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.
Oregon is our home, but it has not been a major focus for Western Places. We have one monograph on the Yamhill River port of Dayton, and a number of articles in early issues, covering Ajax (Gilliam County), Camp Warner (Lake County) and Lafayette (Yamhill County). No publication date is set, but it is likely the first mining camp monograph will be on Cornucopia (Baker County). If you have documents or photos from Cornucopia that could be used in this monograph, we would like to hear from you. If you have a particular interest and would like to help develop a publication on any other town in Oregon that has an interesting history, please contact us.