Real Events In Real Places At Some Of The Most Interesting Locations In The Old West!

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Learn about mining rushes, transportation (roads, railroads, stagecoaches, early autos), and other factors that caused towns to spring up in specific locations. Find out what life was really like for the residents of these towns as they boomed and then slowly faded into ghost towns. Local newspapers covered gunfights, fires, mining disasters, blizzards, and mining frauds as well as the social activities that created a sense of community.

Immerse yourself in Western History!

Western Places is not your Hollywood version of the Old West. Sometimes it is much more interesting! Each publication is based on extensive research of early newspapers, official records, plus conversations with people who know the area well. And best of all, you can visit the places yourself using the appropriate Western Places publication to serve as your tour guide. It will tell you just what happened and where, and will direct you to other nearby places that you otherwise may overlook. The author has visited all of these places, and each publication provides information on what remains at each site.

Looking for your ancestors?

Many Western Places publications include an index listing all the people from that place mentioned in contemporary newspaper accounts. For example, the index for Lundy has 950 names, while Belmont has over 1300 names and Coloma has 1850 names. Since many of these early towns flourished between censuses, this is an opportunity for genealogists to tap into a new source.

What's New

  • The second edition of Rhyolite - the Boom Years by Alan H. Patera is now available.
  • Macdonald's Stage Coaches and Stations: Western Oregon 1850-1920 is now available.
  • The newest issue of Western Places: Settlements of Pend Oreille County, Washington by Alan H. Patera.
  • The next Western Places issue will be Blue Mountains and Mitchell Mill in Calaveras County, California. Following that there will be a monography on Goldfield, Nevada's boom years.
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