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.
Macdonald’s Stage Coaches and Stations: Eastern Washington by Joseph F. Macdonald
In the early days the Columbia River was the main route for transport, but as settlement progressed the river landings would be met by stagecoaches for transport to new agricultural or mining communities. The first settlement was the Whitman Mission at Walla Walla in the 1850s, and in the 1860s Spokane emerged as a place of importance.
When railroads were built across the area, they had the same effect as river transport, with stages connecting to towns not on the railroad. This book will tell you everything you need to know about getting around Eastern Washington prior to 1920.
130 page paperback. Published 2012 ISBN 0-943645-77-8