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Doors Within Doors

fenchurche in photo_scavenger

History

I had waaaay too many things to choose from for this one, but narrowed it down quickly by deciding to go with something in the US (even though that means it'll be much more recent history), finally hitting on this photo that I took last February while down visiting my mom in Nevada... although the location in question is in California, on the way to Death Valley.

This is part of Dublin Gulch, which is actually near Shoshone, CA and not too far from Death Valley. Back around the turn of the last century, miners arrived in the area and carved homes for themselves out of the small cliffs they found. The doors there currently were added more recently by the state in an effort to keep people out... the original ones would likely have either been cloth or wood. The homes were generally one room and were heated by fireplaces (you can still see the pipes that served as chimneys sticking out the top of the cliff).

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That's so interesting! I love unusual places like that.
That is fascinating!
What a fun place to visit!

- Erulisse (one L)
Oh isn't that fascinating!
Amazing! I've only ever visited a couple of cave dwellings, but from what I've seen they look so logical in context. So do these, quite snug in the landscape.
They likely would have been fairly cool in the summer and reasonably warm in the winter... especially considering the era and the location. I can see why they settled in there rather than trying to build houses out in the desert!
Ooh, this is awesome!
That is so cool! Are you able to see inside them?

I have always had a fascination with the idea of living in a (nicely-appointed) cave.

One day I would love to visit Cooper Pedy here in Australia which is an opal mining town where a lot of the residents live in underground houses/caves.