Welcome! We have a variety of books primarily pertaining to mining camps and abandoned towns throughout the West. 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.
A number of local histories were published by Leland Feitz, so Colorado has not been a priority for Western Places. We do have a book by Brian Levine entitled Cripple Creek Gold on the exciting gold rush and its communities, and an early issue features an article on Altman, also in the Cripple Creek District. No publications on Colorado are planned at this time, but a likely subject would be one of the mining areas of Southwestern Colorado. If you have a particular interest and would like to help develop a publication on any other town in Colorado that has an interesting history, please contact us.