Thunder City residents are likely to have heard about the Boneyard at least once in their lives. For the emerging generation of young adults leaving school, it is something that they may recall bullies threatening them with; for those in middle age, it’s easy to recall the concern the city had over the homeless settling there. As it is now, even those with only passing familiarity with the Boneyard probably also know that it is a place to be avoided.
The Boneyard is visible, to a degree, from Highway 44, and looks almost like a dilapidated trailer park with no trees at first. The ground is a spotted mixture of gravel and dirt, though some cement is present; over 40 railcars lay in the Boneyard, most in lines, with one torn in half and on its side, and another also tipped over. Most have been stripped of their original colors and covered with rust and graffiti. Remnants of the the former shanty town remain as bits of cardboard, makeshift cloth awnings, and wood and other scraps. A keen eye might spot ragged bits of black cloth hanging like flags here and there. Very little seems to move during the day, and it’s hard to see anything out there at night.
The Boneyard lies low, with a berm to its back and side. Of the most outlying railcars, one has become partially covered with turf from the berm; an attempt to make the berm grassier and more stable has partly failed due to climate and as a result, heavy rains have been steepening the side of the berm by causing mud to run down.
Beside the berm off of Highway 44; officially “1001 102nd St. N”