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February 22, 2005

Return to Little Lake

Before I left on vacation I mentioned the town of Little Lake. On our drive back yesterday we got a chance to get off the highway and drive through the “town”, as it were. What did we find? A lot of sagebrush, maybe a few ghosts hiding in the shadows, and not much else.


The main street through town. This stretch of road used to be Hwy 395 until they built a new four-lane divided highway a few hundred feet to the east.


The plot of land where the hotel sat. Whoever demolished it did a really thorough job—there’s no trace of it left.


The only building left in town, a little shack way off the road. Looks like they still have telephone service!

Everything that was in Little Lake is now gone. There’s a mailbox at one end of town, and the green shack at the other, but that’s it. Just a turn-off from the highway, and a short run of crumbling pavement. The funniest part is that all the highway signs still mention Little Lake. As you approach from either direction, the road signs count down how many miles you have left until you get there. And then when you get there…nothing. In some ways it’s pretty amusing, that they don’t care enough to update the signs. But at the same time it’s sad, and for the same reason.