Sunday, August 08, 2004

Garnet Ghost Town, Revisited

We took a trip to Garnet Ghost Town today after church. It was my second visit in the span of three and a half months; last time was with KMJ when we were here together in May. That day, it was cold and rainy and a bit muddy, which didn't combine really well with our "straight from church" attire and completely impractical shoes. This time it was sunny and warm, plus we changed clothes first. Much better.

Oh, but KMJ, the road that you and I took up the mountain is closed for repairs. The alternate route is rougher yet and many miles longer. It took us close to two hours to get from the highway to the town.

Garnet Ghost Town is one of the best preserved ghost towns remaining in existence. Originally a gold mining boomtown, it had 1000 residents in 1898. By 1905 the mines were going dry and the population had dwindled to 150 people.

It's pretty cool to poke around and explore. It's a hands-on kind of a place and you are allowed to pick up artifacts, as long as you put them back. You can freely wander into the rickety old buildings and even climb the creaking old staircases. This is definitely a Brady Bunch-ish ghost town--not a museum where you are kept behind ropes and asked not to touch anything. Very cool.

Enjoy the photos.

Incidentally, I'm noting that I'm posting more photos than anything else lately. I think it's because we have company, so we are spending a lot of time showing people around. KMJ knows how Grandpa loves to play tour guide.

Grandpa leaves for 6-8 weeks in Michigan on Tuesday (pray for his safety if you think of it), then the rest of the company tapers off by the end of the week. We would move into a more normal life at that point, but NO, we take off mid-next week for Anaheim, CA to exhibit rocking chairs at a show. We'll get back with only a few days to spare before Tano starts second grade at Lone Rock Elementary. Things probably won't settle down until sometime in September.

Garnet, as it stands today. The town was ravaged by fire early in the 20th century, and now only a few buildings remain, some on Main St. and a few small homes and businesses scattered on the hillside behind it.
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