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Ghost Towns: Stories of the Great American Gold Rush and Stories of America 's Historic Inns
Ghost Towns: Stories fo the Great American Gold Rush: Leaving their wives, children, home and jobs, men raced west in a mad rush to find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Towns sprang up overnight;banks, general stores, boarding houses and saloons all filled up with prospectors, hustlers, gamblers and outlaws. Some came to mine gold. Others came to mine the miners. Men and women lived fast and most moved on as rumors of new strikes attracted them to a better tomorrow. Left behind were empty buildings and silent streets. This collection brings to life 11 ghost towns where the stories are as fascinating as any in American history: Coloma, CA;Grass Valley, CA;Murphys, CA;Virginia City, NV;Sutro, NV;Bodie, CA;Buckskin Joe, CO;Lake City, CO;Bannack, MT;Vulture City, AZ;and Mogollon, NM.
Stories of America's Historic Inns: Meet the people and see the places where much of America's history took place. These inns, taverns and stagecoach stops housed revolutionary War heroes and western desperados. Jack London wrote a short story in one of them. Laurence Olivier married Vivien Leigh in the courtyard of another. A California cottage overlooking the Pacific was the honeymoon hideaway for Jackie and JFK. Brimming with nostalgia, these fascinating inns are still open today, extending the same warm hospitality of gernerations past: St. Francis Inn, St. Augustine, FL Est 1791;Robert Morris Inn, Oxford, MD Est 1710;Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck NY Est 1766;Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge MA Est 1773;Stillman's Inn, Galena, IL Est 1858;Monmouth Plantation, Natchez, MS Est 1826;St James Hotel, Cimarron, NM Est 1880;Wolf Creek Tavern, Wolf Creek, OR Est 1873;and San Ysidro Ranch, Montecito, CA Est 1893.