From Desolate Ranch to Eco-town

From Desolate Ranch to Eco-town

Very few people have heard of Nipton, California. And rightfully so…

The town was once a covered wagon and cattle rancher stop over a century ago. It slowly evolved into a railroad and mining town.

Today, this small town has big plans to become America’s sustainable wonderland.

Back in 1984, Caltech-trained geologist Gerald Freeman stumbled onto this town with population of one sole resident who lived in the trading post selling drinks to the rare passerby.

Seeing potential in this desolate town, he decided to invest $200,000 in the purchase of this unknown outpost.

Since then, Freeman has put a small fortune into restoring Nipton, including the installation of solar panels totaling 80-kilowatts — enough to power the majority of the town — in the hopes to be a green hospitality center for people heading into the nearby Mojave National Preserve.

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