Tuesday, March 8, 2011
As early as the 1920s, road trippers headed "out West" to explore the ruins of America's boom-and-bust 19th-century gold rush. Alongside successful mines, towns sprang up in the middle of nowhere in a matter of months and many crashed just as precipitously when the easy gold or silver was exhausted. Today, there are over 500,000 abandoned mines in the U.S. Most are on private property, blocked up, or too dangerous to venture into, but others have been shored up enough to visit.
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