TIOGA — While the city of Williston was deciding the fate of its own man camps, market forces were deciding the fate of another. Capital Lodge, located between Ray and Tioga, has ceased operation, according to a report last week in the Tioga Tribune.

Attempts to contact a representative of the lodge for additional comments were not successful. Calls to the lodge were answered by a machine and emails sent to its website bounced back as undeliverable. A visit to the site Friday afternoon found a veritable ghost town. A few vehicles with icicles attached remained in front of what appeared to be an office building, but ropes blocked the stairs leading to that, as well as to the road that once led to Capital’s transport services. The visitors check-in shack was empty, although nearby some papers remained on a desk inside and a jacket appeared to have been hung with care.

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