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“a little scary” 2 of 5 stars
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Ballarat Ghost Town
Death Valley National Park, CA
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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.
Eugene, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“a little scary”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

My husband enjoyed this side trip more than I did. It was very windy that day and after meeting the caretaker, I just got back in the car. Not my kind of place!

Visited January 2012
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Sebastopol, California
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Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Very strange place, talking to the locals makes it more than worth it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

Not a lot to see but talking to the regulars at the General store was worth it. Ran into the owner of Briggs mine and his dog Pot Licker. Told me the story about Charles Manson possibly burying victims there. Wonderful old piece of weird American history.

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Carson City, NV
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
“Very Interesting!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Not much left of this old place but the caretaker was fun to talk to. We bought a soda and looked around a bit. They have camp sites available but I don't think I would stay here.

Visited October 2011
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Collingwood, Canada
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Do not miss Ballarat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2010

Great spot to take a break and talk with Rock (caretaker) and give some love to Potlicker (dog). There is always cold pop and beer on hand.
Very relaxed atmosphere.

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Rocklin, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Interesting place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2007

Interesting "caretaker" of Ballarat Ghost Town has some stories to tell and photos to show.

Short drive to Happy Canyon and Suprise Canyon. I hiked up Happy Canyon and it was great hike and no people around.

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