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Ghost Towns of the Old West

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BC: Works Cited "Fatal Accident in Iron Mine." New York Daily Times 8 Dec. 1853. Print. Ghost Towns | Hundreds of Pictures of Ghost Towns from Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho and Montana. Web. 27 Sept. 2010. . Ghost Towns and History of the American West. Web. 30 Sept. 2010. . Glasiuzse, Josie, and Jane Bosveld. "The Most Famous Ghost Town in America." Discovery Apr. 2008. Web. History of Bodie, California: Mining Ghost Town Comes Alive. Web. 27 Sept. 2010. . "The Record of Accidents." New York Times 13 Aug. 1879. Print. "Serious Coal Mine Accidents." New York Times 25 Feb. 1883. Print. Varney, Philip. New Mexico's Best Ghost Towns: a Practical Guide. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico, 1987. Print.

FC: Ghost Towns of the Old West

1: the promise of fortune

2: Bodie, California | After gold was discovered by William Body in 1859, it became a slowly populating mining camp.

3: In 1867, Bodie experienced its own gold rush. Population increased dramatically. Bodie became a thriving city, with over 65 saloons, a red-light district, and a Chinatown. After all the mines had been cleared, the town emptied with it.

4: Arizona has the largest number of ghost towns, including what some consider the most famous ghost town, Tombstone.

5: Arizona saw heavy immigration in the 1850's-1870's due to the discovery of gold, silver, and other precious minerals in the mountains. After these resources were exhausted, the population became sparse.

6: South Park City, Colorado | A living history museum

7: Ryholite, Nevada | after gold was discovered, the town flourished.

8: Shakespeare | New Mexico

9: Lake Valley, NM

10: But mining is dangerous... | and danger is expensive

11: Once the resources were gone, no one needed to stay... | So the towns were abandoned and soon emptied out

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  • Title: Ghost Towns of the Old West
  • History Project about mining towns in the Old West, most of which were completely abandoned.
  • Tags: history, old west, western
  • Started: over 7 years ago
  • Updated: over 7 years ago