Ghost of a Ghost Town

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Adolfo Tapia Live Here (?)

The Spanish word pintados translates to painted in English. There are many references to the word, in one it is a war loving tribe known for tattoos. Here, it is the name of a deserted town on an abandoned railroad running roughly parallel to the Pan American highway. As we passed through en route to Geoglifos de Pintados, I captured these shots of the ruined town.

The handprinted sign above the window, top photograph, says in translation, “Here lived the Adolfo Tapia Family, 1940-1956, F.F C.C. del Estado.” Searches on Adolfo Tapia turned up nothing, all we know is the sign attributes the designation to the state government.

The hill of the geoglyphs are the background, some of the figures are visible. There will be more in later posts.

The railroad served the many Saltpeter factories dotting the Tarapac√° region. To my knowledge all were closed in the mid-20th century.

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4 thoughts on “Ghost of a Ghost Town

  1. I enjoyed these photos in the Atacama Desert, Michael Stephen. The sign is espec. engaging, and I appreciated the translation. Looking forward to seeing more geoglyph photos. Haunting place and haunting photos — well done.

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