Nevada Ghost Town
By Rebecca Drew
EERIE images of an American ghost town that was home to gold mines and features a plane which crashed during the filming of 3000 Miles to Graceland starring Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell reveal the remnants of the once thriving location.
An assortment of rusted vehicles which include a canary yellow bus, caravans and cars have all been left behind in the desert. Other pictures of Nelson, Nevada show its desolate surroundings with only a couple of houses and museums scattered around the area.
In one shot, a derelict petrol pump stands still after making its final sale years ago.
The stunning photographs were taken by an American photographer known as Abandoned Southeast on a visit to Nelson, Nevada. The images were taken using a Canon T3i Rebel with a Tamron 17-50mm lens.
“This is the ghost town of Nelson, Nevada,” he said. “While I was driving to Las Vegas I passed through this scenic town.
“There are a few people that still live here and the residents offer tours of a nearby abandoned mine and mainly run a general store.
“On occasion, the area is used to film movies or music videos.
“The aeroplane in the photos was crashed during the filming of 3000 Miles to Graceland and after the movie was filmed the plane was left on the side of the road, I guess as a sort of tourist landmark in the desert.”
The area was called Eldorado by the Spaniards who made the original discoveries of gold in the town.
The notorious Techatticup gold and silver mine which was associated with crime and murders ran in the area from 1861 to 1942. It was the richest mine in Southern Nevada.
“I’ve always been fascinated by forgotten and abandoned places so I wanted to capture the places I went to for others to see,” said Abandoned Southeast.
“I like the rust and decay made by nature and I just want to show people the beauty in rust and abandonment.”
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