Virginia City, Nevada
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The town of Bodie, now preserved as a historic park in a state of "arrested decay", rose to prominence with the decline of mining along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Prospectors crossing the eastern slope in 1859 to search for gold, discovered what was to be the Comstock Lode at Virginia City and started a wild rush to the surrounding high desert country. Take a look at the old buildings and peer through the windows with DesertUSA as we take a tour of this fascinating ghost town.
Randsburg, Living Ghost Town
Randsburg, California is located southwest of Ridgecrest, just off of Highway 395. Gold was first discovered here in 1895 at the Yellow Aster Mine. The mines of the area have produced over one million ounces of gold. Today the gold mining activities have been replaced by tourists shopping for antiques, part-time prospectors, and off-roaders looking for food and a rest stop.
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