"Ghost towns inspire a strange, sometimes eerie fascination. Those that survive today take many different forms, but all may be viewed as monuments to the adventures of men and women who went west to seek their fortunes and in the process helped settle and build this nation."
The previous excerpt is from a book titled "Ghost Towns of the American West" written by Bill O'Neal and published in 1995. The following are some of the many great photos from the book.
Regional map shows the approximate locations of the ghost towns featured in this book.
Central City, Colorado in the early 1900's. In its early days, the town rivaled Denver as a site for Colorado's territorial capital.
Cripple Creek, Colorado prior to the arrival of the first rail line in the summer of 1894. The Cripple Creek District was served by several stagecoach and wagon freighting companies, including this Kuykendall Transportation Company stage.
Deadwood, South Dakota's busy Main Street in 1876. The frontier town was less than a year old when this photo was taken, its rapid growth fueled by the discovery of gold in the surrounding hills.
Interior of Idaho City's Boise Basin Mercantile. The date of the photo is unknown, but the building was constructed in 1865 and still stands as Idaho's oldest existing building.
Jacksonville, Oregon. White bearded C.C. Beekman, banker and civic leader, in his bank with one of his employees. The Beekman Bank was constructed in 1862 on the corner of California and Third streets.
The "Queen of the Owyhee," Silver City produced enormous amounts of silver and gold ore, then drifted into obscurity and became the queen of Idaho ghost towns. Street scene in the 1890's.
Tonopah, Nevada in March of 1907. The five story Mizpah Hotel dominated the upper part of town, while the Big Casino anchored the tenderloin district on lower Main Street.
Content Corner was built for Soloman P. Content on the south side of Wallace Street at the intersection of Jackson. When completed in September of 1864, it was Virginia City, Montana's most impressive business structure.