AAAAAA. Darwin, California / Keeler, California - GHOST TOWNS
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Music - Holdin' on to yesterday by Ambrosia

Photographed in 2000 using film. Photographed in 2016 using digital.

Darwin - A ghost town in Inyo County. Silver and lead were discovered here in 1875. Most of the buildings are abandoned. There are roughly 40 permanent residents.

Location - Located about 20 miles southeast of Keeler on the Olancha Darwin Road, which is just off Ca 190. Darwin is also about 35 miles southeast of Lone Pine, California in Inyo County. Both Darwin and Keeler are easy access from US 395. Summers are HOT and winters can be cold with snow. Best time to go is in fall.

Keeler - The tiny town was born in the 1860's as an area for processing ore from the local Cerro Gordo Mines. The mines produced silver, lead and zinc. Most of the buildings are boarded up and dilapidated. Rotting away in the harsh sun. There are about 60 permanent residents of Keeler.

Location - On State Route 136 along the eastern shore of Owens Lake which is dry. Keeler is about 15 miles southeast of Lone Pine in Inyo County, California. Roughly 200 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California.

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The abandoned Darwin dance hall.


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The road to Darwin, July 2016.


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The former post office and gas pump in Darwin. Both Darwin and Keeler are in the middle of nowhere off US 395 in eastern California.


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Looking east towards Death Valley.


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The old abandoned Carson and Colorado train depot in Keeler.


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What is left of Keeler, California.


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Heading up to the Cerro Gordo Mines. Looking out to the Owens valley and the eastern Sierra's.


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The abandoned Cerro Gordo mines.