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Brand New Ghost Town To Be Built September 9, 2011

Posted by bobv451 in ghost towns, history, inventions, nostalgia, westerns, Wild West.

I am long fascinated with ghost towns, especially in New Mexico, and dying towns trying to avoid ectoplasmic entropy. Building a brand new ghost town for the purpose of high-tech investigation is a dandy idea. I’m not sure exactly how it will work, or if it will ever be done–it would ironic to start construction of a ghost town, run out of money and then leave it partially completed.

They want a test ground for traffic control devices, urban planning and other things that would be gummed up if, you know, people were around. The location hasn’t been selected yet (and the picture accompanying the above link is White Sands Natl Monument, unlikely to be the site since people can visit there–and should. I have yet to see White Sands during a full moon. Put that on the bucket list. And then tap out some of the white sand (gypsum, really) from the shoes)

New Mexico Tech is famous for blowing up stuff and has a town devoted to just that in Playas, NM. This makes a lot of sense to me, more than the mega millions building an empty town for urban planning. But I am willing to be convinced the Pegasus town is a good idea. It will certainly bring much needed money to NM and maybe stir some interest in ghost towns and their resurrection. And the company also works on Spaceport America.

Speaking of ghost towns, Pat and Scott went to Ft Bayard
near Silver City this past weekend. She regaled me of tales of the Victorian buildings and how well preserved they were on the outside but rotting inside. If you want to take a tour of an important part of NM’s past (let us not forget the Buffalo Soldiers stationed here during the Indian Wars with Victorio and Geronimo). Ft Bayard Days are coming up the 16th and 17th of this month.

Fort Bayard, NM



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