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Ghost Towns of Northern California: Your Guide to Ghost Towns and Historic Mining Camps (Pictorial Discovery Guide Series)

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No one knows ghosts towns—nor what ghost town lovers want to know about them—like Philip Varney. Tony Hillerman. Get ready for adventure as ghost town expert Philip Varney takes you on a tour of Northern California’s most fascinating historic mining camps and ghost towns. Ghost Towns of Northern California provides background on the Gold Rush of 1849 and later strikes, as well as comprehensive information on more than 50 towns and sites—from out-of-the-way Campo Seco and New Idria to popular sites such as Coloma ...

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Overview

No one knows ghosts towns—nor what ghost town lovers want to know about them—like Philip Varney. Tony Hillerman. Get ready for adventure as ghost town expert Philip Varney takes you on a tour of Northern California’s most fascinating historic mining camps and ghost towns. Ghost Towns of Northern California provides background on the Gold Rush of 1849 and later strikes, as well as comprehensive information on more than 50 towns and sites—from out-of-the-way Campo Seco and New Idria to popular sites such as Coloma and Bodie. Varney also covers ghost forts, Chinese fishing villages, and the famous "ghost prison" of Alcratraz. If you’re an armchair visitor, you’ll appreciate the rich color photographs and descriptive text that bring the region to life. With chapters arranged by region and tons of travel information and maps, visitors will find this pictorial guide makes traveling the area a breeze. John Drew is the photographer of Ghost Towns of Colorado; he and his wife Susan Drew have photographed ghost towns throughout the West.

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"No one," Tony Hillerman insists, "knows ghost towns...like Philip Varney." Indeed, this Tucson-based writer has become almost spectral as the author of books on abandoned western towns. In this volume, his engaging text is enhanced by 159 color photographs by John and Susan Drew and 13 maps designed to assist the adventurous reader.
Tony Hillerman
No one knows ghosts towns—nor what ghost town lovers want to know about them—like Philip Varney.
Library Journal
Varney has mastered the art of writing books on ghost towns of the West, having authored such guides as Ghost Towns of Colorado and Southern California's Best Ghost Towns. In his latest volume, he once again combines the elements of an interesting narrative blending the personal with the historical with excellent photographs that provide a glimpse of both the past and the present. Varney also includes the necessary tourist information pertaining to museums, tours, maps, and directions. The result is an outstanding travel guide to northern California's 50 deserted mining towns, plus the "ghost prison" of Alcatraz and a couple of Chinese fishing villages in the San Francisco Bay area, that also serves as a good supplement to books on the gold rush. Recommended for all public libraries in California and for larger libraries in the rest of the country. John McCormick, New Hampshire State Lib., Concord Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Remarkably fine color photographs catalogue a selection of 59 Northern Californian ghost towns and mining camps that are both historically rich and not too "buried under modernity." The authors emphasize what remains in the town and what may be found where, as well as providing detailed directions with maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896584426
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: Pictorial Discovery Guide Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Long-time ghost-town hunter Philip Varney is the author of six ghost-town guides, including Ghost Towns of Colorado, Ghost Towns of Northern California, and Ghost Towns of the Pacific Northwest. He is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways magazine and frequently leads travel groups on ghost-town tours. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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