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EASY TO REACH GHOST TOWN

The ghost town of Ballarat (named after a famous Australian mining district) lies just off the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Cary L
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San Diego, California
The town caretaker makes this side trip worthwhile

There really isn't that much to see here any more apart from a handful of dilapidated buildings... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
binthere-dunit
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 20, 2016

What a great little stop. We were a bit confused by a bit Open sign to the ghost town, but apart from a road runner we didn't see anyone, but a charming little stop to see the flavour of the area

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Reviewed November 17, 2016

Stayed the previous night camping beside the trona Tufas and decided to explore the area. Ballarat is definitely a ghost town, few building scatter the site, the jailhouse is standing and a few others. There is a home that is occupied, didn't see the human but there is a rather unfriendly dog to "welcome" any visitors.

It's worth the stop, in the surrounding mountains there are quite a few relics of mining history. Be prepared, carry water, food and supplies, it is after all the desert.

Thank FraserS106
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Reviewed October 26, 2016

We love checking out ghost towns. Some old buildings and mining equipment. Worth a stop to check it out.

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Reviewed October 15, 2016

We love Death Valley and when we are there we concentrate on it. Ballarat was a great side trip though and a fascinating example of a town built during boon times and then abandoned when the boom went bust. I'd say DON'T MISS IT!

2  Thank cgtravers
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Reviewed October 5, 2016

It really was a ghost town and not well kept or marked - didn't want to even get out of the car and view anything except perhaps a Santa Fe railroad car.

Thank NJCricketer
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