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Ballarat Ghost Town
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created by shelka04 on 1/29/2007 8:18 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 1/30/2007 9:12 PM
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Type: Building
Status: one person still lives there
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip, BUT only for information on the area
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Ballarat, California
United States
Owner: unknown
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  •  Hazards
  • flooding
  • water
  •  Interesting Features
    Not much is left of ballarat, and i'd say pass by all means EXCEPT for two things.

    1) After the Manson Family went on it's murder spree the family borded a bus and headed to Death Valley, Bobby Beausolei (Manson's right hand man) drove up seperately. he drove his Dodge power wagon, parked it in Ballarat and then went on in the bus. It still sits there today.

    2) Most importantly though is the little convenience store that is still in operation there. The price of a can of Soda gets you the latest information on that side of the Pannamint Mountains. Of interest on that side are Pannamint City, deep and high up on the range, word is a gate blocks driving all the way Briggs Mine just to the south of Ballarat along the mountain side, closed in 2004 and is intact just after the briggs mine is the opening to Goller Wash and the trail to the Barker Ranch, (aka the manson Family hide out).
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1896
    Closed: 0
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    Ballarat is a California ghost town that was born in 1896 as a supply point for the mines in the canyons of the Panamints. A quarter-mile to the south is Post Office Springs, a reliable water source used since the 1850s by prospectors and desert wanderers. George Riggins, a young immigrant from Australia, gave Ballarat its name when he proposed it should be named for the city in the heart of Australia's gold country, Ballarat, Victoria.

    In its heyday—from 1897 to 1905—Ballarat was home and headquarters for 400 to 500 people. It hosted seven saloons, three hotels, a Wells Fargo station, post office, school, a jail and morgue, but not one church. Ballarat was an oasis of fun, frolic, and relaxation—a town to go to and blow off the dust of long trails and hard work. The town began its decline when the Ratcliff Mine, in Pleasant Canyon east of town, suspended operations. Other mines nearby also began to play out, and in 1917 the post office closed and all that remained were a few diehard prospectors and desert rats.

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    1st trip
    Mon, Jan 29th, 2007
    posted by shelka04
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  • on Jan 30 07 at 21:14, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jan 30 07 at 21:12, Emperor Wang changed the following: Interesting Features
  • on Jan 29 07 at 8:48, shelka04 made this location available
  • on Jan 29 07 at 8:40, shelka04 updated the main picture
  • on Jan 29 07 at 8:38, shelka04 added some pictures to a gallery
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  • on Jan 29 07 at 8:33, shelka04 changed the following: Display Name, Notes for Mods, Owner, Type, City, Province / State (please use full name), Country, Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Publically Viewable, History, Year Built, Year Closed, Status, Accessibility, Hazards, Int
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