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(Daily Mail)   Stagecoaches, outhouses and general stores: Inside the preserved American ghost town left untouched for almost 70 years   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
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2012-08-02 08:16:42 PM  
took over the family business from 68-year-old Link in June of last year when he was murdered outside his house.



Wait, what?
 
2012-08-02 09:17:50 PM  
FTA: Larry Link (left) purchased Steins in 1988 and after his tragic murder last year the running of the ghost town was handed over to his grand-daughter Melissa Lamoree (right)

Murder of the owner of a ghost town sounds like something Scooby-Doo and and the gang would investigate. My money's on him faking his death and then pretending to be a ghost to scare away all the tourists so he can secretly mine the gold he discovered under the town.
 
2012-08-02 09:18:05 PM  

LandStander: Wait, what?


I know, this is one of those times when "And then it got weird" would be appropriate.
 
2012-08-02 09:42:39 PM  
I met Larry awhile back.

If you're into ghost towns its a cool place to check out. Right on the border of Arizona and New Mexico.

If you're heading west towards Tucson, check out Mescal. Near Benson.
 
2012-08-02 10:11:37 PM  
I hate how Daily Mail articles repeat themselves over and over between the captions and the article. Anyway, Steins is pretty cool, there are lots of ghost towns around but most of them aren't visible from an interstate.
 
2012-08-02 10:11:48 PM  

Ennuipoet: LandStander: Wait, what?

I know, this is one of those times when "And then it got weird" would be appropriate.


Speculated originally that an illegal immigrant killed him, but now they're thinking it was a robbery gone bad.

They still haven't solved it.
 
2012-08-02 10:40:13 PM  

Lsherm: Ennuipoet: LandStander: Wait, what?

I know, this is one of those times when "And then it got weird" would be appropriate.

Speculated originally that an illegal immigrant killed him, but now they're thinking it was a robbery gone bad.

They still haven't solved it.


I've spent time in that area and I was expecting somebody to be murdered. Unfortunately now that this 'secret' is out many of the original pieces will be stolen and more people murdered, raped and robbed. It's the NM way.
 
2012-08-02 10:44:14 PM  
"Glass jars kept from being thrown away sit on shelves in Steins, one of the most authentic ghost towns in the United States"

Those look more like old glass electrical insulators...got one here...

i88.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-02 10:47:01 PM  

albert71292: "Glass jars kept from being thrown away sit on shelves in Steins, one of the most authentic ghost towns in the United States"

Those look more like old glass electrical insulators...got one here...

[i88.photobucket.com image 352x288]


I noticed that, too

/they're telegraph insulators
 
2012-08-02 10:51:06 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: albert71292: "Glass jars kept from being thrown away sit on shelves in Steins, one of the most authentic ghost towns in the United States"

Those look more like old glass electrical insulators...got one here...

[i88.photobucket.com image 352x288]

I noticed that, too

/they're telegraph insulators


Antique insulators can be very valuable
 
2012-08-02 11:03:38 PM  

EnviroDude: MaudlinMutantMollusk: albert71292: "Glass jars kept from being thrown away sit on shelves in Steins, one of the most authentic ghost towns in the United States"

Those look more like old glass electrical insulators...got one here...

[i88.photobucket.com image 352x288]

I noticed that, too

/they're telegraph insulators

Antique insulators can be very valuable


Do you have a buddy of yours who knows more about this stuff than you do? Could you give him a call and have him take a look at it?

/it would look great in the shop
//but you gotta get it for the right price
 
2012-08-02 11:08:24 PM  

Mark Ratner: EnviroDude: MaudlinMutantMollusk: albert71292: "Glass jars kept from being thrown away sit on shelves in Steins, one of the most authentic ghost towns in the United States"

Those look more like old glass electrical insulators...got one here...

[i88.photobucket.com image 352x288]

I noticed that, too

/they're telegraph insulators

Antique insulators can be very valuable

Do you have a buddy of yours who knows more about this stuff than you do? Could you give him a call and have him take a look at it?

