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“Old desert ghost town with supposed memories of Charles Manson”

Ballarat Ghost Town
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Owner description: This town was once a supply town for mines in the region and is a good stop during a driving tour of the valley.
Reviewed March 17, 2017

Old buildings and supposedly Charles Mansons pickup truck right out in front. The owner of the "store" Rocky has some great stories about how the "Manson crew" would come down to Ballarat and get supplies. So stop in and have a chat with him, you won't forget it.

Ballarat is about a 30 minute drive from the Barker Ranch where they arrested Charles Mason and some of his followers. You will need a high clearance four wheel drive to find it though.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank HappyTrailsToAll
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Reviewed February 19, 2017

There is not that much left of the ghost town of Ballarat. A short drive of dirt road from the highway. A true ghost town.

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank jrosenbergh
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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

Date of experience: December 2016
3  Thank Rufmeister
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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.

Date of experience: June 2016
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.

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank DaBride
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