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#31 CJinCA

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 08:07 AM

Next up was Sulphur - which was shown as a point of interest on the BLM map that I had. I didn't know what was there but I soon discovered that it is a ghost town where they used to mine sulphur from the springs and currently there is an open pit gold mine adjacent to the site.

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DD - Looks like we saw many of the same places at almost the same time - my timeframe being June 2nd thru June 8th. I entered from Idaho via Owyhee and routed thru Midas, Sulphur, Barrel Springs, Gerlach and up 34, then meandering westward on 299 until I saw the Pacific and once again found home.

The pile of rubble pictured in Sulphur was not the last standing building. Just north of the rubble stood a single room building that was still sound last I saw of it, maybe 10 years ago. I guessing here, but the burnt scrap pile sitting across and slightly down the road is the burnt remnants of that last stand of downtown Sulphur.

We seem to be loosing too many old buildings in the Black Rock general area. There was a large farmhouse / miners quarters in Scossa that's gone. There was the small cabin at Rabbithole Springs that was destroyed - probably for firewood. And as you see, Sulphur is now no more as well. I'll have to dig out and scan my old pictures of those and other buildings when still erect and relatively whole.

Still standing, there is Barrel Springs cabin and others I am forgetting or could not visit due to mud and high elevation snow.

As usual DD, great trip report and pictures!
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:01 PM

They put new nuts on my new wheels and my stock lug wrench didn't fit them. Can you imagine my level of absolute pissed-offness when I made this discovery?



Good warning, I had a custom carrier put on my utility trailer to carry a second spare and I found out it was bigger than all the rest. I was still in civilization and also had a mega crescent wrench that I could get on it (nice tool to have:thumb:).
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:47 PM

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#34 Mark W. Ingalls

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 02:27 PM

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 02:40 PM

Good stuff DD, thoroughly enjoyed it. All that AND brews with Ted, bonus!
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 03:21 PM

Oh I forgot to mention - I cracked my other running board at Leadville :D
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 03:27 PM

Holy S**t DD, first it was propane hell and then tire hell, doesn't quite seem fair. Great pics and report, thanks and better luck has to be coming.
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 03:31 PM

Holy S**t DD, first it was propane hell and then tire hell, doesn't quite seem fair. Great pics and report, thanks and better luck has to be coming.


Well it's no biggie really. You have to expect these things now and then when you are on the road a lot. Thanks for the well wishes though :)
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 04:47 PM

Flat tires, broken running boards, leaving Diego while you run to town to get help! Geez, all I got was muddy, and you say "Don't pull a Ted".:rolleyes: At least I knew not to drive out onto the Playa!
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 05:22 PM

Flat tires, broken running boards, leaving Diego while you run to town to get help! Geez, all I got was muddy, and you say "Don't pull a Ted".:rolleyes: At least I knew not to drive out onto the Playa!


Being top dog has it's perks sometimes Ferdinand :D
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