Mining town stuck on the shoulder of the information superhighway
By Mike Anton
Here on the shoulder of the information superhighway, smartphones turn stupid, streaming videos shrink to a trickle and a simple download drags like a flat tire.
Darwin is a former mining town cloistered in the high desert mountains between Death Valley National Park and the China Lake naval weapons testing center. Finding it isn’t easy — a sign that marked the turnoff from California Highway 190 was stolen recently.
In Darwin, there is no food, gas or lodging — or any businesses, for that matter. There is one stop sign. People emerge from their mobile homes and reclaimed miner’s shacks shortly after 11:30 each morning and walk to the post office to greet the mail’s arrival.
A sign at the edge of town announces Darwin’s population as “50 or so.” It’s actually about three dozen, and they are outnumbered 3 to 1 by abandoned cars. There are retirees, artists, loners, eccentrics — independent souls who’ve accepted that the price of living in California’s tranquil outback is a 90-mile drive to the nearest shopping center.
March 12, 2012, 7:35 pm
Been there, done that. Satellite (Wild Blue, Hughes, et al) covers most of the U.S., so there is a solution if they're willing to pay for it.
June 5, 2012, 10:12 pm
yeah, well if you havent guessed this is a town full of hippies that dont want to pay for it.
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