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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 4 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 March 8, 2018

There is not much to see any more at Ballarat. There is a couple of old buildings and a few old pieces of equipment around. The store is interesting to see and was open but we did not find anybody around. There are not any restrooms available. The most interesting building was the old jail/motel. The site is about 4 miles off of the main road. There is an RV behind the store and a couple of old vehicles, otherwise not much to see. If you are driving by it is worth a stop just to say you have been there.

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Reviewed February 14, 2018

I'd driven past Ballarat many times but this was my first time stopping there. As noted in guide books, there's not much left of the town other than a couple of small buildings in various states of decay, and a truck that belonged to Tex Watson of Charles Manson's "family", whose base was nearby in Goler Wash (a few 4WD vehicles headed up that way while I was visiting). But what made Ballarat special was meeting and talking with the town's only full-time resident, Rocky Novak. He runs the small general store, selling mostly beer and soft drinks, plus a few other items. What an interesting character - he's lived there pretty much his whole life and has lots of stories to tell. It would have been fun to stay and talk with him longer. He directed me to a few things in the area to check out. It's not the most interesting ghost town - or near-ghost town - that you'll find, but if you happen to stop by when Rocky is at the general store, it will be a memorable visit for sure.

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Reviewed October 29, 2017

...but the "general store" was not open on our visit. I'd heard the proprietor/caretaker had great intel on the local 4WD roads and the history of the place, but although there were definitely people at the nearby compound, they apparently weren't receiving visitors. Guess them's the breaks when your destination is a ghost town!

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Reviewed June 22, 2017

This ghost town is off the road on your way to Death Valley. It's a dirt road but accessible with any vehicle. My husband and I visited it in the middle of the day. And yes, it was hot. There are several buildings in their last stages of life. One structure is there with a gentleman living there. Not sure what he does there but he is friendly and has some drinks for sale. There are wild burros roaming around who appear friendly but I didn't press my luck in getting to close. It's a short drive off the main road so I suggest you take a moment to visit it. It's history that is fading away in the constant sun and wind.

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Reviewed April 30, 2017

This old town has great character. The proprietor Roger has great stories and suggestions to all visitors. He's a wealth of information. The town is full of rustic buildings and lots to see.

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