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"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites,
and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Junk in the Desert…

I do a lot of hiking and exploring in the desert and canyon areas in and around Las Vegas.  The Las Vegas area is unique in that it very easy go from urban and suburban sprawl to complete desert isolation.  I like to hike and explore the desert in the area and take photos.   The desert however, is an easy dumping ground for a variety of objects and materials. 

Here are a few photos of junk I have stumbled across in my explorations.  Here’s a couple of cars I stumbled across while exploring.  The gutted car on the left is just sitting out in the desert about a mile from a housing development in north east Las Vegas.  The car on the right – sitting on jack stands is located about half mile from the million dollar plus homes of Lake Las Vegas.  I am not sure what the story was with this vehicle – perhaps it was a stripping in progress?

The steel girder on the left was just dumped out in the desert a few miles from my house.  I see a lot of this – construction site dumping or waste dumping.  I guess it’s just easier and cheaper to just dump your junk or waste in the desert.  The object on the right is a refrigerator or freezer – riddled with bullet holes and shotgun pellet blasts.  People bring stuff like this out in the middle of nowhere and then use it for target practice.  The problem is that they leave the stuff out in the desert.

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Yes, that’s a small boat.  It’s been sitting there about a mile or south of the M Resort and Casino for quite some time.  Strange.  The earthmover on the right is abandoned (right by Lake Las Vegas) – it has a flat tire and is partially buried.  There’s a bunch of abandoned construction projects all over Las Vegas with machinery like this and building materials just left behind.

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On the left is a metal sign used for target practice.  Since many of the housing construction sites are now abandoned around Las Vegas, people go into these areas and vandalize/destroy property.  Some of these areas look like outdoor shooting ranges.  On the right is a close up of an old lock with some rusting nails. 

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FYI -- All photos in this blog were taken by and are property of Jimmy Hoofa.

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