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.
Abandoned Settlements of the East Mojave by Alan Hensher
Western Places Volume 8-3 TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK
This forgotten corner of the West briefly came into prominence in the 1890s with the emergence of the mining camp of Vanderbilt in the New York Mountains. Railroads were built, and in the early 1900s the camp of Hart blossomed, then faded.
Between 1910 and 1920 agricultural settlements were attempted in Lanfair Valley. These flourished for a while, then too failed, leaving the area mostly uninhabited.
Paperback, 50 pages, 8.5 by 11 inches. This book contains numerous photographs, both 19th century ones and others taken recently. People and mines are indexed.