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Ghost Towns
This section provides information about old gold mining boom towns, lost mines & treasure hunting. Great places to visit or vacation to for those who hunt lost treasure or love ghost towns.


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Ghost Towns & History of the American and Canadian Old West
5546 West Irma.
Glendale, AZ 85308 USA
1-623-434-5294 or fax: 1-623-434-5431
E-Mail: Todd Underwood
Ghost Towns and History of the American and Canadian Old West. Ghost towns in all 50 states and Canada indexed alphabetically and by county with interactive maps, pictures, histories and locations. Also, chat room, bulletin board, virtual museum, how-to, TV Channel and more!

Goldfield Ghost Town
Authentic ghost town located at the base of the Superstition Mountains, Arizona. Mine tours, gold panning, rattlesnake exhibit, horseback riding, jeep/hiking/helicopter tours, and more.

Old Western Town Movie Set
Gammons Gulch
PO Box 76
Pomerene, AZ. 85627
Old Movie Set and Western Town. Film Production Location Services and Museum. Plan your events at Gammons Gulch or your next film/video project at Gammons Gulch location in Arizona.

Smith Home Page, The
E-Mail: John Smith
E-Mail: Suzanne Smith unavailable
E-Mail: Alex Montgomery
Abandoned sites in Arizona and the Four Corners Area and consumer protection links.


Bodie State Historic Park
A Real Ghost Town in California
In 1859 William (a.k.a. Waterman) S. Bodey discovered gold near what is now called Bodie Bluff. A mill was established in 1861 and the town began to grow. It started with about 20 miners and grew to an estimated 10,000 people by 1880! By that time, the town of Bodie bustled with families, robbers, miners, store owners, gunfighters and prostitutes of all kinds. At one time there was reported to be 65 saloons in town. Amongst the saloons were numerous brothels and 'houses of ill repute', gambling halls and opium dens. Needless to say that there was entertainment for every taste.

California Ghost Towns
A very good report on some of California's best Ghost Towns. Story and photos by Roger Vargo.

Cal-Neva Ghost Towns Directory & Guide
Over 600 Sites in Nevada, Alone.
Current pictures of the Ghost Towns & Sites in California-Nevada. Maps of Mining Camps & Villages from the Days of Yore.

Explore Historic California
Online magazine. Guided historical 4x4 tours to ghost towns. New Slices of California History and Legends and Lore each month. Emphasis on Southern and Eastern Sierras, Owens Valley and Western Mojave areas. Official site for Cerro Gordo Mines information.

Ghost Town USA.
PO Box 1328
Moreno Valley, CA 92556-1328 USA
E-Mail: Gary B. Speck
This state-by-state listing of hundreds of ghost towns across the United States of America is an ou growth of "Ghost Town USA", Gary Speck's popular, long-running monthly column appearing in Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine. It features a Ghost Town of the Month, as well as other information and links of interest for ghost towners
Researching and exploring ghost towns throughout the
United States & Canada since 1968.


Historical Directory of Kansas Towns
The Historical Directory of Kansas Towns (HDKT) is the original name of the KCN. The HDKT was established before 24-Dec-1993. The HDKT depends largely on user contributions of local history information and links.

Montana Treks
2690 Park Drive
Helena, Montana 59601
Contact Ken or Brandon:
Call Toll Free: 1-866-442-1013
Montana Treks designs active Montana vacation packages for groups of any size. We offer customized vacation planning and can design a tour of Montana's ghost towns tailored to your interests.
If you are looking for a trip of a lifetime where you can experience Montana the way we have, without a hundred tourists around you, our team is simply the best for you. Feel free to give us a call and discuss what you want on your trip, we will customize the vacation that you, or you and your family, have always wanted!!

Virginia City Overland Stagecoach
Go West Productions / Virginia City Overland Stage
P.O. Box 224
Virginia City, MT  59755
Ride in an authentic horse drawn stagecoach. 25 minute narrated tours from main street Virginia City up scenic, historic Alder Gulch. See where the largest placer gold discovery in the US was made. Learn about Virginia City history, gold, vigilantes, road agents, boot hill, stage coach travel & much more. 2001 Virginia City Events listing. Nevada City ghost town next to Virginia City, MT. Other Montana & Ghost town links. A great western history experience.


Bob and Brian Exploring
Nevada Ghosttowns and Mining Camps with history and up to date photos of everywhere we have been.

Cal-Neva Ghost Towns Directory & Guide
Over 600 Sites in Nevada, Alone.
Current pictures of the Ghost Towns & Sites in California-Nevada. Maps of Mining Camps & Villages from the Days of Yore.

Old West Ghosts
Lots of pictures of ghost towns, saloons and cemeteries of the Old West, especially Nevada. Place names of Nevada towns, sidings and mining districts.

