Southern California s Best Ghost Towns

Southern California s Best Ghost Towns

Describes sixty ghost towns and the reasons for their decline.

Author: Philip Varney

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ISBN: 0806122528

Category: Travel

Page: 137

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Describes sixty ghost towns and the reasons for their decline.
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Southern California s Best Ghost Towns

Southern California s Best Ghost Towns

For historical detail beyond what this chapter includes , consult Ghost Towns of the Upper Mojave Desert ... mines yielded a total of between $ 13 and $ 20 million , making Calico the greatest of the Southern California silver towns .

Author: Philip Varney

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806126086

Category: Travel

Page: 152

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The ghost towns of Southern California-some dramatic and nearly intact, others devastated-are well worth visiting. Most are remnants of once-colorful mining towns, though there are also railroad towns, a World War II relocation center, a promoter's swindle, and a failed socialist colony. Some excellent attractions remain. One of the best-preserved stamp mills in the West is in Skidoo. Smelters, homes, stores, and the remarkable wooden American Hotel can be found in Cerro Gordo, which the author calls "California's best true ghost town." Seasoned back-roads traveler Philip Varney, who has visited nearly a hundred ghost towns in the area, provides a down-to-earth and helpful guide to more than sixty of the best in Southern California and nearby Inyo and Kern counties. He defines a ghost town as a town with a population markedly decreased from its peak, one whose initial reason for settlement no longer keeps people there. It can be completely deserted, have a resident or two, or retain genuine signs of vitality, but Varney has eliminated those towns he considers either too populated or too empty of significant remains. The sites are grouped in four chapters in Inyo County, Death Valley, the Mojave Desert and Kern River, and the regions surrounding Los Angeles and San Diego. Each chapter provides a map of the region, a ranking of sites as "major," "secondary," and "minor," information on road conditions, trip suggestions, and tips on the use of particular topographic maps for readers interested in more detailed exploration. Each entry includes directions to a town, a brief history of that town, and notes on its special points of interest. Current photographs provide a valuable record of the sometimes fragile sites. Southern California's Best Ghost Towns will be welcomed both by those who enjoy traveling off the beaten path and by those who enjoy the history of the American West.
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Ghost Towns of California

Ghost Towns of California

PHILIP VARNEY is the author of eight ghost town guidebooks, including Ghost Towns of the Mountain West, Arizona's Ghost Towns and Mining Camps, Southern California's Best Ghost Towns, and New Mexico's Best Ghost Towns.

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Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 9780760340820

Category: Travel

Page: 240

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"A guide to the best ghost towns of California. Once thriving, these abandoned mining camps and pioneer villages still ring with history. Philip Varney equips you with everything you need to explore these sites, including maps, directions, history, and photos"--Provided by publisher.
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California Trails Desert Region

California Trails Desert Region

Mitchell , James R. Gem Trails of Southern California . Baldwin Park , Calif . ... Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of California . Santa Barbara , Calif . ... Southern California's Best Ghost Towns . Norman , Okla .

Author: Peter Massey

Publisher: Adler Publishing

ISBN: 1930193203

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 337

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This edition of our Trails series contains detailed backcountry trail information for 51 offroad routes located near the towns of Lone Pine (east), Panamint Springs, Death Valley area, Ridgecrest, Barstow, Baker and Blythe. NEW, full COLOR addition to our Trails series! These handy 6x9? books include scenic drives plus a whole lot more! Including some of America's best mountain biking, hiking, camping and fishing areas! Ghost towns galore? Step back into the past while wandering through abandoned mining areas, old buildings, and even entire towns. INCLUDES GPS coordinates throughout each book.
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New Mexico s Best Ghost Towns

New Mexico s Best Ghost Towns

AILROADS WERE THE LIFE AND DEATH RE of all the ghost towns in this chapter except one . ... present site in 1881 when the Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe lines met , creating the first transcontinental railway to southern California .

