Ghost Towns

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Your Favorite Nevada Structure

We asked to see your favorite structure for this issue, and with no guidelines other than that, our submissions ran the gamut. And we love it! From historic buildings to remnants of the past and impressive sites today, the photos on these pages reveal the Silver State is rich in structural art.
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Odyssey of a Ghost Town Explorer part 12

I’ve spent nearly 300 hours in the car and used 700 gallons of gas to seek out more than 70 ghost towns. I’ve drank 36 cups of coffee, eaten 36 breakfast burritos, and spent 36 days on the road. I’ve encountered at least 3 flat tires, and many more migraines as a result. I’ve explored ghost towns in weather that fell well below 32 degrees, and well above 105. I’ve written roughly 26,500 words about these places in 12 different issues of Nevada Magazine, equating to about 2.2 words per mile. I’ve seen thousands of deer, hundreds of antelope, dozens of elk, and a couple trout. I’ve seen billions of sagebrush and stars. I’ve gazed across infinite miles of this great state; God’s own country.
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Odyssey of a Ghost Town Explorer Part 11

Oily indigo smoke billowed from a circular opening in the top of a strange beehive shrine, marking the near completion of a process as foreign as the 1800s Nevada frontier had ever seen. Weeks prior, cords of juniper and pinyon were lain into the rocky tomb, set ablaze, and cooked in the oxygen-starved environment, as observant eyes kept watch of the smoke, and attentive hands operated a series of flues. At first, the smoke burned white, then yellow for a couple days, then dark blue, marking the completion of the process. An uninformed Nevada frontiersman who witnessed these makeshift mausoleums may have attributed the colossal bulbous structures to the occult, maybe even gone as far as to believe they were a portal to the underworld.
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Odyssey of a Ghost Town Explorer: Part 6

  ODYSSEY OF A GHOST TOWN EXPLORER LAST OF SIX-PART SERIES EXAMINES ABANDONED SETTLEMENTS IN SOUTHERN NEVADA. PART 6: MILES BY ERIC CACHINERO 5,724 miles. That is the driving distance from Los Angeles to New York City and back again, with about 150 miles to spare. It’s also the distance I have driven within the […]
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Scavenger Hunt – 2016

The Silver State Scavenger Hunt Get to the Ghost Towns! Let the Scavenger Hunt begin! First 25 people to complete will receive a free copy of Nevada Magazine’s new Ghost Towns & Historic Sites Map! The second-annual Silver State Scavenger Hunt is now in full swing! We’ve decided to celebrate ghost towns this year, highlighting […]
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Odyssey Of A Ghost Town Explorer Part 4

ODYSSEY OF A GHOST TOWN EXPLORER FOURTH OF SIX-PART SERIES EXAMINES ABANDONED SETTLEMENTS OFF THE LONELIEST ROAD IN AMERICA. PART 4: THE ELK OF EBERHARDT BY ERIC CACHINERO I am of the deeply held belief that Rocky Mountain elk are among the most majestic and genuine creatures to walk the earth. I am also of the […]
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Odyssey of a Ghost Town Explorer: Part 3

Odyssey Of A Ghost Town Explorer THIRD OF SIX-PART SERIES EXAMINES ABANDONED SETTLEMENTS OF SOUTHEASTERN NEVADA. PART  3: THE WIDOW MAKER BY ERIC CACHINERO Some trips into the Nevada desert begin on a warm spring morning, with birds chirping, dry roads, and an overwhelming feeling of serenity and comfort. Sometimes the planets seem to align; ghost […]
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Odyssey of a Ghost Town Explorer: Part 2

  ODYSSEY OF A GHOST TOWN EXPLORER SECOND OF SIX-PART SERIES EXAMINES ABANDONED SETTLEMENTS OF SOUTHWESTERN NEVADA. PART 2: ROAD NOT MAINTAINED IN WINTER BY ERIC CACHINERO Sometimes we have the seasons in their regular order, and then again we have winter all the summer, and summer all winter. Consequently, we have never yet come […]
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Odyssey Of A Ghost Town Explorer: Part 1

Odyssey Of A Ghost Town Explorer PART  1: SKELETONS  OF HISTORY BY ERIC CACHINERO Ghost towns are skeletons of history. Though time has withered many away to the point of almost nothingness, even the most seemingly inconsequential heap of rocks and sticks tells a story: stories of hardship, stories of hope, stories that only the […]
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Kingston for a Day, or Three

Tiny town serves as a perfect base for middle-of-Nevada roadtrip. BY MEGG MUELLER & ERIC CACHINERO There’s a funny conundrum travel writers often face. We’re tasked with discovering little-known gems and encouraging readers to feed their wanderlust and emulate our adventures. Except, we really don’t want any of you to go to Kingston. OK, that’s […]
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A Haunting on The Comstock

Ghost towns aren’t the only spooky spaces in the Silver State.   BY ERIC CACHINERO Do you believe in ghosts? The spiritual; the spectral; the supernatural? There’s no denying that Nevada is a choice locale for those seeking paranormal pastimes, exemplified by the repeat visits of popular television shows such as “Ghost Adventures” and “Ghost […]
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The Metropolis That Wasn’t

THE METROPOLIS THAT WASN’T North of Wells lies one of Nevada’s more intriguing ghost towns, with zero ties to the state’s mining past. BY GREG MCFARLANE Many of Nevada’s ghost towns boomed, prospered, and faded in the 1800s, when the state was largely undeveloped and had no major population centers. It’s hard to believe that […]
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Eldorado Canyon

ELDORADO CANYON Nevada’s Wild West roots are encapsulated in this living ghost town. BY ERIC CACHINERO At first glance, Eldorado Canyon visitors may not be aware they’re standing on ground that at one time epitomized the Wild West. A region deluged in riches and plagued by lawlessness, greed, and murder, the history of this Southern […]
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Glorified Ghost Towns

Glorified Ghost Towns A group of off-roaders find treasures in some of southwestern Nevada’s most inconspicuous places. BY ERIC CACHINERO Ghost towns. They practically hide in plain sight in our state’s unbounded wilderness. The phrase ghost town intrigues the mind with its mysterious, timeworn essence. And, with Nevada claiming more than 600 of them, many […]