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Favorite Ghost Town websites

 


For ghost town chasing, treasure hunting (TH'ing), prospecting, genealogy, and searching for old towns your ancestors lived in, as well as lots of other interesting links, these sites are well worth visiting...There are literally thousands of related websites out there, and this list is not intended to be all inclusive.  These are just a few of the sites I find interesting.  I hope you do too.  Happy web surfing!

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General Multi-state Sites

Desert USA

This website features lots of information and history on the desert regions of the Southwestern United States.

 

Ghost Town Gallery

Features Over 1700 Photos from 180 ghost towns and historic sites in the United States.  Plus information and general links to other GT sites.  Focus on AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR and UT.

 

GhostTowns.com

An excellent general ghost town site with photos, links and history.

 

Legends of America

            This is Kathy Weiser’s excellent “Website for the Nostalgic & Historic Minded  featuring a lot of unknown history of the American West, including roadtrip details and photographs to hundreds of ghost towns. 

 

Ripley’s Ghost Town Adventures

A fun, folksy site that takes you on many interesting ghost town adventures.

 

The Ghost Town Explorers

Good site featuring GTs in CA and NV.

 

Individual States/Provinces

(Includes state-wide/county/individual site links)

 

NOTE:  This section will expand over the next year as I incorporate many individual and less commonly found links to some very unusual sites!

 

USA

 

Also visit GHOST TOWN USA’s very own State-by-State and individual listings for HUNDREDS of ghost towns.  Many of these individual site links are also accessible from the appropriate state page.

 

AZ

            Arizona Ghost Towns

            This is an EXCELLENT Arizona ghost town site, and is the originator of The Ghost Town of the Month, a feature that inspired me to do something similar back in 1998.  Thanks for the inspiration guys!

 

            Arizona Ghost Town Trails

            This site features the ghost towns of Cochise County, deep in the southeastern corner of the Grand Canyon State.

 

CA

California Ghost Towns

Includes a number of Death Valley and Mojave Desert area California GTs.  This site is sponsored by Cal-Neva.com

 

Death Valley Jim’s Adventures

Explore the ghost towns of Death Valley and the California Desert with Death Valley Jim. There is a lot of photography and new information.  Jim is also the author of a couple brand new (2012) books on the region.

 

The Digital Desert

Many links to other Mojave Desert and ghost town related sites.  Good portal for exploring.

 

Pioneer Mining Supplies

Pioneer has links to a number of gold mining districts in California.

 

Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad. 

For a good historical perspective on one of California’s premier ghost railroads, visit John McCulloch’s website.  The T & T basically paralleled State Highway 127 south from Nevada, through Death Valley Junction, Silver Lake and Baker, ending at Ludlow.

 

 

CO

Colorado Ghost Towns

As they say on their page:  Interested in Colorado's historic ghost towns, boomtowns & mining camps? If so, this is the website for you!  This is a great site to get you into this state’s fascinating array of ghost and near ghost towns.

           

Fourteenernet

A few high mountain area ghost towns are featured on this site, which focuses on Colorado’s 14,000’ plus mountains.

 

IA

Iowa Ghost Towns

This site is the prime site for anyone interested in Iowa’s ghost towns.

 

MT

            Montana Ghost Town Preservation Society

            This is NOT a ghost town site, but for an association for ghost town enthusiasts.  I have been a member for well over 15 years and truly enjoy their quarterly newsletters featuring various ghost towns in Montana.  Tell ‘em Gary sent ya!

 

Philipsburg MT

            This site promoting Phillipsburg, MT also features a number of interesting ghost towns in Granite County.

 

NV

Lost City Museum

This museum features the history of the Pueblo Indian village along the Muddy River, near Overton, and the archeological camp established in the 1930s to excavate and preserve the history of that one-time Native American community.

 

Nevada Ghost Towns

Includes a number of Death Valley and Mojave Desert area California GTs.  This site is sponsored by Cal-Neva.com

 

Shawn Hall’s Nevada Ghost Towns

The author of several books about Nevada ghost towns, Shawn has a great site with a lot of interesting information.

 

Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad 

For a good historical perspective on one of California’s premier ghost railroads, visit John McCulloch’s website.  The T & T basically paralleled State Highway 127 south from Nevada, through Death Valley Junction, Silver Lake and Baker, ending at Ludlow. 

 

NM

         Ghost Town Photography.com

            This site features beautiful ghost town imagery (photos) by Steve Bingham.  He also features the states of AZ, CA, CO, MT, NV, UT & WY.  (Follow the links on the top of his page.)

 

            New Mexico GTs & Other Little-known Places

            Exploring the Land of Enchantment is made more interesting by this site, whgich not only offers a plethora of ghost towns, but numerous other historic sites ghost towners might like to check out.

 

Shakespeare Ghost Town

Visit Shakespeare, NM beginning with the town’s own website.

 

 

ND

            Ghosts of North Dakota

            Ghost towns in North Dakota?  You betcha!! Check out this fascinating site dedicated to the ghost towns of this seldom written about state.

 

UT

            Utah Ghost Towns

            A good site that has a number of interesting ghost towns in the Beehive State.

           

WA

Boom Towns & Relic Hunters of NE Washington

This site is a fantastic resource for ghost town chasers interested in the ghost towns of the northeast Washington state area.      

 

The Rocker Box

A number of ghost towns from many of Washington’s counties are featured, along with lost treasure stories and places to find gold.

 

WY

            Wyoming Tales & Trails

            Great site for the history of Wyoming, including numerous ghost towns.

