|School House, Grafton, Southern Utah|
These places represent how people lived over 100 years ago. The work was hard and paid little. If natures beasts didn't kill you Native Americans or an outlaw might and when there wasn't any rain to water the crops you starved. Times were tough then and these old towns are proof of it. Entire towns were shuttered as soon as the precious metals were mined to exhaustion and employees were forced to move on to the next town to seek work. Heck it still happens today. Just look at what's going on in the oil fields in North Dakota. Here one day, gone tomorrow.
|Old Hotel in Sego, Utah (No longer standing)|
Some of these old buildings such as the ones in Grafton, Utah have needed a little TLC to keep them looking good and structurally sound. Money for these projects often comes from private donors while larger towns like Calico, CA can sustain themselves. Either way the locations should be respected and left as they are for others to follow in your footsteps so their exploration is just as much fun as yours. These places are waiting for you to explore. Some may be closer than you think. I know of 4 within 25 minutes of where I'm sitting right now (which is my house not the middle of nowhere.) Do a little research and pack a lunch and go explore. It's a great way to get the kiddies away from those electronic devices for a little while.
Jeep Safari is just a week away folks. Are you ready? On Tuesday I'll give you some tips on what you should have with you and what you can expect while you're down there.
In case you were wondering, Jeep The Adventure Dog is continuing to improve and the vet thinks that he may not have had a serious issue after all but only time will tell. He seems to be feeling better because we can't get him to stay sill.
Also for those of you in the Salt Lake City area the Sportsman's Expo is next week so if you're looking for your next outdoor adventure make sure you stop by for some ideas. Thanks all and have a good weekend!
|Church in Calico, California|
|Nevada City, Montana|