Ballarat, California: Ghost Town With Charles Manson Truck

1897 ghost town had 500 residents, fell apart in a few decades. 1960s Manson murder cult lived on nearby Barker ranch. 1942 Dodge power wagon was said to be driven by Manson and Tex Watson. Bonus: grave of prospector Seldom Seen Slim.
Ballarat Rd, Ballarat, CA
From Trona-Wildrose Rd turn east at the Ballarat turnoff onto Ballarat Rd (a well maintained gravel road). Drive 3.5 miles to Ballarat. You'll see the truck on the left at the main intersection in town.
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Ghost Town With Charles Manson Truck

Super friendly characters at the general store. It's not really a general store, but they do sell three dollar cans of soda and beer. And the storytelling is worth the three dollars. We are delighted that we stopped here.

[Kelli11, 04/03/2019]

Ghost town.

Ghost Town With Charles Manson Truck

The people at the General Store are nice. Bring cash. Drinks are $3. Serious off-roading for 4WD vehicles.

[BackroadsBuck, 04/28/2016]

Manson truck.

Ghost Town With Charlie's Truck

In its heyday, Ballarat had seven saloons, hotels, and more. But as the mines played out, the town was abandoned and all that remains are a few adobe walls, especially where the old post office used to be.

It is a self-described "free zone" with a general store/trading post - and an old truck that once belonged to Charlie Manson, from when his "family" lived in a ranch south of town.

[Mulvaney, 05/29/2015]

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