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Ghost Towns of California

Your Guide to the Hidden History and Old West Haunts of California

Ghost Towns of California
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Format: Paperback, 240 Pages
ISBN: 9780760340820
Publisher: Voyageur Press
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Illustrations: 161 color photos & 7 maps
Size: 6 x 9
Weight: 1.25 lb.
Edition: First
Published: Jul. 15, 2012
DC: AP
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 Ghost Towns of California is a guidebook to the state's best boomtowns. Once thriving, these abandoned mining camps and pioneer villages still ring with history.

 
Ghost town expert Philip Varney equips you with everything you need to know to explore these remnants of the past. Featured are color maps, driving and walking directions, town histories, touring recommendations, and stunning color photography of 70 sites, including the famous Bodie.
 
Come see where it all started at the mother lode, and trace the great migration throughout the region. Visit the northern mines and the ghosts of San Francisco Bay, the Eastern Sierra, Death Valley, and the Mojave Desert. This is the essential guidebook to the glory days of the Old West!

 

Philip Varney has toured and photographed more than 600 ghost towns throughout the American West. He is the author of eight ghost town guidebooks, including Ghost Towns of the Mountain West. According to Tony Hillerman, “No one brings ghost towns to life like Philip Varney.”

"The book cleverly maps out the towns in geographical order and thus makes it easy for people who wish to visit them in some sequential order. With each entry, Varney gives a complete with a history of each town, how to get there and even vehicle recommendations. As California has such a rich history, especially with the Gold Rush, his book provides readers a great window into the history of the state." - Huffingtonn Post
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The book cleverly maps out the towns in geographical order and thus makes it easy for people who wish to visit them in some sequential order.” - Huffington Post

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Contents
To the Reader
Introduction: “Gold! Gold! Gold on the American River!”
 
Chapter One
Ghosts of The Mother Lode
Coloma
Georgetown
Amador City
Volcano
Mokelumne Hill
Campo Seco
Murphys
Columbia
Chinese Camp
 
Chapter Two
Ghosts of The Northern Mines
Nevada City
Dutch Flat
North Bloomfield and Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park  
Downieville
Sierra City
Johnsville and the Plumas-Eureka State Park
 
Chapter Three
Ghosts of the North Country
Shasta
French Gulch
Weaverville
Helena
Callahan
 
Chapter Four
Ghosts of San Francisco Bay
Alcatraz
Angel Island
Fort Point
China Camp
Locke
 
Chapter Five
Ghosts of the Eastern Sierra
Bodie
Manzanar
The Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns
Cerro Gordo
Keeler
 
Chapter Six
Spirits of Death Valley
Skidoo
The Wildrose Charcoal Kilns
The Harmony Borax Works
Leadfield
Ryan
Shoshone
 
Chapter Seven
Ghost of the Mojave Desert
Kelso
Calico
Randsburg
The Tropico Gold Mine
Willow Springs 
Llano
 
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
About the Author and Photographer

News

August 10,2012
The Huffington Post gave Ghost Towns of California, the latest installment of Voyageur Press's Ghost Towns series, a favorable review August 9. Learn More.
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