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Coyote Springs: Imagining the Next Great Ghost Town
'Sim City', NV, 1.27.2007 (44 photos)

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A visit to the site of a proposed housing development in the remote desert about 50 miles north of Las Vegas.

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These are the only human-habitable buildings in the valley. They are intended as a welcome center. This complex consists of about 4 double-wide prefab buildings. The wet pavement is a nice visual touch. Two gentlemen in an SUV greeted me here and gave me a brochure on the development. They confirmed that no houses were under construction. They said that the golf course was scheduled for completion in April and that it would be followed by homes around the golf course. —GC (1/29)
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There was an extensive stockpile of cacti and other desert plants near the greenhouse. This area gets colder than Las Vegas in the winter, with more "hard" freezes, so palm trees probably won't survive here. —GC (1/29)
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More stockpiled plants, off into the distance. —GC (1/29)
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Looking west along Highway 168. —GC (1/29)

Mountains in distance are Desert National Wildlife Refuge, 1.5 million acres, largest federal wildlife refuge outside of Alaska. Over twice as large as Rhode Island and has no live water outside of a few small flow springs. The economic failure of this abomination is a wonderful thing. —U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service employee (10/17)

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This SUV contained two representatives of the company. They were polite, but they also shadowed me discreetly as I took photos. —GC (1/29)
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Here are the company men watching me from a ridge. (For me, it brings back warm memories of Area 51.) —GC (1/29)
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Coyote Springs has two assets: land and water. —GC (1/29)
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Water appears to come from this well site just inside the Clark County line. —GC (1/29)
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The Coyote Springs property straddles the Lincoln/Clark county line, but all current development is in Clark County. —GC (1/29)
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All of the photos that follow are outside of the Coyote Springs development. —GC (1/29)
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An ambulance transfer along the highway. Whenever there is a serious medical emergency in Lincoln County, the local ambulance heads south and the Flight-for-Life helicopter heads north, and they meet along the highway in-between. Come to think of it, how is Coyote Springs going handle such emergencies? How are residents going to feel about living 45 minutes from the nearest hospital? In Lincoln County, the ambulances are staffed by all-volunteer crews. How is Coyote Springs going to staff its initial ambulance corps? (Think of all the other basic services that a community needs: medical, school, water, sewer, groceries. In small rural towns, these services evolve organically over time. In Coyote Springs, all these services have to be created at once, or no one is going to want to buy homes there.) —GC (1/29)
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The trucks on the right tell you what Lincoln County is good for. —GC (1/29)
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A shrine to a family killed along the highway when their van veered off the road late at night. —GC (1/29)
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An historic archeaological site about 10 miles north of the Lincoln County line (still in the Coyote Springs Valley). It is an old brothel, abandonned in the 1970s when Lincoln County outlawed prostitution. —GC (1/29)
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