Virginia City, Nevada Web Guide
Virginia City, Nevada is one of America's largest Historic Landmarks.  Located just south east of Reno, Nevada, this historic mining town is easily accessible by car from Lake Tahoe, Reno, or Carson City.  Some say Virginia City's rich gold and silver mines financed the Civil War. Now rich in history, Virginia City and the Comstock Lode still maintain the flavor of the hifalutin mining days, when Mark Twain roamed the streets and everybody wanted a piece of the "Richest Place on Earth."
History of Virginia City, Nevada and the Comstock Lode

Shawn Hall's "Nevada Ghost Towns"
Shawn Hall
Box 1192
Tonopah, NV 89049
Welcome to Shawn Hall's Nevada Ghost Town website. The purpose of this site is to provide the active ghost towner, historians, and arm-chair enthusiast an opportunity to enjoy the many wonderous ghost towns that Nevada has to offer. The main page of the website features a profile of a new ghost town every couple of months. These profiles provide a detailed history, summary of current remains, and when available, photographs. Ghost towns, railroad stops, stage stations, post offices, historical sites, and gold and silver towns are all included. Some places included aren't necessarily ghost towns but fit the accepted description of a ghost town presented by legendary ghost towner Lambert Florin: "A shadowy semblance of a former self."
Great books & ghost town photos and a chat!


Shaniko, Oregon
Awesome pictures of a Shaniko on a field trip to north central Oregon by Herman Krieger.

Boom Towns & Relic Hunters
P.O. Box 914
Black Diamond, WA 98010 USA
Contact: Jerry Smith
History of ghost towns of Northeastern Washington State,and how to detect old ghost towns. The web's most comprehensive and detailed web site about the history of ghost towns of Northeastern Washington state as well as tips on how to metal detect old ghost towns of the West.

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Ghost Towns / U.S. Misc.

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Exploring the Great Basin!
Contact: Dave Crockett
Information and photographs from remote parts of the eastern Great Basin. Mountain ranges, ghost towns, hot springs, and other points of interest.

Ghost Town USA
Gary Speck has an interesting site, promoting his Ghost Town Book.

Ghosts of the Southline
Abandoned towns along the El Paso & Southwestern Railroad in southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona.

Ghost Towns: St. Elmo
You can literally walk the streets of history in easily accessible St. Elmo. This is one of the best preserved ghost towns anywhere in Colorado. In fact, in addition to ghosts, a few real people still live there.

Mining, Prospecting and Treasure Hunting
This site is dedicated to the continual expansion of knowledge required to find that treasure you seek.
This database is designed to help locate areas that are not always so easy to find. We include, or will include,  ghost towns, town sites, cemeteries, camps, old names of towns that have been changed or absorbed into other towns. Historical names, airports plus many other categories. The purpose is to allow you to more accurately pinpoint a site that you may be looking for or that you might have heard about. This is explained in further detail as you enter the database below. Good hunting. Predominately GPS locations.

Ripley's Ghost Towns and Other Adventures
Take a Ghost Town Tour with Ripley and friends to sites in California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Montana!

Way Out West
Visit 65 copper,gold & silver ghoststowns in the 9 western states.
Includes a great Photo galley of these Western American ghosttowns.

United States - U.S. Misc. - Foreign
Ghost Towns / Foreign

Hill End, NSW Australia
An Australian ghost town. Information on the Hill End Historic Site. Has some great local history links!


The mining towns of San Luis Potosi, Mexico
There are many old mining towns in Mexico, this article tells about some of them.

Lost Mines
Information on legends and fact.

United States

The Geozone
Designed and operated by two Master Geologists, plus two computer science professionals who have together spent the last 20 years investigating the legends of Lost Gold Mines in the American Southwest and are presenting the most reliable of these here at the
Lost Gold Mines & Treasure Tales
Southwest treasure tales; Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah.
- The lore of the American Southwest is rich with legends of lost treasures. But often the details of any given legend vary in significant ways from one account to another; other tales seem little more than fireside stories told as entertainment. However, the tales presented on this site are among the most reliable -- researched by our staff over the course of more than two decades, cross-checked between multiple sources, the locales explored in the field, and have each been critically evaluated from the geological perspective, that is, an examination of the local mining history and an assessment of the potential that the underlying lithology of the area can actually produce a deposit as described in the legend. We pay particular credence to those tales for which historical assay records exist!
- We have documented those tales which meet this criteria and they are presented here. We've presently identified over 100 such tales, culled from the countless lost treasure legends that we've encountered throughout the course of the past two decades. More than 85 of these are now published on this website, and we are adding more on a regular basis. So, visit us often and check the "What's New" section of our website regularly!
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