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Dec. 31st, 2010 | 01:31 am
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posted by: bullandterrier in abandonedplaces

A couple days ago one of my best friends (inneedofescape) and I decided to hit up Trona.

80% of Trona is abandoned. The town smells like sulfur and there are constant booming and clanging sounds from the 3 factories. Grass does not grow in Trona...the high school football field is dirt. The locals are drunks and tweakers and will circle a newer model car like vultures circling a dying animal. In summer, temperatures soar to over 120 degrees. It is truly the first layer of Hell.

We thought that one up while driving back from Ridgecrest, which is 20 miles southwest of Trona and the closest source of any amenities (read: Starbucks and Walmart) for the Trona populace. Clever girls we are!












Abandoned RV




My adorable mutt Hunter taking a peek


In Trona, one will find that most of the abandoned houses are sort of like the Rapture hit.. people left behind appliances, furniture, cars, RVs..






I thought this shower was just awesome




In this particular house, they had apparently been in the middle of baking a snack when they decided to up and leave.


They left a sink full of dishes, a cupboard full of spices..


They didn't even take their shoes.


They also left behind alot of medication.. of the medications I found were asthma treatments and diuretics.












Inside the RV


Hunter thought it was pretty homey












One of several more abandoned cars








Last registered in 03










Oh reeeally?


Nope, just an oven








A piano




















Hunter admiring some shag carpeting


This pink house was next to a lime green house







At this point, the sun was going down, and Trona after dark sounded like a bad horror movie premise.. so we headed out. Very cool, very bizarre place to visit though.. just keep an eye on your car (seriously) and don't go alone.

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from: sushiho
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
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That's a weird place, the house with the abandoned chips & oven mitt particularly! Why the abandonment, there must be a reason why people abandoned their houses in a hurry or in a non-systematic/organised way? Was there danger (e.g. gases) from the factories or something? Would love to know the story behind it.

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squid_ink

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from: squid_ink
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
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apparently it's just part of the economic landscape

http://tronaca.com

it looks like there were squatters camped out there, that food in the oven would not last too long with critters about (I thought they were giant maggots at first =:O)

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this bitch

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from: bullandterrier
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
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Oh wow. Thank you for that website :D

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this is nothing like the brochure

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from: rimwalker
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
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Man. Somehow, the whole "up and left" vibe is terrifying. French fries! Still in the oven! HORROR. I'm serious! It gives me the creeps. I wonder what the story is? I would have dug out before dark too.

The "whore inside" bit made me laugh though, I confess. (I would have spray painted, "Don't Open Dead Inside" on a closed door for fun.)

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Grygon

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from: grygon
date: Jan. 1st, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
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or just a large red x like they do during huge natural disasters- they spray paint the doors with Os and Xs to mean empty or dead people inside when cleaning up. :(

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this is nothing like the brochure

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from: rimwalker
date: Jan. 1st, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
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Grygon

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from: grygon
date: Jan. 1st, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
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OIC

game? movie? not a huge zombie KIT here...

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this is nothing like the brochure

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from: rimwalker
date: Jan. 1st, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
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Hee-hee, "Walking Dead" comic and TV show share this scene.

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Ponee

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from: featherfire
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 10:33 am (UTC)
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They left so suddenly that they left their fries in the oven. That's so creepy, I love this town!

Apparently their high school has 162 students (says wiki). That's not even half my graduating class. XD

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Laura

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from: tikibirds
date: Jan. 1st, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
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that's double my HS graduating class...

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Grygon

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from: grygon
date: Jan. 1st, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
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of those 162 i wonder how many go enough to learn anything? how many faculty there?

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Holly

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from: jade_lightning
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
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There's so much about this that disturbs me and it takes a lot more to do that then the normal abandoned photos *shudder* I'd pay money to never go here.

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giddyromance

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from: giddyromance
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 11:03 am (UTC)
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For some reason this is completely creeping me out, even though the photos have been taken in broad daylight.

What's the story behind the abandonment? I just did a really quick google search but couldn't see anything.

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this bitch

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from: bullandterrier
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
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tronaca.com explains some of it. I really had/have no idea what Trona's story is.. squid_ink found that and it definitely sheds some light.

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lab_jazz

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from: lab_jazz
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 11:21 am (UTC)
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I think you're really brave to even wander around that place...I was uneasy just looking at the pictures :(

Great images...glad you made it out okay to post them.

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from: bullandterrier
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Haha..thank you! It was definitely scary. Next time I visit I'll have my husband in tow.. the more my friend and I explored the more it felt like a bad horror movie waiting to happen.. two girls wandering a ghost town in the Mojave desert..lol

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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
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Kudos for even GOING there! With the vibe I'm getting from these pictures I would hesitate unless I was part of a SWAT unit. Everything has the feeling of a horror novel where the protagonist finds out what happened too late and has to repeatedly risk his/her life to get away from the town...

