Keeping up with the Miners: Dublin Gulch Caves

Dublin Gulch Caves, Shoshone, CA. Wooden doors lead into shadowy rooms that originally held stoves, beds and all the comforts of home. These cave residences were hand-dug by miners  into the soft hills on the edge of the tiny town of Shoshone.  Most of them are locked, but you can still peer through open windows…

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CanGraveyard

Trash history, treasure and the quality of living

Hungry Bill’s Ranch, Death Valley, CA. It’s amazing how a few years can turn a pile of trash into a pile of historically significant trash.  Archaeologists spend a lot of time sifting through garbage heaps for what they tell about life, finding treasure in outhouses and dumps, looking for what has survived, what was meant…

Saratoga Springs

The Power of Wishful Thinking

Saratoga Spring, Death Valley, CA. Maybe it’s the water here that spurred all that wishful thinking. Or the lovely view of the Saratoga Spring ponds against austere desert that caused people to flock to this remote southeastern corner of the Black Mountains. The first wave began in 1902 when hundreds of people and agencies made…