|Thompson Springs Main Street|
George was sick. I was bored. I wandered around the little town of Thompson Springs, which is about as close to a modern day ghost town as you're going to get. Originally a railroad town, when they found coal nearby, it became a mining town too. Amtrak stopped passenger service in 1997, but trains still go through on a regular basis. Apparently they still mine nearby--the coal sign was on someone's fence.
There are fewer than 40 people who still live there; the business part of town has been defunct for years.
|House and Well|
|Inside the House|
|Interior of Abandoned Building|
|Cafe and Bar|
This brick building used to be the train depot. After trains stopped stopping, it was converted to a restaurant...or maybe the depot was also a cafe all along. It too is closed now, but was used as a set during the filming of "Thelma and Louise"--probably before the holes in the ceiling. Haven't a clue about the lawnmower.
|Railroad Station, Later a Cafe|
The motel is closed, but the hotel seems to be open--and for sale, just in case you're interested.
|Desert Moon Hotel|
|Another Abandoned House|
|Left in the Field|
|Modified Historic Building|
There's a sign on this building that says "Thompson's One Room School, EST 1907". Obviously it's been added onto at some point, cause that doesn't look like any one room school I've ever seen.. Looks like it might still be used for something, but there's no clue anywhere on the building about what that might be. (Disclaimer: No children were injured during the taking of this photograph. Probably haven't been any around here in a long time.)
|Butte Outside Town|