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The wind can blow through it

Cisco Ghost town, Utah, USA

 

May 10, 2005 * Taken by Joe

 

Ghosttowns.com tells us: "Cisco started as a watering stop for the railroad's steam engines in the 1880s. As work crews,and later travelers, came through, stores,hotels and restaurants sprang up to accommodate them. Nearby cattle ranchers, and sheep herders in the Book Cliffs north of town began using Cisco as a livestock and provisioning center. Around the turn of the century,over 100,000 sheep were sheared here before being shipped to market. Then oil and natural gas were discovered. For awhile Cisco was the largest producer in Utah. People began traveling more and Cisco continued to grow. Then the bottom fell out. A declining economy crashed when I-70 came through and by-passed Cisco altogether".

 

We visited the ghost town of Cisco on our way down south towards Arches NP, Utah. It was the third day of our trip. We read on the net that the town site is owned by someone who still lives there, so when we arrived, we looked for him, and asked him if we could walk around and take some photos. He agreed, but warn us to look out for snakes. Two minutes after we started walking around, we met our first - and only - snake of the trip. Luckily all it wanted was to crawl away *s*.

 

Many old buildings still stand in the area. There are lots of old cars and trucks all over the place, old parts of vehicles and other machines - a gold mine for those who love ghost towns. And the mountains view in the distance is just spectacular!

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Taken on May 10, 2005