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Nelson's Landing
A ghost town near Nelson's LandingNelson's Landing was a small boat launch and village located in a steep dry wash along the banks of the Colorado River. Nelson's landing is noted for washing into the Colorado River in 1974 after a strong downpour in the regional mountains sent the runoff down the channels and produced a flash flood. There are five wide channels that run from the local mountains toward the river. The problem is that they all converge into a small outlet where Nelson's Landing was. The entire landing and village was destroyed and nine people lost their lives when the flood came through the wash. The wall of water and debris was reported as about 40 feet (12 meters) high as it reached the river.

The town of Nelson still remains today. The town of Nelson is located way up the wash, away from the flood channels. This is a small town that looks like it came right out of the 1950's. There are also several ghost towns in the area. One has the old gas pump gas stations. This is private property, so please don't disturb the artifacts there.

Getting There-
Las Vegas to Nelson's Landing

Take US-93/95 south. Take the US-95 exit south as the two roads divide after Railroad Pass. Take the Nelson's Landing Rd east (left) to Nelson and the Landing.

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