Squatting Ghost Towns Out West

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Hey comrades,

I've avidly developed a huge interest (both historical and personal) in ghost towns of the 19th to early 20th century and am musing on the idea of squatting one, or at least exploring more of them out west than the handful of tourist attractions I've seen and the one so abandoned that that all the structures were just rotting debris. The quarry at that one was still in good shape and my crew and I ended up squatting it and the adjacent abandoned gold claim for a number of months. I know, as I've said, many of the western ghost towns are popular tourist attractions and/or state parks but there are many that aren't with structures still-standing. Anyone else have any experience or interest in this as well? I'm from Oregon and we have around 250 recognized ghost towns, so it isn't to hard to explore but I'm looking into the more-or-less unvisited and off-the-beaten-track ones.

And as always, safe travels & happy camping...
 

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Home base is portland right now and Id be super down for this
 

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There was a similar thread about this a while ago and aside from unwanted visitors such as tourists the main problem I see is the lack of near by food/water. You'd almost have to have a vehicle to make supply runs which would be kinda suspicious to anyone who happen to be checking in on the place. In theory it sounds doable but not exactly practical imo.
 
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I have to agree with slanky on this I tried it with my friend and his wife. In a small spot just out side of Tucson. It was a old cattle ranch it had a well attached to a water tank for the cows. However the pumping machinery was broken and it would have taken trucks $$$$ to fix. Water is life.
 
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Yeah it really is a matter of logistics. Although as I said, there are plenty of ghost towns in OR that are unvisited, near water due to the fact that they were mining towns, and not too decrepit. If it worked out and turned out I'd need a vehicle I much rather go in for a horse than a car tbh.
 
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Home base is portland right now and Id be super down for this
Hell yeah, well I'll be in PDX in a week to recruit some comrades to go on an exploratory adventure around OR if you're around. Trying to put a small rewilding/rural squatter crew together.
 

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