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Abandoned Places – US Hwy 395 (Part 1)

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Dec. 11th, 2007 | 04:14 pm
location: Los Angeles County
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
music: Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple
posted by: jj_maccrimmon in abandonedplaces

Like I said in previous posts, I was extremely busy this summer exploring and photographing places new and old. Normally I don’t like going back to old sites as I prefer to keep the image of the place locked from the first visit. On this trip, my partner and I visited 4 locations on and close to US Highway 395 in the western Mojave Desert.


1. The Hawes Communications Bunker (Visit #4 because she wanted to see it);
2. The Atolia Tungsten Mines (4 miles square – 100+ mine openings);
3. Randsburg, CA (A Class C “living” ghost town – 300 houses, 78 residents);
4. XXXXX Minimum Security Federal Prison Camp (This required two visits)

These aren’t noted in our actual order of travel but it makes for a slight smoother narration. Without exception, all of these are dangerous and fairly sensitive sites. They also made for one of the most exciting abandoned site hunts I’ve ever gone on.

First Stop – Hawes AF Communications Site (“The Bunker”)



This was a essentially see if anything had changed and to get the creative juices flowing. Because my companion and I had been there before, the number of photos taken were very limited.






I love how the light filters into the depths of this ruin




We didn’t spend much time here, but I had to get a shot of the graffiti. The ‘mouth’ was once a ventilation duct opening to another chamber.

This is merely a tease. Tomorrow, the real photo set starts, with images from the Atolia Mining district.

Felicia P.S.
Anyone looking for Felicia related photos in my personal LJ or here, will notice the links have been cut. I’ve been continuing to reorganize my Photobucket account to better manage the thousands of images there. I will make a set of archival posts which will include slide shows and commentary from the various visits.

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babarambob

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from: babarambob
date: Dec. 12th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
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Fine shots!!! ;)

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from: landverhuizer
date: Dec. 12th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
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Great stuff! I really like this set... and the "mouth" is just too wild

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Ken Lowery

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from: ringwoodcomics
date: Dec. 12th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
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Those are fantastic.

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One shuriken to rule them all

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from: thatdamnninja
date: Dec. 12th, 2007 09:49 am (UTC)
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Oh my fuck, these are awesome.

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The Helendale Bunkers/ Hawes AFB abandoned Bunkers

from: mapu70
date: Feb. 29th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
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HI there-

I am currently studying the haunted history and the negative energies that are very apparent here in the end of the desert I currently call home. These pictures you have posted here show a place which is currently being contracted to destroy these bunkers. I believe it was late in Dec. of 2007 that my young neighbor, Bodhi, and her betrothed, Christopher Cody, were brutally murdered at this site. You can go to the highdesert.com website and search the archives in the victor valley daily press for their names.

However, you are a magnificent photographer and you have captured the very ethereal, even mournful spirit of the bunker quite well.

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JJ_MacCrimmon

Re: The Helendale Bunkers/ Hawes AFB abandoned Bunkers

from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Feb. 29th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
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I was one of the folks who was actively blogging in my personal journal, socal_abandoned and here about the tradegy that occured out at the bunker. I was more than horrified when I heard that had happened. Because I'm apparently a recognized expert on abandoned sites in the Antelope Valley and Western Mojave, several publications including the Press-Enterprise had also contacted me about the incident.

Given the deaths that have occured there (they were not the first in it's long history), my kids and I have always been extremely cautious about the place. Given what's happened there, I can only imagine that feeling has deepened and darkened exponentially. Thank you for the compliments on the photography.

Edited at 2008-02-29 09:37 pm (UTC)

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Re: The Helendale Bunkers/ Hawes AFB abandoned Bunkers

from: mapu70
date: Feb. 29th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
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You are quite welcome, Sir. Do you photograph people too?

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JJ_MacCrimmon

Re: The Helendale Bunkers/ Hawes AFB abandoned Bunkers

from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Mar. 1st, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
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I do indeed, weddings, models and promotional photos. Most of my photo work is in my LJ, but specific highlights are at my website and myspace gallery.

www.jjmaccrimmon.com
(badly needing an update) and

http://www.myspace.com/jjmaccrimmonphoto

I'm actually about to put another set of wedding photos on my Live Journal and MySpace. They were taken at a wedding in Apple Valley.

Drop me an e-mail with what you are interested in doing. jjmaccrimmon-at-gmail-dot-com

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Re: The Helendale Bunkers/ Hawes AFB abandoned Bunkers

from: mapu70
date: Mar. 1st, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
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I am in the process of moving back down the hill, closer to Los Angeles. I used to teach hula here but in Silver Lakes the stability of the people living in the community is shaky - due to peoples' lives being uprooted by job or military transfer. Most of my haumana have moved away, but I am in the process of rebuilding in the cities of Upland, Pomona and Rancho Cucamonga, with the third one being a big maybe. What I would like to do is find a photog with experience taking pictures of people in action. I was supposed to have a guy from Hollywood do them, but he flaked out because the drive was too far for him.

I will go and see your website. I would love to have my own pictures of me dancing hula, of my sister and my cousin, and my daughter, all dancing hula, and some shots at the places where I will teach.

Thanks for replying

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