Originally Posted by Vikingdad
Those are all over the country, not just the high desert. I often wonder why they are still there nowadays as the lines have long ago been decommissioned and the glass has collector value (not sure how much though) and I imagine that the wire has a high copper content. I see those poles all along all of the rail rights of way pretty much everywhere. I imagine these are actually old telegraph poles.
Those old wires, weather they be single conductor signal wire or 2 conductor "C" Rural wire, are usually copper doped steel wire. Not worth much.
The poles that are left up are usually still in a utility easment even though they are not being used. Also, the easement may be being used with undeground cables or may be used again in the future.
The glass insulators are the only thing that may be worth anything, but get caught climbing those poles and retrieving them or the wire without a utility company work order and it's jail time. Actually if they catch you shooting at them it can be jail time as well. Utility companies and railroads are strange that way.