Author: Philip Varney

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 0826310109

Category: History

Page: 190

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This useful guidebook surveys more than 80 ghost towns, grouped by geographic area. First published in 1981 and now available only from UNM Press, it has been praised in particular for its instructions on how to reach even the most obscure sites. "An invaluable guide to anybody wanting to visit any of New Mexico's ghost towns."--Howard Bryan,Albuquerque Tribune
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California Trails South Coast Region

California Trails South Coast Region

Rescue , Calif .: Deer Valley Press , 1999 . Thrap , Dan L. Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography . 3 vols . Lincoln , Nebr .: University of Nebraska Press , 1988 . Varney , Philip . Southern California's Best Ghost Towns . Norman , Okla .

Author: Peter Massey

Publisher: Adler Publishing

ISBN: 1930193246

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 254

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This field guide includes meticulous scenic drives and details for 50 trails located near the towns of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Salton Sea, Indio, Borrego Springs, Ocotillo and Palo Verde. NEW, full COLOR addition to our Trails series! These handy 6x9? books include scenic drives plus a whole lot more! Including some of America's best mountain biking, hiking, camping and fishing areas! Ghost towns galore? Step back into the past while wandering through abandoned mining areas, old buildings, and even entire towns. INCLUDES GPS coordinates throughout each book.
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California Trails Central Mountains Region

California Trails Central Mountains Region

3 vols . Lincoln , Nebr .: University of Nebraska Press , 1988 . National Audubon Society Field Guide to California . New York : Alfred A. Knopf , Inc. , Varney , Philip . Southern California's Best 1998 . Ghost Towns . Norman , Okla .

Author: Peter Massey

Publisher: Adler Publishing

ISBN: 193019319X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 305

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This guide is comprised of painstaking detail and descriptions for 52 trails located near the towns of Big Sur, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, Mojave, and Maricopa. NEW, full COLOR addition to our Trails series! These handy 6x9? books include scenic drives plus a whole lot more! Including some of America's best mountain biking, hiking, camping and fishing areas! Ghost towns galore? Step back into the past while wandering through abandoned mining areas, old buildings, and even entire towns. INCLUDES GPS coordinates throughout each book.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Southern California Quarterly

Southern California Quarterly

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S BEST GHOST TOWNS : A Practical Guide . By Philip Varney . ( Norman : University of Oklahoma Press , 1990. 152 pp . , $ 24.95 . ) Reviewed by Donald H. Pflueger . Philip Varney - hiker , biker , and ghost town ...

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ISBN: UVA:X002129308

Category: California, Southern

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Riding the High Wire

Riding the High Wire

Michael Digonnet, Hiking Death Valley: A Guide to Its Natural Wonders and Mining Past (Palo Alto, CA: n.p., 1997), 127– 132; Philip Varney, Southern California's Best Ghost Towns (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990), 33–35.

Author: Robert A. Trennert

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 9780870817045

Category: History

Page: 176

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Riding the High Wire is the first comprehensive history of aerial mine tramways in the American West, describing their place in the evolution of mining after 1870. Robert A. Trennert shows how the mid-nineteenth century development of wire rope manufacturing made it possible for American entrepreneurs such as Andrew S. Hallidie and Charles Huson to begin erecting single-rope tramways in the 1870s and 1880s. Their inventions were followed by the more substantial double-rope systems imported from Europe. By the turn of the century, aerial tramways were common throughout western mining regions, hauling everything from gold and silver ore to coal and salt and changing the face of the industry. Aerial mine tramways proved to have a special fascination; people often rode them for a thrill, sometimes with disastrous results. They were also very temperamental, needed constant attention, and were prone to accidents. The years between 1900 and 1920 saw the operation of some of the west's most spectacular tramways, but the decline in high-country mining beginning in the 1920s--coupled with the development of more efficient means of transportation--made this technology all but obsolete by the end of the Second World War. Historians and the general reader will be equally enthralled by Trennert's fascinating story of the rise and fall of aerial mine tramways. "Professor Trennert has explored a new area of mining history, and is to be commended for his pioneering work." --Liston Leyendecker, author of The Griffith Family and the Founding of Georgetown.
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Ghost Towns of the West

Ghost Towns of the West

The mine was named in hopeful emulation of a huge gold strike in South Randsburg's Butte Street contains several of the best ghost town buildings in Southern California. Here you see the General Store, the adobe former post office, ...

