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Cherry Creek, Nevada

Posted by graywacke on June 10, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much an every-third-day blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2021; A Landing A Day blog post number 439.

Dan –  Well, 150’ll have to wait, as I moved a little more than 300 miles due east of my previous Walkermine CA landing, to land in this OSer . . . NV; 79/73; 7/10; 6; 150.8.  Here’s my regional landing map:

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My closer-in landing map shows my proximity to the settlement of Cherry Creek, located about miles 5 miles NW of my landing:

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Remarkably, not only have I remained at the same latitude as my Walkermine landing (39.94 N for Walkermine; 39.84 N for Cherry Creek), I have also moved from one abandoned mining company town to another.  Before discussing the particulars, let me move on to Google Earth (GE):

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Backing well out, here’s an oblique GE shot looking west:

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The drainage from my landing flows towards the bottom of the above shot, where Duck Creek is located.  Remarkably, this is my fourth landing in the Duck Creek watershed.  Duck Creek flows into the internally-drained Goshute Lake (5th time my landing drainage has ended up here).

 The town of Cherry Creek would be just out of the range of the above photo (to the right), although one of the mines served by the town was the Egan Canyon mine, which was located near the gap in the ridge.

 Here’s a GE StreetView shot from near Cherry Creek, looking south towards my landing (about 5 miles away):

 cc streetview looking s towards landing

 Here are excerpts from GhostTowns.com (starting with the boom years):

At its peak in 1882, Cherry Creek had a transient population of 6,000 and about 1800 permanent residents. The town had an amazing 28 saloons. One mine had shipped more than $1 million in bullion. Then the financial crash of 1883 stopped Cherry Creek in its tracks. Mines began to close and Cherry Creek began a rapid decline. A fire in 1888 destroyed a section of the business district. By 1890, the population had dwindled to 350. Another fire occurred 1901 and yet another in 1904. In 1905 Cherry Creek experienced a revival that caused the reopening of a number of mines. This continued through the 1920s, the 1930s, and into the 1940s . . .

Only 28 saloons?  Anyway, this from Wiki, this about the more recent past:

 Since the 1940’s, the community has slowly declined in size, although mine leaseholders have always been active in the district, and occasional mining activity has taken place. Many historic structures, including a museum, an early one-room schoolhouse, and the Cherry Creek Barrel Saloon, still stand among more modern buildings.

From RockyMountainProfiles.com, here’s a shot of one of the many ghost town ruins:


Rather than me simply showing more pictures, I must insist that you check out Silver State Ghost Towns.com, which has a little history, but then a great slideshow of Cherry Creek (with really high-quality photos).  Click HERE to see it.

Only about 3 miles from my landing is Egan Canyon (mentioned earlier).  Here’s a Panoramio shot (by Ralph Maughan)  up in the mountains near Egan Canyon:

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 I’m going to close with a couple of opposing shots.  First this, from GE Panoramio, by JBrunson, which is a shot from the mountains looking past Cherry Creek (or what remains of Cherry Creek), across Steptoe valley (my landing would be out of the shot to the right):

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 Reversing the view, I’m going to close with this shot from RockyMountainProfiles.com, looking back across the Steptoe Valley towards Cherry Creek:



That’ll do it.



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