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hydref

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from: hydref
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
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I'm always amazed by the things people leave behind in abandoned houses, but the one with the chips in the oven and all the food left in the cupboards is certainly the weirdest. I'd love to know the story behind it, what caused them to leave in such a hurry and never return.

Oh and Hunter is a gorgeous dog, but you already know that :D

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this bitch

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from: bullandterrier
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
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Thank you :D he's a great exploring buddy too!

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miserablejoy

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from: miserablejoy
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
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that really gives me the creeps..and urgh..I absolutely love it

I don't live far so maybe I can visit one day just for the heck of it ´ε´

and I'm still left hanging about the abrupt abandonment of material goods and whatnot..it's just unsettling

you guys really have guts haha

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this bitch

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from: bullandterrier
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
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Go for it.. but take protection :)

I live about an hour from Trona.. in Cal City.

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kpsp95

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from: kpsp95
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
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Creepy place, has a feel of a post apocalyptic movie.

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deepseasiren

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from: deepseasiren
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
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That's a great description...these pictures are haunting. Seeing abandoned toys makes me sad. At first I thought this city was somewhere in Australia for some reason but then I saw the California liscense plate. It's creepier to think of people just up and leaving all that stuff behind.

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giddyromance

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from: giddyromance
date: Jan. 1st, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
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Do we have a reputation of having creepy abandoned towns in Australia? haha!

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from: idragosani
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
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What state is this in? California?

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Linda

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from: lindapendant
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
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There is an abandoned truck with California plates on it so I'd guess it lived and died there.

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Neeters

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from: kenderkin
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
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Yep. It's about 2-1/2 hours from Los Angeles....give or take traffic. :)

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this bitch

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from: bullandterrier
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
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Yup

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dawn

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from: insanity_jane
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
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wow- lots of evidence of free-renters as well! (other people call them squatters, I tend to only use that phrase when they are destructive)

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Linda

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from: lindapendant
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
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It enrages me that man has managed to annihilate what looks like what could have been a pretty nice place to live at one time, even with the intense heat. It's not for everyone but some people like it or at least don't mind it.

You really need to post sad panda bear over at forgotten_toys.

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this bitch

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from: bullandterrier
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
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I live in Cal City; I love desert towns and I think Trona would be an awesome place to live if it wasn't so.. dangerous. It's in a really beautiful area.

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Neeters

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from: kenderkin
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Great pics! :)
I've got friends who don't live too far...some in Ridgecrest. Might have to have a little adventure over there. :)

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this bitch

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from: bullandterrier
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
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Go for it! It's only a 15 minute drive from Ridgecrest to Trona.

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Leigh710

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from: leigh710
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for posting! Fascinating stuff.

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only a one-s goddes

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from: rockgoddes
date: Dec. 31st, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
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I have to agree with others...these are excellent but absolutely creepy photos.

Thanks for sharing!

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Laura

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from: tikibirds
date: Jan. 1st, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
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What a creepy place...

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Grygon

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from: grygon
date: Jan. 1st, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
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omg that town is awesome!

and lol @ the rocks holding the garage closed. as if.

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kaylese

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from: cheeseandjoe
date: Jan. 1st, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Definitely creepy. I ran across another post on a different abandoned places site exploring a small town near me. All the houses were filled with everything still--furniture, food, personal items--everything. It was so creepy because it wasn't due to any natural disaster. It is now all bulldozed :(

On other note--I love the photo with the "welcome" carved on the step with the dog feet. It has beautiful composition & the photo can stand alone outside of this context.

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sydwaiz

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from: sydwaiz
date: Jan. 2nd, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
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Cool pics once again! Funny, I wasn't far from there yesterday. I was driving around Lockhart again. I've never actually made it all the way into Trona yet though. I might have to go rescue that Corvair Corsa though! Nice find. I love the abandonded California desert.

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JJ_MacCrimmon

Nice photos - spooky town

from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Jan. 3rd, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
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Looks like you've got lots of opportunities in your new/old area. It always amazes me how Trona even survives. As you mentioned, it's more than a bit sketchy in terms of locals. How many places did you have to turn back from that appeared questionable? Tweekers and crazies and more.

Be careful. That may come as a surprise to you coming from me, but it really shouldn't.

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this bitch

Re: Nice photos - spooky town

from: bullandterrier
date: Jan. 3rd, 2011 08:24 am (UTC)
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We stumbled across alot of houses that were pretty ambiguous.. looked abandoned but had cars in front (that weren't rusted or with registration stickers from 03) and dogs in the yard and whatnot.

The locals could tell we were tourists. Staring at us from their houses and yards and one was bold enough to start circling my car, peering inside.. then scurried off when I hit my alarm. Good times!

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themushroomtree

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from: themushroomtree
date: Jan. 6th, 2011 06:43 am (UTC)
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Nice, I like the red door and the shot through the window with the little abandoned house beyond the hill of dirt.

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Amanda Nicole

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from: dixiechick61688
date: Jan. 9th, 2011 07:17 am (UTC)
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So neat, thanks for posting!
I really love that shower. I want it haha.

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