show us your ghost town (old and new) pics!

Discussion in 'Photos' started by Shaggie, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. TwilightZone

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    >"(Salton Sea) Not sure what happened. It seems like a beautiful area."

    Salton sea was created by an accidental break in a Colorado levee. The valley filled, up, it was nice, resorts built. But the sun takes it's toll as there is no water coming into the Salton Sea.

    Someday the valley floor will be exposed as a salt flat.
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  2. Ranger Ron

    Ranger Ron Been here awhile

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    Actually, there is. The White River enters from the north and the Alamo and New Rivers enter from the south. The problem is that there is no outlet. This is compounded by the fact that both the New and Alamo Rivers are extremely polluted. The water in the Salton Sea evaporates which concentrates the pollutants in ever increasing amounts.


    This is from the City of Calexico New River Committee:

    "The flows in the New River channel at the border have been primarily agricultural, municipal and industrial sources of wastewater from Mexico.

    The New River is an “Impaired Water Body” under the Clean Water Act and violates public health standards for every pollutant that is measured under the law.

    2010 water samples continue to document fecal coliform, arsenic, ammonia, dissolved solids and selenium levels in excess of reporting thresholds and public health standards."

    Ron :cry
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  3. katanarama

    katanarama riding > posting

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    creepy.
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  4. Hanzo

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    Thanx for the insights. A lot of birds in and around the water. I usually think that's a sign of somewhat safe water. I got close and there were dead fish every where. Another mystery. Unless there are pockets of tolerable water?? Dam shame.
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  5. Rénété

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  6. roadholder

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  7. 40MileDesertRat

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  8. Rénété

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  10. The Bigfella

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    Boten. A Chinese-built town just inside the Laos border. Government policy (Chinese) on casinos changed and it died overnight....

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    A new Chinese company has bought it and their few employees live in this 4 star hotel. We got a room for $9.

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    This is a brand new, never finished multi story building... 5 to 7 storeys high...

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    I just rode up the steps and through the open door.
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  11. ftw

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    Orbita ( " The Orbit " ) 1970-1980ies ghost town near Chigirin, C Ukraine:

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    Built in 1970-1980ies to accomodate the Chigirin Nuclear Power Station personnel it was abandoned after the 90% completed station project was ditched following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, now deserted, derelict and hardly reconstructable.
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  12. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Wow. Cool pix. I guess that's the low rent district.
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  13. ftw

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    Almost. To be 100 per cent correct try spelling low rent with n instead of l and without w.
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  14. okiegtrider

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    I like this kind of thing. I follow some of the Abandoned and Urbex blogs and photgraphers around the net.

    Here is a couple shots I took on a new year's day ride. Maybe this thread will take off with others posting on the same subject.

    Abandoned house, Platter, OK
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    Abandoned grain elevator, Sherman, TX
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  15. ftw

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    Not quite sure whether this would count for a ghost town, but nevertheless...

    The remaints of an abandoned Soviet nuclear missile base outside Zhytomir, some 150 km West of Kiev.

    SS-4 Sandal mod. I ( 8K63У оr R-12 in Soviet military dessignation ) IRBM was for the Soviet strategic missile corps what an AK-47 was for its land forces - a simple and reliable missile easy to maintain and operate, manufactured by the hundreds in ground-launched and silo-based modifications. Phazed out of active service in late 1980ies-early 1990ies, yilding to the new mobile IRBMs, the SS-4 system had by then been operated by the Soviet army for 30 years - quite impressive lifespan for a missile.

    This missile regiment's targets were located in Italy and S. Germany.


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    Not much remained, but the launch sites are still visible:

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    There are four of them lined next to the launch control bunker ( hardly recognizeable, damaged almost beyond recognition and flooded by ground waters ):

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    Most pipelines leading to the launch sites ( for kerosene-like fuel and liquid oxigen ) have been dug out and stolen by scrap-metal scavengers:

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    Only their other ends surfacing next to the launch pads can still be seen:

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    Strangely the missile storage bunkers have survived almost intact:

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    And so have the heavy machinegun pillowboxes securing the launch site perimetre:

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    They're placed so close to the launch pads that had to be covered with a special heat-resistant asbestos-like coating:

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    Of all the launchpad structure only what was concrete remains - al the metal has been extracted by scavengers:

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    The launchpad ( or launch table as it's called in the trade ) for these missiles missing from this launchsite can be seen elsewhere though, only half an hour ride from the base:

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    What strikes most at a closer look is how similar this launch table and everything else at the launch site is to the late 1930ies German Wernher von Braun V2 and V3 ballistic missiles launch facilities.
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  16. Lime

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  17. MUDDX

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    Forgotten and abandoned house in Sweden, way out in the woods...

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    Another one..or what's left of it..
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  18. ftw

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    Yesterday's sortie 250 km south to see an abandoned silo group launch complex for Soviet SS-4 Sandal MRBM carrying nuclear warheads was not a complete success.

    We expected to see the Dvina four-silo group launch complex with its command three-level underground bunker in the middle between the four silos designed to withstand 1 megaton thermonuclear explosion within 1.5-2 km range and remain operational like we'd seen elsewhere:

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    But - alas! - by the time we got there what still looked intact on Google in reality appeared just recently re-cultivated:

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    All right then, tough luck, let's go down inside what's still there - the underground command bunker housing the launch crew:

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    Soviet Strategic Missile Corps morale slogans calling for ever-readiness still readable over the main entrance to the bunker.

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    Stairs to the -2 and -3 levels are missing. Made of metal they were stolen by scrap metal scavengers.


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    In fact nothing left, the only thing ( except a pile of half-rotten military uniform ) we've found down there was this radio-transparent aerial cover from the bunker's top that mysteriousely had found its way to the main control compartment underground.

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    This used to be the crew's loos.


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    " Switch off the light upon leaving! "...we did, we did.
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  20. Jogitu

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