Journal Entry #10 - Gold Bend
CJ Comments - Sun Valley and Prosperity Quake Entries
saathoff37: Wow. Some amazing photos. Really like it. SC2013 looks like a good buy. Keep the great work man!
Thanks Saathoff37! I am still having fun with it. Will keep the CJ active when I can...
ggamgus: I love the terminal in the last picture!
Yeah, I like the look of that high speed rail station with the backdrop of the Simoleon Mountains.
ggamgus: Dayum, dat's a lot of destruction. D:
The quake definitely did do some damage there in Prosperity. Look for a journal entry shortly showing some rebuilding and a brief city tour.
Andreas97: Nice Journal i love the level of interaction you show, it looks as if it were real and a real news broadcast. Can't wait for more, keep it up
Thanks Andres97. Just trying different forms of storytelling to keep things fresh.
89James89: Loving all the updates and how much work your putting into the story telling and history. Your picture taking is perfect as well. Also consider your farm idea borrowed/stolen that's awesome. Hope Prosperity can prosper once again after being hit by the earthquake.
Thanks James. Steal away on the farm stuff. I did it so the towns each had their own type of character to them. Prosperity should bounce back rather quickly. There are quite a bit of Simoleons in that township and most all the mines were unaffected by the quake.
Welcome to Gold Bend
The Simoleon Mountains which divide the NE and SE regions of Jago Bay RR are rich in resources for those townships that surround them. When we toured Harlan earlier, we could see that it was a booming mining town from a rather healthy ore deposit discovered by one of the farmers who first settled the area. The new township of Gold Bend is no different.
Located Southwest of Harlan, Gold Bend lies at the foot of the Simoleon Mountains where it reaches the Rye River. The township contains over 20 mines currently and is the most productive ore township in the region with close to 500 tons of ore produced daily of coal and gold.
Gold Bend actually received its name not from the ore they were pulling from the ground, but from the color of the water at sunrise from Sun Valley Slough that splits the township into two. Above is a perfect example of the golden shine of the water as the sun rises in the east at the start of each new day. To the right you can see the coal mines on Hutchinson Hill as one of the many ore mines in the township.
With all of the mine activity, Gold Bend commissioned to have a major coal plant constructed to handle the power needs of all of the mines, as well as a water treatment facility to handle all the groundwater waste they also produce. The coal power plant was expanded to provide power to the other communities in the SE region as you can see the multiple stacks generating power. Although the coal plant is a bit dirty in terms of energy, it is providing the power needs that are needed right now to sustain the explosive growth of this area. Townspeople insist that they would like to go cleaner in the future once the peak in mining has subsided.
Here is a shot of the downtown area of Gold Bend. The town center sits on a bluff overlooking Sun Valley Slough and residents home sprawl west in between the mines.
Our last shot shows one of the few farms that are located within the township. This area is known as Water Tower Row. The mines have a big appetite for water and are literally sucking the township dry. Gold Bend officials are looking into ways to relieve the water table before it is all used up and to provide farmers with enough of it for their crops as well. This will be one of the major challenges for this township until the mining boom has subsided.
Have a great evening... More coming soon...