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Ghost Towns of the Rockies


Rocky Mountain ghost towns are filled with chilling, but captivating stories. Horace Tabor was said to be the fifth richest man in the United States and he wore night shirts studded with gold buttons. But in the silver panic of 1893, Tabor lost his fortune and was reduced to working for sixty-five cents a day at the time of his death. South Pass City, Wyoming, was the home of the women's suffrage movement and it was here that the first woman was sworn to a political office. The Carissa Mine poured millions of dollars into South Pass and by 1873 there, were 4,000 residents-it was a bustling place. Today, it lies abandoned and desolate, with less than seven residents living year around. Read about Annabelle Stark of St. Elmo, Colorado, a long time local who still is believed to haunt the hotel at St. Elmo and Olive Oatman who was captured by Indians near Gila Bend and held in captivity for years before her brother found her. A handy guide of rags-to-riches stories and silent hardships, the ghost towns depicted here will appeal to travelers, archeologists, artists, historians, anthropologists, and individuals from any walk of life.

- Tours over 50 towns that experienced boom and bust cycles
- Juicy pieces of history captured in sidebars
- Heartrendind stories of miners and their families who helped to shape the American dream

By Preethi Burkholder.
Copyright 2010 P. Burkholder.
Published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
191 pages, over 25 B&W images.
6" x 9" paperback.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-3569-3

About the author:
Preethi Burkholder is originaly from Sri Lanka, where she lived for twenty years. Her interest in ghost towns of the Rocky Mountains was born as she spent one summer volunteering for the USDA Forrest Service in Moticello and Moab, Utah. After moving to Colorado, which eventually turned out to be her dwelling place, she began to nurture her interest in ghost towns. Being an immigrant herself, she developed a fondness for learning about immigrants who made it to America in search of gold and silver. Preethi Burkholder is a wife, mother, an author; a pianist, and a curious individual who loves to travel. She has a Master's Degree in Ethnomusicology. Preethi lives happily with her husband and daughter in Colorado.

Preethi has also presented programs centered around her books as part of the Colorado Railroad Museum's Colorado Rails and Cocktails lecture series.


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