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bachelorsgrove85
07-18-2006, 02:44 AM
I was wondering if anyone had any info on the Death Valley Ghost town Skidoo. Unfortunately when I tried to explore this site I was driving a camaro(I KNOW STUPID) and I had to give up about an hour up the dirt road for fear of my car permanently dying and being stranded in death valley at 3 in the morning. I am pondering renting a truck and going back and was wondering if it was worth it as I live in L.A. and death valley is a LONG drive. Any info would be very useful...thanks:D

bachelorsgrove85
07-24-2006, 09:11 PM
wow on a site like this has NOBODY been there.amazing:(

LauraA
07-25-2006, 05:00 AM
Try this, Skidoo is listed.



Ghost Towns and History of the American West (http://www.ghosttowns.com/)

bachelorsgrove85
07-26-2006, 02:05 AM
I've read all of the stories and such.I was only wondering if anyone had some first hand knowledge after being at the actual site.Apparently not,thanks anyways

Dennis
07-27-2006, 02:15 AM
Maybe this is of interest for you:

http://mojave.usgs.gov/time-series/

There are some photos of skidoo today and back in 1907.

You can see exactly where the buildings used to stand.;)
(stakes 1081,1083&1130)

Johnnie
07-27-2006, 06:45 AM
Maybe this is of interest for you:

http://mojave.usgs.gov/time-series/

There are some photos of skidoo today and back in 1907.

You can see exactly where the buildings used to stand.;)
(stakes 1081,1083&1130)

Thanks Dennis, for the great web site. And remember that old saying in the old mining days
23 skidoo.

Cecile, once gave us the origin of that mining town name, a couple years ago when I posted some information on a few other mining towns and how these western towns got their names.

Johnnie & Sheila

auroramike
11-26-2007, 11:36 AM
There is actually a better way in that is accessible with a car, just inside the California line to the left, we were there this spring and it was passable in our compact car. There is really nothing worth seeing, just some foundations, but largely unrewarding

David A. Wright
11-28-2007, 05:00 PM
I was wondering if anyone had any info on the Death Valley Ghost town Skidoo. ... I am pondering renting a truck and going back and was wondering if it was worth it ...
At first glance, you will see nothing at Skidoo. But ...

Take along a book with photos of Skidoo (may I suggest WESTERN PLACES: SKIDOO! ... :D ) or print out the historical photos at the link given, and then spend a few hours prowling the sagebrush and try to locate those buildings shown.

Try to locate Skidoo's cemetery (very difficult).

Drive to the top of the hill to the west of the townsite, or drive to the gate where the valley that Skidoo townsite sits in begins to channel into the canyon; in either case it's a short walk to the Skidoo Mines Company millsite ruins (stamp batteries, multiple levels of flywheels, remains of machinery).

Walk through the sagebrush and listen for the ghost of Joe Simpson:

http://www.gbr.4wdtrips.net/essays/essay_images/simpson1.JPG

See my webpage on his life, lynching and death at:

http://www.gbr.4wdtrips.net/essays/simpson.htm

For solitude, Skidoo is a great place to spend a few hours seeing her scant traces. It takes a sharp eye, but they can be found.