out of daylight, so we spent less time at either of these vehicles.
The third vehicle had very little remains to examine:
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We took a trip to Joshua Tree National Park on 6/29/15. On our hike to the Wall Street Mill (I will have a separate post about this mill), we found several abandoned cars. In this multi-part series, I will show you the photos and what I’ve learned about each. I don’t know much about them, and almost all identifying features have been removed.
The first vehicle was near the remains of a house that had burned down. It was a pick up truck of some sort.
The vehicle had a straight six engine:
…and there was a serial number stamped into the side of the block that reads P247279:
…and a Ferro marking.
The top of the heads also had a serial number, though this one was part of the casting 525151-1.
It had a manual transmission; it felt like it had three speeds plus reverse. I could still feel it shift when I moved the shift lever around.
Just above the transmission on the base of the gear shift lever boot was the serial number 551922.
This truck had massive drum brakes.
The rear differential was quite large as well:
Looking around online, I found a link that contained an engine with similar markings: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/can-anyone-id-this-engine-car.846547/.
One possibility is that the vehicle in my photos was a Jewett 6, which often used Ferro motors. Does anyone else have information on this truck?
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I don’t remember the formal name of this place, but here are some photos of a steam-powered sawmill near the Duck Creek in Nevada.
Near the sawmill was the boiler that was used for power.
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On the SIA Fall Tour of 2007, we toured what was left of Hamilton City, NV. There wasn’t much left, but there were some building remnants scattered around town.