GHOST TOWN USA is a large website incorporating five basic subject areas: 

  • Genealogy (Sorry - no updates since 2005)
  • Ghost Towns
  • License Plate Collecting
  • History of the City of Moreno Valley (CA)
  • Treasure Hunting


This site map for GHOST TOWN USA’s website should help you navigate these pages, and aid you in moving about our web site. 


NOTE:  Beginning in 2014, I started transferring many files into a different format to feature photos and other graphics on the same page as the vignettes.  As this is a time-consuming process, some links and backlinks might be down or messed up.  IF you find one, please let me know.  I am doing this to enable photos to appear on the page, rather than as links.  I have noticed that if multiple photos are linked on one page, often times the links get messed up.  Toyah, TX and the Tintic Mining District, UT are two examples I have recently discovered.  Therefore, the change in formatting.




General Layout




o   Details (typical for each section)

§  Sub-Details

·        Sub-sub details

o   Sub-sub-sub details






·       LINKS







o   List of Publications for Sale

·             Dust in the Wind – A Guide to American Ghost Towns

o     Cover photo

·             Ghost Town Guru Guides

·             Ghost Towns Yesterday & TodayTM

o     Cover Photo



PLEASE NOTE:  Any photos of these families will be listed under the individual family, NOT independently as the ghost town photos are

§  Abendbrot, Adkins/Atkins/Atkinson, Allison/Ellison, Amling
      • Beatty/Beaty Introduction to (BP2000  lineage #138)
        • Outline to the descendants of James Carroll Beaty
        • Index to James Carroll Beaty’s descendants
          • Generation 1
          • Generation 2
          • Generation 3
          • Generation 4
          • Generation 5
§  Becher/Becker, Berthold, Bohannan, Bowen, Boyd
      • Brattmiller/Brattmüller Introduction to the family
      • Bridle/Bridell, Briggs (Line-1), Briggs (Line-2), Bromwell, Brooks, Buller
      • Cook, Cornell, Cowan
      • Dennis
§  Eckstein, Edwards, Evans
§  Faulstich, Finck, Fleming, Foster, Frasure/Frazier, Fuhrmann
      • Gash, Gates, Gering, Gibson, Greenway, Greiner 
      • Gudger (Introduction to the family)
      • Günther/Guenther/Gunther (Line–1), Günther/Guenther/Gunther (Line–2)
      • Hampton, Harnig, Harrison, Harthumb, Heinze, Hines, Hodges, Horne , