THIS JUST IN: In August 2017, Nipton was in the process of being purchased by American Green Inc., a maker of cannabis products, for $5 million USD with plans to turn the town into a cannabis tourism destination. The CEO of American Green Inc hopes to make this into the first “Pot Town, USA”.
Nipton is a small, relatively isolated, town in the Mojave National Preserve. The hotel looks more like a motel, though I have yet to see any travelers sitting on the porch and even fewer cars parked in the gravel parking lot.
If I were to ever stay the night, you’d find me settin’ on the porch of an evening after dinner, just enjoying the quiet, staring at the stars in the dark night sky. Or maybe I’d stay out back in one of their unique cabin tents. Complete with air conditioning.
And the local trading post has all the supplies one might need. Spam, mini hot dogs in a can, marshmallows, chips, ice, beer, wine. Though the only trading I’ve ever seen at the trading post is goods for cash, I’m almost positive something could be arranged as they seem a friendly lot.
And I think I’ve finally figured out who this lonely man stepping over the railroad tracks might be. Catch sight of the top of the long haul truck behind him in the lower left of the photo? He’s a trucker.
Or a possible specter; a visible disembodied spirit: a ghost, or something that haunts or perturbs the mind, a phantasm!.
All photos were taken in Nipton CA, part of the Mojave National Preserve , on February 28, 2015 and newly processed in 2017.
In Retrospect is an ongoing series of older photos from my archives, newly processed. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoy revisiting the memories.