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Report - Spending the night in Cisco, Utah ghost town (March 2015)

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Jim Sullivan, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. Jim Sullivan

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    Cisco, Utah is a decent-sized ghost town with many abandoned structures, including collapsing wooden homes and businesses from the early 1900s, and abandoned prefab homes from recent years.

    I arrived just before sundown, and since there was no one else around for miles, I decided to stay the night. After the sun disappeared, the only sources of light were three light posts near the railroad tracks and headlights of the occasional passing train or car. I took a few pictures in the evening and then a whole bunch more in the light of morning.

    Cisco's history dates back to the late 1800s, when the town was first established as a watering stop for steam engines operated by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. The station became an important shipping depot for the cattle ranchers and sheep herders from the nearby Book Cliffs.

    The town grew after oil and natural gas were discovered nearby in 1924. For a time, Cisco was Utah's largest producer of oil and natural gas. When diesel locomotives replaced coal-powered steam engines in the 1950s, Cisco lost its status as an important railroad stop.

    Increase in car ownership in the US during the mid-1900s helped Cisco maintain its role as a stopping point for travelers crossing the harsh desert.

    Later, uranium and vanadium prospecting provided a short-lived boost to the town's economy, after which much of the population moved away. As with many small towns across America, the construction of the Interstate system essentially killed Cisco. I-70 completely bypassed Cisco, depriving local businesses of the traffic that had been essential to their existence.

    I'm told that at least one family still resides in Cisco, but there was no sign of them when I was there.

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    There were quite a few interesting artifacts left behind as well.

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    An old cellar:
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    A recently abandoned home:
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    Shelves full of mysterious bottles:
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    A large trailer home:
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    A tiny, ancient post office:
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    Railroad depot:
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    Those are the main highlights, but I left out quite a few to keep this post from getting ridiculously long. If you'd like to see more, go here: http://www.placesthatwere.com/2016/02/spending-night-in-abandoned-ghost-town.html

    Jim
     
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  2. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Well that"s different mate :thumb Although i was expecting a Missile Silo to appear at some point :D

    The first pic reminds me a little of Dungeness on the South East Coast in the UK ...well without the water ;)

    So what"s in the Bottles then :confused:
     
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    Haha, I wish! I desperately want to explore more of those! It's so tough to find ones that are still accessible.

    I didn't open any of them to find out. I was foolish enough to open a refrigerator and released a blast of horrid moldy air earlier that morning, so I was reluctant to open anything else :(
     
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    The hills have eyes comes to mind….
     
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    Yeah i imagine they"re not something you can just walk into .....thankfully ;)
     
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    I enjoyed that. Thanks. The write up on your blog is excellent too.
     
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    Great report, enjoyed looking at that :thumb
     
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    nice one, a bit far to go, but really authentic :-)

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    Thank you! :D
     
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