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I love stuff like this...

the end of our little country road crosses a creek (actually, a small river) and dead-ends on the other side. Just recently, a bridge was built over the creek. For decades, the only crossing for a car was a low-water bridge, which more often than not, had water flowing over it, and down through local history, many a car and truck slid off the little bridge into the drink.....a few old remains of cars left abandoned to their watery fate are exposed by heavy rains and/or flooding.

Well, a lot of work was done to the area after a couple of significant floods did a lot of damage, and it was built into a very nice fishing/swimming/hiking spot.

The family and I drove down for a day of swimming and picnicking on the creek this summer, and we found a nice spot off the path to access our own little piece of shoreline, and we found some old bones....



From what we could make out from the logo on the door, it was a garage's tow truck....probably came down to pull someone's car out of the drink, and ended up getting pulled in itself.....or maybe it was just abandoned to the river years ago



I couldn't identify make or model.....but I was determined to get that door and see if I could get the old paint from the name to show up better.....it'd look great hanging in my garage, and maybe we could do a little historical searching and find out if it came from a local gas station/garage, where it was in town, who owned it.....maybe even the details of it's fate.

But alas, when we returned with tools a few days later, the door was gone. Guess someone else had the same idea. I do hope it's found a new home in a garage or den somewhere.
 

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Flip it over and get the other door. It should have all the logo stuff too. :)

It is amazing that something like that can sit for 50 years and in a week someone had the same idea as you.
 

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Flip it over and get the other door. It should have all the logo stuff too. :)

It is amazing that something like that can sit for 50 years and in a week someone had the same idea as you.
Not so amazing or coincidental when you realize that the "fossil" had just recently been exposed, probably seeing daylight the first time in decades, by the floods I referred to in my post. Up to a month before, it had been buried in mud. We were the first to break a path from the trail to the creek at that point, and it was covered in sticks and flotsam when we spotted it .

Another heavy rain and high water could just as quickly bury it for another 60 years.
 

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You want amazing, I'll tell you about how I exposed a long-kept local secret dating from W-II from a wreck I found in a creekbed.
 

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Would have made a great piece of garage wall art.... you going to get your shovel out there???
 

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We've been doing these automotive discovery hikes now for a year. We are going on another one this Sunday. Three weeks ago we found a creek bed that ends in a 2000 foot waterfall. It's in a corner of the canyon that we've been exploring. We found a mid '30's Oldsmobile all piled up and wrapped around a tree in the creek bed. Buried in refuse from flooding. Then we found a car or truck, it's hard to say, hanging on the side of a cliff just off the highway that goes thru the canyon. There's a little, about 15 foot, speed boat and it's trailer hanging just above it. We spied it from across the canyon, but you can't even see it form the pull off just above. It's about 800 feet to the bottom there.

This is a couple of pics of the mine we went in.





We had discovered a ghost town and an old early 30's pickup truck that must have slid down a cliff, the way it was smashed. So we mentioned it on one of our borads, but that last time we went there it was gone. So we don't know if someone took it on their own or if they followed our directions, found it and took it. Now we are no longer telling specific locations so they are left alone. So far we've found a smashed '64 Impalla SS. '58 Pontiac convertable, that mid 30's olds and many more. Anywho these hikes are really fun and rewarding, as well as exhausting. Mark L
 

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Went on another hike Sunday. We had found a road leading into the canyon from that ghost mining town called Mule Hoof Bend. It led us to a new area that we had seen from the big mines over on another ridge. It appears to be a maintenance area, and an ore recovery area. Bringing ore up from mines below and across the coanyon cut back. This is a steel tower that they used to lift ore up from the mines in the canyon below.



This is at the base of the tower looking thru it over the side. Looking thru the tower you are looking across at the next ridge wall where we found the new mine opennings. The canyon cuts back to the right about 200 yards and comes around again under the tower.
On this road we followed another creek bed all the way down to this place that must have cut out this canyon area. The creek bed drops at a faster rate and drops lower than the road, so, thinking back, we should probably walk down the creek bed and see if it leads to a possible easy entrance to the canyon floor??? Or ends in a water fall like the others we have found so far. This marks the third creek discovered with two ending in waterwalls, and a third if this one also ends in one too.



