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!
To the Reader
Introduction: “Gold! Gold! Gold on the American River!”
Ghosts of The Mother Lode
Ghosts of The Northern Mines
North Bloomfield and Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
Johnsville and the Plumas-Eureka State Park
Ghosts of the North Country
Ghosts of San Francisco Bay
Ghosts of the Eastern Sierra
The Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns
Spirits of Death Valley
The Wildrose Charcoal Kilns
The Harmony Borax Works
Ghost of the Mojave Desert
The Tropico Gold Mine
About the Author and Photographer
“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