Author: Philip Varney

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 9780760350416

Category: Travel

Page: 336

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Ghosts Towns of the West is the essential guidebook to the glory days of the Old West! Ghost Towns of the West blazes a trail through the dusty crossroads and mossy cemeteries of the American West, including one-time boomtowns in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The book reveals the little-known stories of long-dead soldiers, American Indians, settlers, farmers, and miners. This essential guidebook to the historic remains of centuries' past includes maps, town histories, color and historical photographs, and detailed directions to these out-of-the-way outdoor museums of the West. Plan your road trips by chapter--each section covers a geographic area and town entries are arranged by location to make this the most user-friendly book on ghost towns west of the Mississippi. Ghost towns are within a short drive of major cities out West, and they make excellent day trip excursions. If you happen to be in or near Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, or El Paso, for example, you ought to veer towards the nearest ghost town. Western ghost towns can also easily be visited during jaunts to national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Crater Lake, Mount Rainier, Glacier, Yellowstone, and many others throughout the West. Ghost Towns of the West is a comprehensive guide to former boomtowns of the American West, covering ghost towns in eleven states from Washington to New Mexico, and from California to Montana. This book has everything you need to learn about, visit, and explore a modern remnant of how life used to be on the western range.
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The World of the American West A Daily Life Encyclopedia 2 volumes

The World of the American West  A Daily Life Encyclopedia  2 volumes

“Ghost Towns and Mining Camps.” n.d. Legends of America. Last accessed February 1, 2016. http://www.legendsofamerica.com/ghosttowns.html. “Ghost Towns of the Rockies. ... Southern California's Best Ghost Towns: A Practical Guide.

Author: Gordon Morris Bakken

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440828607

Category: History

Page: 943

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Addressing everything from the details of everyday life to recreation and warfare, this two-volume work examines the social, political, intellectual, and material culture of the American "Old West," from the California Gold Rush of 1849 to the end of the 19th century. • Offers insights based on social history and the daily experience of the average person to engage students' interest and curiosity rather than focusing on the events, dates, and names of "traditional history" • Presents information within a thematic organization that encourages a more in-depth study of specific aspects of daily life in the Old West • Includes related primary documents that enable students to view history more directly and reach their own conclusions about past events • Examines a wide range of topics such as work, family life, clothing and fashion, food and drink, housing and community, politics, social customs, spirituality, and technology • Provides a general introduction per volume, individual topic introductions, numerous images and illustrations, a timeline of events, and a bibliography identifying print and nonprint resources
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Chief s Clipboard

Chief s Clipboard

In a book called Southern California's Best Ghost Towns , author Phillip Varney writes , “ Ghost towns are enormously appealing ; they provide perversely comforting proof that progress is not a smooth road forward into a glorious future ...

Author: Ronny J. Coleman

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 0763736163

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 228

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A beloved, well-respected figure in the fire community, Chief Ronny Coleman has spent the last 20 years imparting his wisdom in the pages of Fire Chief Magazine. Chief's Clipboard collects 100 of the most influential columns from Chief Coleman's writings. These columns address a broad range of issues from leadership, to health and safety, to succession planning that all fire chiefs face in the course of their daily work. Many of the columns reflect actual events and critical turning points in the careers of firefighters moving up through the ranks.Chief's Clipboard offers sound advice on how fire chiefs should develop their leadership, engage their staff, survive political situations within their organizations and communities, take care of themselves, and bring honor to the profession. Chief Coleman's real-world approach and his ability to summon the future of the fire service and place it in a context that all can understand make this an invaluable addition to any fire chief's reading list.
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The Branding Iron

The Branding Iron

FEBRUARY 1992 MEETING At the February meeting Philip Varney spoke on “ Southern California's Best Ghost Towns , " illustrating his talk with colored slides of now deserted sites that , in some locations , only he and some nimble native ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105016123692

Category: West (U.S.)

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Categories: West (U.S.)

