### WHERE IS TECHATTICUP GHOST TOWN?

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### WHAT IS TECHATTICUP?

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The Techatticup Mine was the largest and most productive gold mine of the area. It’s no longer inhabited, so now it’s pretty much a tourist attraction in Nelson, Nevada. It’s also referred to as Nelson Ghost Town by some websites.

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### UNMISSABLE LANDMARKS:

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– The nearby Las Vegas, which needs no introductions!

– The main storehouse, which serves more than storing items!

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### NEAREST AIRPORTS:

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LAS – McCarran International Airport

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### WHAT TO DO IN TECHATTICUP:

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You would most likely have to drive there, as there’s no public transportation serving that area. You can also visit it with an organised tour. The town is very small and you can walk around it very quickly. But there are so many small things to see that make for great photography opportunities and you may end up spending hours going from spot to spot. That’s what happened to me at least! I got very snap happy! 😀

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Be prepared however that this is not another abandoned town! One of the reasons I love ghost towns is all the stories you can make up for the people that inhabited them. Just by observing small objects left behind or walking around the rooms and the streets that once were alive is good enough to give you the impression of the way life was. And it’s very difficult to find a genuine abandoned town, the buildings of which are in a decent/non hazardous state and the personal items of the inhabitants haven’t been damaged, lost or even rioted.

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In Nevada’s Techatticup Mine ghost town things are a bit different. The buildings and vehicles around town are still decent and sometimes as damaged as they should be. Even though you get to see a town that once was alive, nowadays it feels more like the set of a movie or of a photoshoot. Unsurprisingly, there were 3 photoshoots taking place at the time I was there. Everything has been placed in spots that could make photographers and visitors happy!

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As you can probably tell, there’s no way that this piano was left behind like this, in this beautiful scenery!

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What a convenient plane crash right next to the town!

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An area with abandoned vehicles a little bit further down! All placed beautifully and neatly next to each other!

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Inside the main storehouse I mentioned in the beginning!

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The public toilet!

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Maybe you’re already familiar with Techatticup if you’ve watched movies like Breakdown (with Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan) or, more recently, 3000 Miles to Graceland (again with Kurt Russell, as well as Kevin Costner, Courtney Cox, Christian Slater and David Arquette!).

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This is me daydreaming I’m part of a black and white movie!

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What I found annoying however was that sponsors like Coca Cola, Texaco, Chevron etc had strategically placed vintage looking ads of their products all around the place!

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Can you spot the “vintage” Coca Cola ad in this one?

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Overall I thought it was quite a cool place to visit! Let yourself free, reveal your inner model/photographer/Indiana Jones on a budget and have fun making the most of a movie set accessible to everyone!

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The stable! And the wannabe model/budget Indiana Jones!

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Near the centre of the town

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Inside one of the miners’ houses!

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### IF YOU HAVE MORE TIME:

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– Try to explore more of the El Dorado Canyon and you may discover some more genuine abandoned places!
– Lake Mead, America’s largest man made lake, is only a 10-15 minutes drive away. To me it looked a bit like lunar landscape! If you pretend there’s no water there at least! I know! Very easy when you visit a lake!

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Also, when you’re there, do take notice of how the lake’s water level has declined in the latest years, by observing the colour difference of the hills that surround it.

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### MAP

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To make it easier for you to locate the place on the map and navigate it more easily, there it is on Google Maps:

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### HASHTAGS:

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#GhostTown

#NotReally

#ItsCloserThanHollywood

#ISwearTheyWereShootingForAStripClub!

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