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Title:
Ghost towns of Northern California : your guide to ghost towns and historic mining camps
Author:
Varney, Philip.
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Publication Information:
Stillwater, MN : Voyageur Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780896584440

9780896584426
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Book

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A pictorial discovery guide through about 50 of Northern California's most fascinating ghost towns. From out-of-the-way Campo Seco and New Idria to popular sites such as Coloma and Bodie. Arranged by region with travel information, rich color photos and maps.


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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 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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Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

To the Readerp. 8
Introduction: "Gold! Gold! Gold in the American River!"p. 10
Chapter 1 Ghosts of the Mother Lodep. 15
The Coloma Areap. 16
Colomap. 16
Georgetownp. 22
The Jackson Areap. 24
Jacksonp. 24
Volcanop. 24
Fiddletownp. 30
Amador Cityp. 32
Mokelumne Hillp. 33
Campo Secop. 35
The Columbia Areap. 38
Columbiap. 38
Murphysp. 41
Sheep Ranchp. 46
Chinese Campp. 49
Knights Ferryp. 51
The Coulterville Areap. 52
Coultervillep. 52
Bear Valleyp. 55
Hornitosp. 56
La Grangep. 57
Chapter 2 Ghosts of the Northern Minesp. 61
The Grass Valley Areap. 62
Nevada Cityp. 62
The Grass Valley Loopp. 65
Rough and Readyp. 65
Smartvillep. 66
Timbuctoop. 66
Bridgeportp. 69
French Corralp. 71
North San Juanp. 71
North Bloomfield and Malakoff Diggins State Historic Parkp. 72
Gold Run and Dutch Flatp. 76
Gold Runp. 76
Dutch Flatp. 77
The Oroville Areap. 79
Oregon City and Cherokeep. 79
Oregon Cityp. 79
Cherokeep. 80
Forbestown, Strawberry Valley, and La Portep. 81
Forbestownp. 81
Strawberry Valleyp. 81
La Portep. 83
Johnsville and Plumas-Eureka State Parkp. 83
Plumas-Eureka State Parkp. 83
Johnsvillep. 84
Sierra Cityp. 84
Downievillep. 85
Forest Cityp. 88
Chapter 3 Ghosts of the North Countryp. 91
The Redding Areap. 92
Shastap. 92
French Gulchp. 95
Weavervillep. 95
Helenap. 99
Callahanp. 100
Hamburgp. 102
Ingotp. 103
Fort Bidwell and High Gradep. 105
Fort Bidwellp. 105
High Gradep. 106
Chapter 4 Ghosts of San Francisco Bayp. 109
Alcatrazp. 110
Angel Islandp. 115
China Campp. 119
Somersville (The Black Diamond Mines)p. 122
Lockep. 122
Drawbridgep. 126
New Almadenp. 126
New Idriap. 131
Chapter 5 Ghosts of the Eastern Sierrap. 133
Bodiep. 134
Masonicp. 143
Bennettvillep. 148
Mono Passp. 148
Glossary of Mining Termsp. 152
Bibliographyp. 154
Acknowledgmentsp. 156
Indexp. 158
About the Author and Photographersp. 160
To the Readerp. 8
Introduction: "Gold! Gold! Gold in the American River!"p. 10
Chapter 1 Ghosts of the Mother Lodep. 15
The Coloma Areap. 16
Colomap. 16
Georgetownp. 22
The Jackson Areap. 24
Jacksonp. 24
Volcanop. 24
Fiddletownp. 30
Amador Cityp. 32
Mokelumne Hillp. 33
Campo Secop. 35
The Columbia Areap. 38
Columbiap. 38
Murphysp. 41
Sheep Ranchp. 46
Chinese Campp. 49
Knights Ferryp. 51
The Coulterville Areap. 52
Coultervillep. 52
Bear Valleyp. 55
Hornitosp. 56
La Grangep. 57
Chapter 2 Ghosts of the Northern Minesp. 61
The Grass Valley Areap. 62
Nevada Cityp. 62
The Grass Valley Loopp. 65
Rough and Readyp. 65
Smartvillep. 66
Timbuctoop. 66
Bridgeportp. 69
French Corralp. 71
North San Juanp. 71
North Bloomfield and Malakoff Diggins State Historic Parkp. 72
Gold Run and Dutch Flatp. 76
Gold Runp. 76
Dutch Flatp. 77
The Oroville Areap. 79
Oregon City and Cherokeep. 79
Oregon Cityp. 79
Cherokeep. 80
Forbestown, Strawberry Valley, and La Portep. 81
Forbestownp. 81
Strawberry Valleyp. 81
La Portep. 83
Johnsville and Plumas-Eureka State Parkp. 83
Plumas-Eureka State Parkp. 83
Johnsvillep. 84
Sierra Cityp. 84
Downievillep. 85
Forest Cityp. 88
Chapter 3 Ghosts of the North Countryp. 91
The Redding Areap. 92
Shastap. 92
French Gulchp. 95
Weavervillep. 95
Helenap. 99
Callahanp. 100
Hamburgp. 102
Ingotp. 103
Fort Bidwell and High Gradep. 105
Fort Bidwellp. 105
High Gradep. 106
Chapter 4 Ghosts of San Francisco Bayp. 109
Alcatrazp. 110
Angel Islandp. 115
China Campp. 119
Somersville (The Black Diamond Mines)p. 122
Lockep. 122
Drawbridgep. 126
New Almadenp. 126
New Idriap. 131
Chapter 5 Ghosts of the Eastern Sierrap. 133
Bodiep. 134
Masonicp. 143
Bennettvillep. 148
Mono Passp. 148
Glossary of Mining Termsp. 152
Bibliographyp. 154
Acknowledgmentsp. 156
Indexp. 158
About the Author and Photographersp. 160

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