Best Tent Camping Southern California

Best Tent Camping  Southern California

... American Indian pictographs and petroglyphs, historic settler trails, stage stops, and ghost towns. A good way to come into Arroyo Salado is on CA 86, off I-10, via the cities of Indio and Coachella through the date palm orchards.

Author: Charles Patterson

Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press

ISBN: 9781634040471

Category: Travel

Page: 192

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Desert camping in Death Valley? Check. Glacier camping in the Sierras? Check. That's Southern California for you—an area of staggering diversity and awesome natural beauty. From the aromatic pine woods and cascading streams of the southern Sierra Nevada to the starkly beautiful desert landscapes of Death Valley, Best Tent Camping: Southern California is a guidebook for tent campers who like quiet, scenic, and serene campsites. In this guide, you’ll find essential information about each campground (including season, facilities, rates, directions, GPS coordinates, and websites), as well as a description of the campground, the best sites, and nearby activities such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, and mountain biking. Each profile has been painstakingly researched and is perfect for the beginner camper as well as the veteran. Offering detailed profiles, at-a-glance information, color photographs and campground maps, directions, and coordinates, this guide offers campers a truly comprehensive look at the best that the Golden State's southern region has to offer.
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The Best in Tent Camping Southern California

The Best in Tent Camping  Southern California

In that spirit, the ghost town of Rhyolite, and Beatty, with its gambling casinos (64 miles away), are just around the corner, as are the mining towns of park pass elevation: 1,800 feet restrictions: Pets: On leash only Fires: In ...

Author: Charles Patterson

Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press

ISBN: 9780897327633

Category: Travel

Page: 180

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Desert camping in Death Valley? Check. Glacier camping in the Sierras? Check. That's Southern California for you -- an area of staggering diversity and awesome natural beauty. With such a wide array of camping opportunities, The Best in Tent Camping: Southern California is an indispensable guide for bringing enthusiasts to their ideal campsite. Offering detailed profiles, at-a-glance information, campground maps, directions, and coordinates, this guide offers campers a truly comprehensive look at the best that the Golden State's southern region has to offer.
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Backcountry Adventures Southern California

Backcountry Adventures Southern California

Historical Atlas of California. Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press, 1974. Belden, L. Burr, and Mary DeDecker. Death Valley to Yosemite: Frontier Mining Camps and Ghost Towns. Bishop, Calif.: Spotted Dog Press, Inc., 1998.

Author: Peter Massey

Publisher: Adler Publishing

ISBN: 9781930193260

Category: Travel

Page: 637

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Beautifully crafted, high quality, sewn, 4 color guidebook. Part of a multiple book series of books on travel through America's beautiful and historic backcountry. Directions and maps to 2,970 miles of routes that travel through the beautiful mountain regions of Big Sur, across the arid Mojave Desert, and straight into the heart of the aptly named Death Valley. Trail history comes alive through the accounts of Spanish Missionaries; eager prospectors looking to cash in during California's gold rush; and legends of lost mines. Includes wildlife information and photographs to help readers identify the great variety of native birds, plants, and animal they are likely to see. Contains 153 trails, 640 pages, and 645 photos.
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Fodor s Southern California

Fodor s Southern California

with Los Angeles, San Diego, the Central Coast & the Best Road Trips Fodor's Travel Guides ... Great ghost towns: California's gold rush brought miners to the Mojave, and the towns they left behind have their own unique charms.

