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Empire no more

2011-06-21 15:04:43.665414+00 by Dan Lyke 8 comments

U.S. Gypsum is shutting down Empire, Nevada, the United States' last company town. Empire is, of course, known to Burning Man attendees.

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comments in descending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2011-06-22 18:57:55.248356+00 by: Larry Burton

I wonder how much the town could be had for?

#Comment Re: made: 2011-06-22 13:49:15.466688+00 by: markd

I know a number of googlers to go Burning Man, so tool support should be pretty good.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-06-22 03:58:29.352424+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yep: Empire and Gerlach are 7 miles apart, but in terms of the housing density of the area they may as well be the same town.

And Google Street View? GOOG knows their target audience: ya plan your Burning Man trip with Google Maps.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-06-21 23:09:52.076769+00 by: Mars Saxman

Empire is about seven miles from Gerlach, and about twenty miles from Black Rock City. That counts as "right next door" in that part of the world.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-06-21 21:16:46.94705+00 by: andylyke

Can hardly believe it: Google actually street viewed Empire, NV. That, folks, is dedication to the mission

#Comment Re: made: 2011-06-21 20:51:21.277101+00 by: Nancy

I've been reading about this in The Christian Science Monitor. It mentions Burning Man in the context of the gal who just purchased the lone store and is trying to hold out until the end of August. The store could certainly serve a purpose at least a few weeks a year..but without electricity or water??

#Comment Re: made: 2011-06-21 19:07:24.31247+00 by: meuon

Perhaps Empire just becomes a 24/7/365 Burn Community?

I expect they'll fire it back up in a few years as the need for sheetrock increases again.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-06-21 18:39:27.2437+00 by: Larry Burton

How far is Empire from the actual Burning Man site?