 

 

CANADA

 

ALBERTA

Ghosttownpix.com

Alberta, BC, Ontario & Saskatchewan Ghost towns are featured on this site.

 

Mary’s Genealogy Treasures – GTs of Albreta

Rather than a ghost town site per se, this is a page filled with links to numerous ghost towns in the Province of Alberta.

           

BRITISH COLUMBIA

BC Ghost Towns  

This site is a linear site featuring many unknown places and lots of photos.

 

Ghosttownpix.com

Alberta, BC, Ontario & Saskatchewan Ghost towns are featured on this site.

 

ONTARIO

Ghosttownpix.com

Alberta, BC, Ontario & Saskatchewan Ghost towns are featured on this site.

 

Ontario Abandoned Places

Ontario Abandoned Places is a website dedicated to Ontario's ghost towns and abandonments

 

SASKATCHEWAN

Ghosttownpix.com

Alberta, BC, Ontario & Saskatchewan Ghost towns are featured on this site.

 

 

 

AUSTRALIA

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hill End

Paintings of old buildings in this 1870s Australian gold rush town are presented on this website.

 

 

General History/Travel sites

(Not listed above)

 

Mojave Desert & Death Valley in General

 

Death Valley ‘49ers

The Death Valley ‘49ers is an organization dedicated to promoting understanding and appreciation of Death Valley and its history.

 

Desert USA

This website features lots of information and history on the Mojave Desert.

 

The Digital Desert

Many links to other Mojave Desert and ghost town related sites.  Good portal for exploring.

 

Mojave Desert Heritage & Cultural Association

Based in Goffs Schoolhouse, this organization along with their sister organization, The Friends of the Mojave Road, are dedicated to preserving the history of California’s eastern Mojave Desert. 

 

Highways and other transportation corridors.

 

American Highway Project

This organization is seeking to preserve America’s vanishing roadside culture such as road towns, motels, tourist “traps”, billboards, gas stations, etc.  

 

Old Mojave Road

Before there were trains and cars there were trails and footpaths across the country.  The Mojave Road stretched from the Colorado River at Fort Mohave to Los Angeles

 

Route 66 – CA-IL

 

Historic Route 66.com

Begin your explorations of old US 66 here.  The highway was more familiarly called Route 66 or the Mother Road. 

 

  

 

PUBLICATIONS

(Book publishers/sellers)

 

Ghost Town books

Publications International, LTD.

These folks are the publisher of my latest book, GHOST TOWNS: Yesterday & TodayTM, which was released in June 2010.  They also publish many other books of interest to Ghost Towners.

 

H. Glenn Carson Enterprises, Inc.

Carson Enterprises carries over 750 treasure and ghost town-related titles.  It is based in Deming, NM.  Glenn is a fellow columnist in Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine.


Caxton Printers

            This publishing company in Idaho prints many ghost town books.  A recent check of their website doesn’t list a catalogue or other listing of currently printed books. 

However, I am leaving their link up here as the company is still active, and is famous for publishing some of the best classic books on ghost towns from the 1950s through the early 2000s.

 

 

 

Collectibles and misc books of interest to ghost towners

Exonumia.com

A connoisseur’s guide to Tokens, medals, buttons, badges, ribbons, World's Fair, political, Masonic/fraternal, Indian peace medals and slave tags.  If you collect this type of exonumia, this a great site for you.  Rich Hartzog also sells hundreds of books to help you identify your finds. (Also listed under Treasure Hunting-General sites)

 

 

Periodicals

Featuring ghost towns, travel, & treasure hunting


Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine

“World’s Leading How-to Magazine for Metal Detectorists Since 1966  Focus of W & E T is hands-on treasure hunting for the active metal detectorist. 

It is also the home to my long-running (since Apr 1984) “Ghost Town USA” monthly column wherein each month we explore America’s ghost towns.


Arizona Highways Online

This monthly magazine is for those who love Arizona and traveling through the “Grand Canyon State”.

 

International California Mining Journal

Formerly known as the California Mining Journal, this magazine’s focus is on current mining.  It does contain a lot of historical information on mines and ghost towns. 


Lost Treasure Magazine Online

Published since the mid-1960s, Lost Treasure calls itself “the Treasure Hunter’s Magazine of Choice.”  LT is aimed at the active metal detectorist.


Nevada Magazine Online

For anything from historical ghost town information through current casino show listings, everything related to the Silver State is fair game for this 6-times a year magazine.


Out West Newspaper

“The Newspaper that Roams” was a quarterly (more-or-less) folksy travel newspaper chronicling the travels of its editor.  For visiting the map dots and unknown places in the West, this one couldn’t be beat.  No longer published., but still had an active website as of Jan 03, 2010.

 

 

INDEX TO OTHER LINK PAGES

(Links to various websites and pages are listed in the following categories)

 

GHOST TOWNS (THIS PAGE)

·        General Ghost Town sites

·        Individual States/Provinces

·        Individual Sites

·        History/Travel

 

TREASURE HUNTING

·        General Sites

·        Specific Interest Sites

·        Treasure Hunting Equipment Manufacturers/Distributors

·        General Treasure Hunting Clubs/Organizations

·        Specific Interest Clubs/Organizations

·        Places to find treasure

·        Government information sources

 

PUBLICATIONS (THIS PAGE)

·        Book publishers/sellers

·        Periodicals 

 

LICENSE PLATES

·        Clubs for License Plate Collectors

·        On-Line Collector Buy/Trade & Sell Forums

·        A few other misc. websites of interest to license plate collectors

 

GENEALOGY

·        General


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