Postapokaliptika today: the history of the city, which has become a ghost
• Postapokaliptika today: the history of the city, which became a ghost
About ghost towns make films, but they can be seen today in real life. The spectacle, I must say, creepy, but Postapokaliptika fans might like. Welcome to Eagle Mountain - city in which not so long ago was very lively.
Eagle Mountain is one of the best preserved ghost towns of America, mainly due to the fact that this is one of the newest abandoned settlements. The city was founded in 1948 near the National Park Joshua Tree in the County of Riverside, California.
He founded the city of Henry J. Kaiser, who is considered the father of modern American shipbuilding. And yet, despite the support of such a wealthy industrialist, the city was a very sad story. Drew Henry Kaiser is a place that next to it were very rich in iron deposits. Due to this, during the Second World War, when the country needed iron in very large quantities, the city's population has increased to more than 4,000 people.
In the city there were wide avenues, tennis courts, several schools, churches, a large hall for performances, park, shopping center, swimming pool and bowling alley. However, in the 1970s, resources were depleted, and environmental issues have slowed production of ore up to unprofitable levels. In 1981, after 35 years of iron production, Kaiser Corporation announced the full decommissioning operations in the city.
School in Eagle Mountain was closed in 1983 and then left in the town are very few people who have decided to continue to try to survive in the desert. A few years later, in the middle of the shopping center of the city was turned into a prison, who worked for a total of 5 years, after which, due to budgetary problems and rebellion among the prisoners was closed forever.
In order to keep at least some work in the city, it was even proposed to turn the old mine into a giant landfill, which would waste were brought from all over the county, but this idea was not supported. As a result, the last people left the city.
In 2007, the perimeter of both the city and the mines have been fenced off by barbed wire and closed to the public. The easiest way to see the Eagle Mountain is Google today.
Oddly enough, the only interest in the Eagle Mountain recently showed ... Hollywood. This site was used to capture individual scenes in different films. Universal Studios used the city to make a 3D film about a theme park film "Terminator 2 - Judgment Day". Also in the former town were filmed apocalyptic scenes for "The Island" (2005) and "The Battle of Los Angeles" (2011).
If someone wants to see the scenes of this Postapokaliptika, it is much easier to get in Desert Center, which is located 20 kilometers south of Eagle Mountain. This is one of their suburban mining settlements that were abandoned after the Kaiser solutions. Also worth visiting the nearby former training center Desert Warfare, which was used for training soldiers even General Patton and US Army.
The majority of the camp sites which are open to visitors today, has long been overgrown with grass. But it is easy to see the abandoned streets, sidewalks, foundations of buildings and monuments, as well as the fence with warning signs that warn of unexploded ordnance.