Abandoned Truck, Ballarat, California

Abandoned Truck in Ballarat, California

The caretaker of the Ballarat ghost town in California believes this truck was used and abandoned here by the Manson Family. I have found numerous web articles both supporting and contradicting this claim.

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One Response to Abandoned Truck, Ballarat, California

  1. Les Hartness October 24, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    Back in the late 60’s, I used to spend a lot of time in Ballarat as a kid. I knew Tommy, the kid my age that lived there with his family at the time, and ran the store. He’s the one that found the truck in the desert, tracked down the owners, and contacted them.

    It was stolen out of Long Beach, CA, and ran out of gas near Ballarat. Tommy found it, went home, got some gas, got it fired up, and drove it home. When he contacted the owners, they didn’t want to bother with coming to get it, so they just signed it over to Tommy, who was about 13 at the time. The story at that time was that Charlie had stolen it, and when it ran out of gas, abandoned it and walked the rest of the way to the ranch.

    I don’t remember hearing anything that would actually prove that it was Charlie that abandoned it. But Tommy and I drove that old truck all over the Ballarat area when I was out there, even up to the Panamint Mine to deliver supplies.

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