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  • Touring Nevada’s ghost towns

    Posted 2:00 a.m.

    Funny what you find in the middle of the desert. A rifle almost as old as Nevada’s statehood leaned against a tree. Cars stuck in the cracked earth like knives neatly thrown by a giant. The bleached bones of bighorn sheep that leapt a little too far. Mining towns have such skeletons, booming to life and busting into an afterlife sustained by human curiosity. Touring the Wild West’s abandoned past has become an international tourist attraction, to the extent of ghost towns getting Yelp reviews. But until you stand in the shadow of Rhyolite’s silent train depot, you can’t know the feeling of being somewhere and nowhere at once. The lights have been off for a century in this settlement that ...

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