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Dancing with the ghosts

35°42' 29" N 114°49' 29" W Nelson Ghost Town

Nov 16, 2014  –  by Maeva

About an hour away from Las Vegas hides a ghost town right by the “city” of Nelson. “City” because Nelson consists in like 10 houses and.. that’s it. When we were just 1 mile away from the ghost town, the gas warning went on. And we were literally in the middle of nowhere.. We reached the ghost town and hoped we would be able to make it back to civilization with what little we had left.

We got to the ghost town a little late in the afternoon as we had a few errands to run earlier. Being almost winter and the fact that the city is located in a hole surrounded by hills, it was quite dark. This obviously put Steph in a very good mood – ahem.

This town is supposed to be frozen in time in 1861 and basically consists in a really nice and well organized dump of cars and every single object from the past you could possibly find. There is mainly transportation but also cool tools, broken instruments, signs and other random findings that we couldn’t even figure out. This place was used to shoot a couple of films, music videos and photos in general. Well that would explain the crashed plane! This one was actually used in “3000 miles to Graceland”, a Kevin Costner movie. The interior of the main store, the only one actually in use, showcases thousands of objects, many random skulls and taxidermy – is there such a thing as rabbits with horns?

We took a walk around the coolest finds of the area, from trailers, to metal pieces, to outdoor patios with broken fridges to an old piano sitting among the cactuses. Another great location for a little fashion-like shoot!

Then it was time to drive back… We anxiously took the road with our almost empty gas tank – luckily most of the road back towards Las Vegas was downhill and we managed to get back to the city’s closest gas station with no breakdown. At least it was a good lesson for the rest of the trip: check your gas before taking the road in the desert!

Ghost town outdoor porch
Ghost town outdoor porch
Maeva playing piano for the ghosts
Maeva playing piano for the ghosts
Maeva in front of abandoned car in the ghost town
Maeva in front of abandoned car in the ghost town
House and tools in ghost town
House and tools in ghost town
Unknown transport tools
Unknown transport tools
Maeva in front of abandoned trailer
Maeva in front of abandoned trailer
Abandoned water well
Abandoned water well
We don't rent pigs
We don’t rent pigs