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Ghost Town Links

Info about ghost towns in CA and NV; has an extensive reference list.

Lots of interesting pictures and some information.

Personal website of people who like ghost towns and visit a lot, so pictures of their trips (mostly in NV) and brief info about the sites.

Good info about a ghost town in Montana. Interesting info and pictures from a ghost town in Montana.

Interesting stories and pictures, plus some definitions about Texas.

Lots of info, stories and pictures from ghost towns all over Canada, plus a java jigsaw puzzle!

Lots of info from the Museum of the City of San Francisco on the gold rush in California--mining techniques, info about gold, etc.

Education resources/lesson plans:

Images of the West
Compare the works of artists and photographers who documented and interpreted the landscape and its inhabitants; analyze how these artists and photographers contributed to the myth of the West.

Making Myths: The West in Public and Private Writings
Determine how popular novels, short stories, and other works of fiction came to typify a western mythic image, and contrast these versions of the West with the diaries and letters of the pioneers who documented their own travails.

Gold Fever Teacher's Guide
Compare the California and Klondike gold rushes, and investigate the experiences of pioneers and gold seekers.

Info from California on gold rush and lesson plans/activities.

Images of the West
Compare the works of artists and photographers who documented and interpreted the landscape and its inhabitants; analyze how these artists and photographers contributed to the myth of the West.

Making Myths: The West in Public and Private Writings
Determine how popular novels, short stories, and other works of fiction came to typify a western mythic image, and contrast these versions of the West with the diaries and letters of the pioneers who documented their own travails.

Gold Fever Teacher's Guide
Compare the California and Klondike gold rushes, and investigate the experiences of pioneers and gold seekers.

The Changing Role of the Iron Range
The iron range located in northern Minnesota is a unique geographical area that can teach children many valuable things. It can teach students about maps, immigration, and natural resources. This lesson teaches students about mining, natural resources, and economies. The iron range is used as a case study, We will be tracking ore mining to taconite to tourism. Students will have an understanding of the role that natural resources has on economies that can lead to ghost towns.

From Boom Town to Ghost Town
In order to fully understand the geographic concept of natural resource use, students should learn about the ways that resource extraction affects the physical and human landscape. In this lesson, provided by National Geographic, they'll discuss how a specific economic activity in a region can facilitate the creation of towns, which often turn into ghost towns if the economic activity ends.

Reviving Bodie
In this lesson, students will practice applying their geography skills and knowledge to making predictions and plans for the future. They'll learn about the California ghost town of Bodie and pretend that the state wants to bring the town back to life. They'll write guidebooks explaining to Bodie's potential newcomers what they should know about the town's climate, landscape, location, natural resources, and history.

Your Town in the Past, Present and Future
This lesson illustrates one way that the study of geography can be applied to planning for the future. Students will research an environmental issue that affects their town or region, draw pictures assuming two possible outcomes for the problem in fifty years (one negative and one positive), using a California ghost town as an example.