Searching for Evidence of an Atlantintropic World
On a recent trip to South Dakota I decided to track down a few ghost towns as evidence that the Atlantintropic Theory was a tangible summation of the decay and decline of culture surrounding modern society. These towns, some populated well into the 1900s, collapsed because of economic or physiological decay. I have been visiting these kinds of places for a long time, more than 30 years now, and I feel that they offer one of the closest representations of the Atlantintropic ideal.
After laying out plans at dinner one night, I was able to convince several of my traveling companions to journey off the beaten path and find the lost town of Tinton. Underestimating the terrain, how dark the canyons get after sunset, and encountering difficulties like tire spikes, our first night was less than a success. We agreed to give it another go the following night, but this time with the right kind of car, and a little more daylight.
Located deep in the Black Hills of SD, in a remote portion of Spearfish Canyon, Tinton sustained itself as a mining town. Residents were reported to occupy the town up until the 1950s when the mill was destroyed by fire. Being such a “new” ghost town makes Tinton an ideal place to visit because so much of the town is still intact.
It was quite an adventure to finally reach Tinton. In the pouring rain, with washed out roads, and no real markers, we had a hell of a time finding it. We jumped out of our vehicle a number of times to navigate around obstacles, and with weather slowing our progress, we arrived later than expected. Getting there just after dusk, wet and tired, we climbed out of our mud covered SUV just in time to see the clouds break and reveal a purple sky dressed with a beautiful rainbow stretching across the ghostly remains of Tinton.
The sight regenerated everyone’s mood, and we immediately began exploring the collapsing buildings and overgrown landscape. While the others snapped away photos, I walked silently around the town absorbing the emotional feel of the site. This was truly an Atlantintropic expedition. The photos, notes, and memories I collected were invigorating inspiration for the Atlantintropic project. You can find albums and collections of Tinton and other Atlantintropic expeditions at the following dot-coms, blogs, and media sites.