And these are the mine openings across the canyon cut. It appears the tower/cable system brought the ore up from across the open canyon to this working area. We were guessing that they probably did some maintenance in the shed on equipment there. This is a shot down a ways to the left of the tower, looking across to the mine openings. There are two visable openings and a possible third that looks to be closed off.



In the pic, about center and a little above center, you can see the most defined openning, that small round hole just above the little bit of a tailings "falls" there. Then looking directly above the second tree from the bottom right of the pic, you can just make out the long but short rectangular opening almost to the bottom of the white strata. It appears to have been partially filled, hence the smaller rectanguler shape. To the far right, at the very bottom edge of the white strata, and almost touching the edge of the pic, is what I think is a third opening. If it is then it has been blocked by a wood wall and if you could see well enough, it looked like a single wood post directly in the center that could possibly be a support for that wood closure. It was hard to see and I had left my binoculars in the truck. We will be going back so we'll know better next time. If you look toward the top left of the pic, you can see very distinctly, the mine opening and the large tailing "falls" on the next ridge over where the big mines are that we explored in earlier trips. There are actually two mine openings over there but one is blocked by the ridge in the foreground.
One puzzling thing. The openings on this side of the ridge in the foreground have no visible means of an entrance support. Meaning, it's a sheer cliff wall with no trail/road cut out, no visible structure such as steel beams etc to support a "porch", or something that equipment, men etc can stand on to work the mine from. We have seen where they have worked the mines to a degree that they have gone completely thru the ridge and exited out the other side. This I would have suspected would have been the case here, but when you are standing way over on that other ridge at the big mine. Then you look across from that canyon wall to the back side of this closer ridge. There are also mine entrances on that far side, again in the cliff wall on a shear face. Again with no "porch" or means of support at the entrances. With a good 500 foot drop right outside the opening. So I suspect that there is someplace that they have entered the mines on a more supported place that we have not discovered yet. After the pic above we discovered another road/trail that led down the ridge edge that I started to follow. Towards the top someone had graded up a berm, probably to prevent ATV's etc from going any farther. So I continued down the trail. This shed area turned out to be another ridge sticking out into the canyon. Following the trail/road down it brought me to the point of the ridge.
This is a pic from the edge of the ridge where the road made a complete 180 around the ridge end and started down the face of the ridge again cutting back into the next canyon openning.



As you can see, the ridge point is a very gentle slop that may have led all the way down to the canyon floor.
On the way down this road, as this ridge continued to narrow, I could see into the next canyon over and I found another mine entrance that was above my level and into the next ridge wall face. It had a road that looked to follow the inside of the canyon wall and up to the shed area. So next time we are there we can explore that one. I continued to follow the road down which led to a major rock fall that blocked the road but I was able to get over that. The road led to another switchback. So I suspect that this road may eventually lead back around and under the area where the tower is and possibly to mines cut into the ridge we were standing on. Previously, we had seen mine openings in this area when we were looking across from the big mine area (third pic above) so I suspect now that it is those mines we saw. Meaning this road would have serviced the mines directly below that tower. But if memory serves me correctly, they again were on a cliff face wall, with very little road/cut out in the wall. So that could prove to be a very dangerous place to go. Again we'll know more when we go back there. I stopped at this point because I was getting tired and we had a long, uphill walk back to the truck. I'll add the rest of my pics in the next reply.
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Forgot to mention that the tower in the previous post had cutting torch evidence that someone had tried to cut down the tower, probably to scrap it. It had aprox. 6 legs and three had been cut through.



This is a shot looking up at the buildings and wrok area. You can see the maintenance shed, some concrete stands, likely for an ore bin. Center is what appeared to be a boiler room, and to the left of the tall stack is a heavy beamed structure of unknown use. Possibly to dump ore cars from??? Looking just up hill from that heavy structure, it appeared to be two short concrete bases again. I suspect it was the top of the Tower/lift cable system, with what appeared to be a base for an engine (to drive the cable system) and it was directly in line with that heavy wood platform structure and the tower over at the edge of the canyon. Directy above and behind the "maintenance shed" to the right of the pic, is the remains of that road I talked about in the last post that must lead over to the mine I saw from the next ridge over.



A good pic of Keith standing in a debris field. There is junk and sheet metal assemblies laying all over the area.



My son and daughter-in-law were along for the hike.



More pics of the work area.

Mark L
 
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