This ghost town actually still has 1 resident as well as sporadic campers. It's main claim to fame is that Charles Manson stayed there for awhile, carved his name in the woodwork inside one of the old buildings, and his truck is there with a few bullet holes in it.
Other than that there is a building that is sort of a general store where you can pick up cold drinks and perhaps one or two (really - one or two) other things. This is where you'll meet the one resident, many times sitting on the front porch. He is the quintessential desert rat sort of fellow. Looks a bit scary (as does his store), but strike up a conversation with him and he's really quite a nice guy and very eager to tell stories and just have a conversation.
Some folks on Trip Advisor have expressed some discomfort in his store and around him, but I didn't pick up on that. If I met him in a dark alley someplace I'd take pause but in this setting I didn't feel uncomfortable. His store is not much more than a decent size room with a chest type refrigerator that must have had over 200 cans of soda's and beer of all varieties in it for sale, but for the most part the store was pretty empty. there an old coffee can where you can put in a donation to help him maintain the ghost town. As he doesn't charge anything to wander around, I think it's reasonable to throw in a couple of bucks.
Other than this store and Manson's truck, there is an old mobile home where someone seems to live, a reasonably restored "house" (labeled Jail, morgue and Hotel) where Charles Manson stayed, an old fallen down building or two and various rusting artifacts all over the place. Interesting and definitely authentic. but not a lot to see.
If you're driving through between Death Valley (or Pannamint Springs) and Ridgecrest along RT-178, and you have an extra hour to two to kill it's worth the short side trip down a dirt road to the town.
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