/it would look great in the shop
//but you gotta get it for the right price


They won't be there much longer. People in that area are known to steal and likely overlooked those because they didn't know what they were.w
 
2012-08-02 11:09:30 PM  

EnviroDude: MaudlinMutantMollusk: albert71292: "Glass jars kept from being thrown away sit on shelves in Steins, one of the most authentic ghost towns in the United States"

Those look more like old glass electrical insulators...got one here...

[i88.photobucket.com image 352x288]

I noticed that, too

/they're telegraph insulators

Antique insulators can be very valuable


Eh... those aren't that hard to find even today

/there's still a lot of abandoned lines along RR right of ways in Northern California
//a few poles fall every time there's a big storm, and when they do, they're fair game
 
2012-08-02 11:12:48 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Eh... those aren't that hard to find even today

/there's still a lot of abandoned lines along RR right of ways in Northern California
//a few poles fall every time there's a big storm, and when they do, they're fair game


The three I have I use as props to keep doors open.
 
2012-08-02 11:14:30 PM  
Ghost town formerly owned by murdered rattlesnake farmer.

... what the hell else can we even work into that? Antarctic Nazis?
 
2012-08-02 11:23:46 PM  

kmmontandon: Ghost town formerly owned by murdered rattlesnake farmer.

... what the hell else can we even work into that? Antarctic Nazis?


Lost gold mines, a cryptic map, and the ghost of Geronimo in a Gucci suit

/certainly more original than anything Hollywood has come up with lately
 
2012-08-02 11:24:16 PM  
When you take US-95 between Reno and Las Vegas, you pass by lots of quasi-ghosttowns. They're not ghost towns per se, but the abandoned cars and other signs that half the population just upped and left.
 
2012-08-02 11:39:46 PM  
I went to Garnet, Montana last summer an old mining town. That's worth checking out if you're in the area.

- Ghostown enthusiest.
 
2012-08-02 11:44:45 PM  
As the saloons, general stores and bordello's closed, the towns 1,000 or so people left their belongings

How many bordellos could they possibly need in a town of 1,000 people? You'd think one would suffice.
 
2012-08-02 11:45:04 PM  
I'll be in Bodie in about a month, I'll be sure to look for insulators.
 
2012-08-02 11:46:23 PM  

Kevin72: When you take US-95 between Reno and Las Vegas, you pass by lots of quasi-ghosttowns. They're not ghost towns per se, but the abandoned cars and other signs that half the population just upped and left.



UPPED and left. Upped and left. Uppedandleft. WTF?
 
2012-08-02 11:51:22 PM  
You best not disrespect the portrait of Miss Lily.
 
2012-08-02 11:52:09 PM  

Lsherm: Ennuipoet: LandStander: Wait, what?

I know, this is one of those times when "And then it got weird" would be appropriate.

Speculated originally that an illegal immigrant killed him, but now they're thinking it was a robbery gone bad.

They still haven't solved it.


""In no way, shape or form do I think it was illegals ... they don't want to be seen ... they don't want to cause problems ... they just want to move on," Pamela Link said. "The illegals, they come over, we get a lot of them. They ask for food, they ask for a ride to Tucson. And when they would ask for a ride my father would say, 'Okay' and then he would call Border Patrol and tell them where to pick them up.""

i45.tinypic.com
 
2012-08-02 11:53:02 PM  
That's not a ghost town!

This is a ghost town!
 
2012-08-02 11:55:50 PM  

Your_Huckleberry: I'll be in Bodie in about a month, I'll be sure to look for insulators.


So your plan to steal insulators from that town could be called your Bodie Plot?
 
2012-08-02 11:59:39 PM  

Kevin72: When you take US-95 between Reno and Las Vegas, you pass by lots of quasi-ghosttowns. They're not ghost towns per se, but the abandoned cars and other signs that half the population just upped and left.


The old mining towns still have people. Most are either old and decrepit or meth heads that work at the local over priced gas station. I just did that trip and I hate it more and more every time. Did it two Sundays in a row and all you can get on the radio between Fallon and Beatty is jesus music or country.

/The Tonopah clown Motel has to be the creepiest thing I have ever seen.
 
2012-08-03 12:03:25 AM  
I was poking around some ghost towns a couple months ago and was surprised how trashed the places were. Old cans and junk strewn everywhere. A couple-three days later, I realized the places were trashed because people knew they were fixin' to hit the road and sanitation went to Hell.

