Welcome to Nowhere: U.S. Recession Wipes Empire, Nevada Off The Map

Photo: aturkus (CC).

Photo: aturkus (CC)

Jessica Bruder writes in the Christian Science Monitor:

This mining town of 300 people clings like a burr to the back of the Black Rock Desert. For years, it was marked on state Highway 447 by a two-story sign reading, “Welcome to Nowhere.”

On June 20, that tongue-in-cheek greeting will become a fact. Empire, Nev., will transform into a ghost town. An eight-foot chain-link fence crowned with barbed wire will seal off the 136-acre plot. Even the local ZIP Code, 89405, will be discontinued.

Many towns have been scarred by the recession, but Empire will be the first to completely disappear. For only a few days more it will remain the last intact example of an American icon: the company town.

Since 1948, the United States Gypsum Corporation (USG), which is the nation’s largest drywall manufacturer, has held title to all of Empire: four dusty streets lined with cottonwoods, elms, and silver poplars, dozens of low-slung houses, a community hall, a swimming pool, a cracked tennis court, and a nine-hole golf course called Burning Sands…

Read More: Christian Science Monitor

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CP7ED2OJWP2WRKAIRKKWFU6EQ Choice

    well if that gas station is still open, it’ll still be a town for a week every year… at the same time that Black Rock City exists for Burning Man.  That gas station is a BUSY place during that week.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CP7ED2OJWP2WRKAIRKKWFU6EQ Choice

    well if that gas station is still open, it’ll still be a town for a week every year… at the same time that Black Rock City exists for Burning Man.  That gas station is a BUSY place during that week.

  • Simiantongue

    “Many towns have been scarred by the recession, but Empire will be the
    first to completely disappear. For only a few days more it will remain
    the last intact example of an American icon: the company town.”

    It’s not that the icon of the company town is disappearing, that town of Empire NV is being lost in the wash as the entire planet becomes a company town.  Don’t worry Mr Anderson no matter where you move you”ll still be in a company town if that brings any comfort.

  • Simiantongue

    “Many towns have been scarred by the recession, but Empire will be the
    first to completely disappear. For only a few days more it will remain
    the last intact example of an American icon: the company town.”

    It’s not that the icon of the company town is disappearing, that town of Empire NV is being lost in the wash as the entire planet becomes a company town.  Don’t worry Mr Anderson no matter where you move you”ll still be in a company town if that brings any comfort.

  • Anarchy Wolf

    So when do the Graboids attack?

  • Anarchy Pony

    So when do the Graboids attack?

  • Anarchy Wolf

    So when do the Graboids attack?

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