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07-23-2006, 07:18 PM
Thanks to your votes in All Around the Province, Spent a night in Grand Forks with the plan of Snaking back through Greenwood and visiting the Ghost Mining Towns of Pheonix and Paris along the way.

9AM in Grand Forks Very hot already time for a swim


Grandforks in Distance, making way up to Pheonix


At one time Pheonix had 4000 Residents and an NHL Hockey Team. Today all thats left is the memorial to the People who died in WWI from the town, and the cemetary


this thing also survived, whatever it is


this used to be a town




Wound our way down to Greenwood



Went up the hill to the big smoke stack thing



Set off in hopes of finding the so called "Lost City of Paris" Small town that vanished into the trees since deserted when the mine closed up back in the 20's.
2 bears, 1 stubborn cow, and many drinking waters later we found a cabin

hood from an old truck?
oh, theres the truck. After debating that i could get this beast running if given an hour or so I decided not to since the radio was missing and it wasnt a toyota so whats the point :confused: [k]

Quite by accident on a hillside just above this house i ran into this grave. Probably the owner of the truck & cabin.


The next 2 hours or so was a blur as we scoured the hillside for the City of Paris, only realizing halfway back to Grand Forks that i was supposed to take a left way back at the Y according to my chicken scratch notes i cobbled together and didnt read.[16] It did result in the finding of a dilapitated cabin, and a random shot of my truck. My truck is sexy. so its worth it.


Finally the City of Paris. I reminded my gf that i always said i would take her on a romantic trip to Paris in the Summer.
She hit me.
It didnt hurt tho.

These pictures do not show the "town" too well. there are about 8-12 Cabins in good shape and a Church I do believe thats not too in good shape, and quite a few other decaying ruins. All were in close proximity. like an eerie abandoned camp















The area is rich in history, but not so rich in relics without spending significant time poking around. Don't go in 40 Degree Weather.

After reading that post about the Tillicum mine, I think i know where im goin next[36]

07-23-2006, 07:22 PM
Looks like a awesome trip, great pics!!

07-23-2006, 07:23 PM
Awesome !

Good to see you have the Paris thing gone from your honeydoo list !

Looks like it was a hot one out there as well !

07-23-2006, 07:26 PM
nice pics, always a joy looking threw your adventures

07-23-2006, 07:27 PM
[36] Great story, sounds like a wicked weekend[36]

07-23-2006, 07:29 PM
awesome pics jonny p.s happy b-day

07-23-2006, 08:36 PM
I was through that area in mid June, pheniox was cool, I didnt really want to explor the backroads to much tho, only had the gf and baby with me and the truck was acting up, I got some pics also and will post em up later.

07-23-2006, 08:36 PM
that is AWSOME! I love trips like that finding old stuff to explore makes the event so much more memorable [36] [36] [36]

07-23-2006, 08:42 PM
nice pics,looks like a great place to take some holidays and look around.

07-23-2006, 09:01 PM
Nice job on finding the old townsites! Always wanted to head over that way, just need more time in the schedule!

Did the info from Greg's site help much? He has a good write up on that area. One mine he found looked like one to check out, an angled shaft that had steel ladders chained together! :eek:

07-23-2006, 09:06 PM
wow good job man... its been a long time since been through that way
great pictures of the "lost city of paris"[36] [36] [cheers]

07-23-2006, 09:07 PM
Wow! U always have such interesting adventures! Its awesome that you actually know what you're looking at....its not just random abandoned shit!
Great pics!

07-23-2006, 09:16 PM
Great pics! Makes me a bit embarassed that I live only a few hours away and had no idea about most of that stuff:o

Have to take my dad to check out that stuff, he loves exploring old towns and stuff

07-23-2006, 09:17 PM
Looks Like a great time, I'd like to to some exploring, but A/c would be needed in this weather

07-23-2006, 09:53 PM
Very cool pics & exploring story. It's so cool to find bits of the past like that. More and more they're overgrown & forgotten about.

07-23-2006, 10:09 PM
i got to check that place out

07-23-2006, 10:42 PM
thx for replys, A/C is definetly needed, as is parking the kids and wife at a campground unless they really like explorin'.

kootenaykat, I saw that tube from that greg fellows site, as well as a few adits in the paris area and throughout the day. Seems someone has gone through alot of trouble to chain them off at some point in time.
None of the shafts i checked out in person had cold air coming out of them which i found strange, because they usually do around here:confused:

I think the stuff you find is probably more interesting.[36]

07-23-2006, 10:57 PM
Did the info from Greg's site help much? He has a good write up on that area. One mine he found looked like one to check out, an angled shaft that had steel ladders chained together! :eek:

Can you share Greg's site addy?

07-23-2006, 11:01 PM

Go to "trips", then down to 2001 and Summer Mine Exploration Trip. Good reading!

07-23-2006, 11:01 PM
looks like you had a great time on your trip. always fun to find bits of the past/history.

07-23-2006, 11:14 PM

Go to "trips", then down to 2001 and Summer Mine Exploration Trip. Good reading!

Thanks! [cheers] There's a lot of good stuff there! http://www3.telus.net/trishl/Trish/thumbsup.gif

07-23-2006, 11:41 PM
awesome pics man

07-24-2006, 03:26 AM
ahhhhhhh paris! looks a little run down!
thanks 4 the pics[36] [36] [36]

07-24-2006, 09:34 AM
In picture 10 when your truck is down town green wood,,, if you looked across the street there is a sick ol Unimog just sittin in some dudes yard with blown beads.. One day!!!

07-24-2006, 10:14 AM
very nice pics......those old timer cabins are great.

07-24-2006, 10:22 AM
cool looking pics of all that old stuff

07-24-2006, 11:54 AM
looks gooder...we will have to get a convoy goin and do some explorin!

07-24-2006, 12:52 PM
In picture 10 when your truck is down town green wood,,, if you looked across the street there is a sick ol Unimog just sittin in some dudes yard with blown beads.. One day!!!

Saw the mog, mighty nice rig. Flat deck mog = [36] just caught my eye as i was leaving, would be sweet if you got it, probably has a big history of working in the area,

I also found a first gen bronco yellow with white roof in a field in southern gran forks surrounded by big 4 door 70s tug boat cars.

07-24-2006, 01:34 PM
yea seen that bronc, U stop in Rock creek for Sandwiches... Best ones in the world... can't rember wich side of greenwood midway is on,, but there is a awesome suspension bridge u can go walk on... real long and extra sketchy. gotta be at least 100 years old.... i always wanted to hit up that train bridge rope swing that thing looks sweet... sold trip brutha

07-24-2006, 05:42 PM
great pics john, you always have good adventures to share

Big Mitch
07-26-2006, 10:24 PM
looks like agood time

07-27-2006, 11:31 AM
Cool shots..been down that way a few times, havent done to much back roads exploring though....

10-07-2006, 10:39 PM
great pics looks like a really good trip

10-07-2006, 11:05 PM
that must of bin an awesome trip. there some pretty cool shots. think i might try to find that place. you say it was near grand forks?

10-07-2006, 11:35 PM
i checked out gregs summer mine trip. thats some cool shit. definitly gonna go over there with a few friends and check it out some time.

10-08-2006, 07:48 AM
Great pics and story there! Taz and I have explored Phoenix, but haven't heard about Paris....road trip!:D