Makes me wonder about the accuracy of descriptions of ancient historical sites. With few exceptions, what we see is the final days of a particular site, not the day-to-day happenings.
 
2012-08-03 12:04:23 AM  

jaflasvegas: /The Tonopah clown Motel has to be the creepiest thing I have ever seen.


Good lord, that is creepy. Reading this thread I'm not sure if I want to go back and visit the southwest (I went there once as a teenager) or not.
 
2012-08-03 12:06:12 AM  

Krieghund: As the saloons, general stores and bordello's closed, the towns 1,000 or so people left their belongings

How many bordellos could they possibly need in a town of 1,000 people? You'd think one would suffice.


It was a railroad town. Lots of dudes coming through on the train. Also, "bordello is" or "closed that belongs to bordello"?
 
2012-08-03 12:08:33 AM  

Ikam: jaflasvegas: /The Tonopah clown Motel has to be the creepiest thing I have ever seen.

Good lord, that is creepy. Reading this thread I'm not sure if I want to go back and visit the southwest (I went there once as a teenager) or not.


The Goldfield hotel is interesting but you can't go in. Virginia city is by Carson and is much more interesting. I haven't been there in years though.
 
2012-08-03 12:11:09 AM  

pizen: FTA: Larry Link (left) purchased Steins in 1988 and after his tragic murder last year the running of the ghost town was handed over to his grand-daughter Melissa Lamoree (right)

Murder of the owner of a ghost town sounds like something Scooby-Doo and and the gang would investigate. My money's on him faking his death and then pretending to be a ghost to scare away all the tourists so he can secretly mine the gold he discovered under the town.


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WOOOLOOLOOLOOLOO AHHEEEHEEEHEEEH

 
2012-08-03 12:11:48 AM  
If it's been preserved, it's not been left untouched.
 
2012-08-03 12:15:07 AM  

Enigmamf: Your_Huckleberry: I'll be in Bodie in about a month, I'll be sure to look for insulators.

So your plan to steal insulators from that town could be called your Bodie Plot?


It's actually supposed to be real bad luck to take something from Bodie.
Not to mention against the law, since the lower section is a State Park.
 
2012-08-03 12:16:16 AM  

Krieghund: As the saloons, general stores and bordello's closed, the towns 1,000 or so people left their belongings

How many bordellos could they possibly need in a town of 1,000 people? You'd think one would suffice.


Youd be surprised. They didnt have TV back then.
 
2012-08-03 12:16:17 AM  
Bodies is cool but full of tourists. I heard if you have a 4 wheel drive there is another ghost town east of there but I can not confirm or deny that. I might have to check it out next year when I go up to hike Mt. Whitney.
 
2012-08-03 12:17:30 AM  

titwrench: Bodies is cool but full of tourists. I heard if you have a 4 wheel drive there is another ghost town east of there but I can not confirm or deny that. I might have to check it out next year when I go up to hike Mt. Whitney.


I typed Bodie not Bodies. Stupid auto correct.
 
2012-08-03 12:23:08 AM  
I thought I trashed that town in a DNF level.
 
2012-08-03 12:23:16 AM  

titwrench: Bodies is cool but full of tourists. I heard if you have a 4 wheel drive there is another ghost town east of there but I can not confirm or deny that. I might have to check it out next year when I go up to hike Mt. Whitney.


There's a bunch of mines in the area and the ridge above Bodie is an unregulated section with open shafts (well, ten years ago, at least) but you'll need four wheel drive or a horse or something to get up there.
I knew someone who tried to spend the night there, said it was ultra creepy and didn't make it to dawn before bugging out.
 
2012-08-03 12:24:59 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: albert71292: "Glass jars kept from being thrown away sit on shelves in Steins, one of the most authentic ghost towns in the United States"

Those look more like old glass electrical insulators...got one here...

[i88.photobucket.com image 352x288]

I noticed that, too

/they're telegraph insulators


I noticed as well and thought, "Really, DM? Glass jars? Jesus.".

So consider yourselves thirded. Or fourthed. Or twenty-seventhed.
 
