Historic Photos of Florida Ghost Towns

Historic Photos of Florida Ghost Towns

by Steve Rajtar
     
 

Unlike the movie ghost towns of the Old West, the ghost towns in Florida don’t have tumbleweeds rolling on deserted dirt roads, abandoned wooden saloons, and lone drifters on horseback. Although the landscape may have dramatically changed, many of these once-thriving communities declined due to widespread economic changes, disastrous weather, company closings

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Overview

Unlike the movie ghost towns of the Old West, the ghost towns in Florida don’t have tumbleweeds rolling on deserted dirt roads, abandoned wooden saloons, and lone drifters on horseback. Although the landscape may have dramatically changed, many of these once-thriving communities declined due to widespread economic changes, disastrous weather, company closings, or vital industries disappearing or moving elsewhere. In fact, some of these so-called ghost towns have been absorbed by larger cities still inhabited by Floridians today. In Historic Photos of Florida Ghost Towns, author Steve Rajtar takes readers decades back in Florida’s history to discover these ghost towns through the lens of two hundred black-and-white photographs—in some cases, the only remains of these forgotten towns. Explore the landscapes, houses, schools, businesses, organizations, places of worship, and people who once called these now-nonexistent towns home. Imagine what life was like in hundreds of these tight-knit communities as you explore a century and a half of this sunny, populous state that many still call home.

Editorial Reviews

biblioklept.org
Historic Photos of Florida Ghost Towns pairs beautiful black and white archival photos with detailed commentary by Steve Rajtar to offer a counter-narrative to the traditional history of Florida. Ghost Towns takes a look at the many historical sites in Florida that were destroyed, absorbed, or abandoned as the state bounded to modernity. Historic Photos of Florida Ghost Towns will be a welcome addition to any Florida history buff's library, as well as a handsome book for any Floridian's coffee table. It's also a worthy document to testify to an alternate and often overlooked element of Florida history. Florida has a rich, storied past, and Ghost Towns helps to honor that. Recommended.
Florida Today
Historic Photos of Florida Ghost Towns captures forgotten places and ways of life through pictures of everything from plantations to picnics to prisoners. The lost locations are interesting, but just as compelling are the faces of those in the photos.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596525528
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/28/2010
Series:
Historic Photos Series
Pages:
206
Sales rank:
1,114,567
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Steve Rajtar has written over 20 books, each dealing with history, particularly that of Florida. Among these works are Historic Photos of Florida Tourist Attractions, Historic Photos of Gainesville, and Historic Photos of the University of Florida, all available from Turner Publishing. Rajtar grew up near Cleveland, Ohio, and after graduating from the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida, entered the practice of law. He continues in that profession today.
A love of the outdoors and a fascination with local history inspired one of his hobbies: leading historical tours in Florida's communities of today and yesteryear. He is shown here at one of his favorite historical sites, the 1820 cemetery in the ghost town of Newnansville.

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