Author: Fodor's Travel Guides

Publisher: Fodor's Travel

ISBN: 9781640971912

Category: Travel

Page: 616

View: 336

For a limited time, receive a free Fodor's Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel e-book with the purchase of this guidebook! Go to fodors.com for details. Whether you want to wander the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, lounge poolside in Palm Springs, or marvel at the San Diego Zoo, the local Fodor’s travel experts in Southern California are here to help! Fodor’s Southern California guidebook is packed with maps, carefully curated recommendations, and everything else you need to simplify your trip-planning process and make the most of your time. This new edition has been FULLY-REDESIGNED with an easy-to-read layout, fresh information, and beautiful color photos. GET INSPIRED AN ILLUSTRATED ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE to the top things to see and do PHOTO-FILLED “BEST OF” FEATURES on Disneyland, incredible beaches, and the best road trips. COLOR PHOTOS throughout to spark your wanderlust! UP-TO-DATE and HONEST RECOMMENDATIONS for the sights, restaurants, hotels, nightlife, shopping, performing arts, activities, and more GET PLANNING MULTIPLE ITINERARIES to effectively organize your days and maximize your time SPECIAL FEATURES on Highway 1 (the Ultimate California Road Trip) and the San Diego Zoo COVERS: Los Angeles, Orange County and Disneyland, San Diego, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Big Sur, the Central Valley, Monterey, Yosemite, Death Valley, the Southern Sierras, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree, and more. GET GOING MORE THAN 20 DETAILED MAPS help you plot your itinerary and navigate confidently. EXPERT RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS offer options for every taste. TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS AND PRACTICAL TIPS on when to go, getting around, beating the crowds, and saving time and money HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL INSIGHTS providing rich context on the local people, politics, art, architecture, cuisine, music, geography and more LOCAL WRITERS to help you find the under-the-radar gems. Planning on visiting more of California? Check out Fodor’s Northern California, Fodor’s Los Angeles, Fodor’s San Diego, and Fodor’s San Francisco. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor’s has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years. For more travel inspiration, you can sign up for our travel newsletter at fodors.com/newsletter/signup, or follow us @FodorsTravel on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We invite you to join our friendly community of travel experts at fodors.com/community to ask any other questions and share your experience with us! IMPORTANT NOTE: The digital edition of this guide does not contain all the images included in the physical edition.
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Encyclopedia of Immigration and Migration in the American West

Encyclopedia of Immigration and Migration in the American West

In Nevada, many mining towns cropped up as prospectors looked for a second Comstock. Rhyolite, Nevada, is a textbook example of a boom-to-bust mining town. Whether they were in the deserts or ... Southern California's Best Ghost Towns.

Author: Gordon Morris Bakken

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781452265346

Category: History

Page: 944

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The Encyclopedia of Immigration and Migration in the American West provides much more than ethnic groups crossing the plains, landing at ports, or crossing borders; this two-volume work makes the history of the American West an important part of the American experience. Through sweeping entries, focused biographies, community histories, economic enterprise analysis, and demographic studies, this Encyclopedia presents the tapestry of the West and its population during various periods of migration. The two volumes examine the settling of the West and include coverage of movements of American Indians, African Americans, and the often-forgotten role of women in the West's development.
Categories: History

Tourism and Earthquakes

Tourism and Earthquakes

Spinelli, B. (2012) L'Aquila, la città che non c'è più invasa da New Town fantasma. La Repubblica, 6 June [online]. ... Varney, P. (1994) Southern California's Best Ghost Towns: A Practical Guide. Oklahoma: Norman Publishing.

Author: Prof. C. Michael Hall

Publisher: Channel View Publications

ISBN: 9781845417888

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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This book offers a comprehensive overview of the relationship between tourism and earthquakes through all stages of a disaster. It discusses the measures available to manage tourism after earthquakes and examines the means to mitigate the potential impacts of earthquakes on tourism. The chapters address important questions such as ‘are tourists who come to earthquake regions immediately after an earthquake a benefit or a burden for recovery?’ and ‘should priority be given to evacuate tourists after an earthquake hits?’. The volume provides insights into the ethical, commercial and socioeconomic issues facing tourism after a major earthquake. It will be useful to students and researchers in tourism studies, tourism planning and marketing, natural hazards, and destination and disaster management.
Categories: Business & Economics

Arizona Ghost Towns and Mining Camps

Arizona Ghost Towns and Mining Camps

About the Author Acknowledcnents Philip Varney saw his first ghost town , in Colorado , when he was 11. ... Some of his books include New Mexico's Best Ghost Towns ( New Mexico Press ) , Southern California's Best Ghost Towns ( Oklahoma ...

Author: Philip Varney

Publisher: Arizona Highways

ISBN: 0916179443

Category: Travel

Page: 136

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A guide to ghost towns and abandoned mining camps in Arizona includes historical photographs, a color portfolio, regional maps, descriptions, and directions to each site.
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