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Ghost Towns Alive by Linda G. Harris
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Jan 15, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: history, new_mexico
Recommended for: day trippers
Read in January, 2008

Damn it! I just realized I have ANOTHER book on ghost towns, after listing two others (one of which is great). Well, this one is easier to talk about because it really isn’t (though it is) a guide per se. The book is better produced than the others with a greater historical background to the sites. Also—most of these sites still have some form of human habitation so they are not really ghost towns (that would explain the Alive! part). Take Pinos Altos for example—one of my favorite places—but the old school is a museum, the opera house is still used and the bar (the Elkhorn, yum) is a hang out for the dozen or so locals. Not really a ghost town, I say. The historical research is excellent—not too detailed—just right for a History Lite kind of guy like myself. This is the kind of book you read at home and don’t take it on the road with you. It’s good and entertaining. Verges on being a coffee table book. Don’t worry, it’s okay.

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