Living in a Ghost town

The west is riddled with old abandoned  towns and lots of history.  You might not even know there was town there. Sometimes it’s just little pieces of a bygone era.

High Desert
High Desert

Pioneers, settlers and native Americans were here first.  They left behind little bits and pieces of information that you can gleam from the clues.  Things like square nails, horseshoes, buttons, old bottles, arrowheads and even the trails they walked on are still visible in some places.

Indian Drawings (Petroglyph)
Indian Drawings (Petroglyph)

Be sure to check local laws before removing any artifacts. Also a word of caution about poking around abandoned farms and the like. You need to be aware that up until recent times, water wells were dug wide and deep. Many of these are not covered very well. Be careful not to fall into one.

Snake
Snake

Wildlife also likes to claim these areas as theirs. Snakes, spiders, ticks, badgers all like to make their home in old buildings and foundations.  Hiking boots are essential. Never put your hands where you can’t see them.

Water Wheel
Water Wheel

Our town was once called Stacy. Home to nearly 40 people. The railroad came through right in the middle of our property. The old Stacy schoolhouse was right next to us. Mostly just a hole in the ground with a few pieces of wood.

History tells us there was a big Indian massacre somewhere in the area. You can find all kinds of evidence of Indians. Arrowheads and fire pits to name a few. The wind howls and carries odd sounds and sometimes you can see someone in the corner of your eye but when you look directly there’s nothing there. Are there ghosts here? Have you ever seen or heard a ghost?