Last month this month I mentioned a couple projects I’ve started. The first is a book I’m writing about Old West ghost towns, which will be out from Shire Books/Random House this fall.
This opportunity is a dream come true, and I’m amazed at how things fell into place. I’ve been enamored– nay, obsessed– with ghost towns for well over a decade. I’m excited to share this passion in book form.
I’ll post more about this in the coming weeks, but I wanted to take an opportunity to crowd-source a little.
For various reasons, I’ve narrowed the focus of this book to ghost towns from the Old West era. The goal– to explore the concept in an Old West context: What are ghost towns? How did they rise and why did they fall? What’s the secret of their appeal?
To that end, the book profiles several key western ghost towns in detail and many others in partial detail. It will include lists and as many photos as I can pack in. The detailed profiles are done, but I have room for a few more mentions and thought I’d ask your opinion before finishing up.
So here are my questions to you: If you were to list your favorite ghost towns, which would you include? Why? Is there a town you’ve been fascinated with but is virtually unknown or underrated? What’s the most photogenic ghost town? The most bizarre? The most intact?
Feel free to comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to your replies!