2012-08-03 12:34:47 AM  

jtown: I was poking around some ghost towns a couple months ago and was surprised how trashed the places were. Old cans and junk strewn everywhere. A couple-three days later, I realized the places were trashed because people knew they were fixin' to hit the road and sanitation went to Hell.

Makes me wonder about the accuracy of descriptions of ancient historical sites. With few exceptions, what we see is the final days of a particular site, not the day-to-day happenings.


Actually, it's because squatters will use the property after the owners have left, which is why sanitation goes to hell. There's no ownership, but the property still gets used.
 
2012-08-03 12:43:10 AM  

LemSkroob: ""In no way, shape or form do I think it was illegals ... they don't want to be seen ... they don't want to cause problems ... they just want to move on," Pamela Link said. "The illegals, they come over, we get a lot of them. They ask for food, they ask for a ride to Tucson. And when they would ask for a ride my father would say, 'Okay' and then he would call Border Patrol and tell them where to pick them up.""

i45.tinypic.com


And that's why he's dead, and that's why nobody took the truck. I wouldn't think a killer would want to steal the truck of someone they just hit. It just seems like a bad link back to the murder.
 
2012-08-03 12:45:53 AM  
sorry to go off topic, but Jennifer Anniston in side bar? WOW
 
2012-08-03 12:56:20 AM  
The coaches aren't the only thing staged in that town.

/thankyou, i'll be here all night!
 
2012-08-03 01:18:56 AM  

Lsherm: Ennuipoet: LandStander: Wait, what?

I know, this is one of those times when "And then it got weird" would be appropriate.

Speculated originally that an illegal immigrant killed him, but now they're thinking it was a robbery gone bad.

They still haven't solved it.


Whar's Marshall Dillon when ye need him? Didja check over to Miss Kitty's?
 
2012-08-03 01:22:47 AM  

jaflasvegas: Kevin72: When you take US-95 between Reno and Las Vegas, you pass by lots of quasi-ghosttowns. They're not ghost towns per se, but the abandoned cars and other signs that half the population just upped and left.

The old mining towns still have people. Most are either old and decrepit or meth heads that work at the local over priced gas station. I just did that trip and I hate it more and more every time. Did it two Sundays in a row and all you can get on the radio between Fallon and Beatty is jesus music or country.

/The Tonopah clown Motel has to be the creepiest thing I have ever seen.


Going through Goldfield at night really scared me along with the rest of I-95, Not a soul on the road. Most of the buildings there are made of brick so the decay is slower. Been through there many times during the day would love to explore some of the areas. There is a beautiful house that looks odd there. Ton of abandoned mines and some diehards are mining for gold.

I liked the Silver Queen motel in Tonopah. However, I was always glad to get out of there.
 
2012-08-03 01:24:13 AM  
americanroadmagazine.com

I like this one better.
 
2012-08-03 01:26:34 AM  

Your_Huckleberry: I'll be in Bodie in about a month, I'll be sure to look for insulators.


BTW, in a survey of Californians thinking their dog's name unique and clever, "Bodie" was the choice of 23%
 
2012-08-03 01:26:59 AM  

albert71292: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Eh... those aren't that hard to find even today

/there's still a lot of abandoned lines along RR right of ways in Northern California
//a few poles fall every time there's a big storm, and when they do, they're fair game

The three I have I use as props to keep doors open.


Yeah, I have a fair number of those which I acquired sometime in my youth. Blue and green glass mostly, with some brown ceramic thrown into the mix. The ceramic ones are usually quite a bit taller and have metal components built into them. I'm sure they are either for different purposes, or from different eras.

/Ignorant to most of the tech
//Loves old glass
 
2012-08-03 01:27:25 AM  
I hate to go all "Pawn Stars" but those hinges not only look modern, but there is no rust after 70 years? Of not being "touched"? Looks more like a guys cool collection of old stuff to me.

i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2012-08-03 01:29:28 AM  

adeist69: Kevin72: When you take US-95 between Reno and Las Vegas, you pass by lots of quasi-ghosttowns. They're not ghost towns per se, but the abandoned cars and other signs that half the population just upped and left.


UPPED and left. Upped and left. Uppedandleft. WTF?


Probably some sort of colloquialism e.g. uprooted. It does sound strange, having read it over and over thanks to you and a fairly decent amount of beer.
 
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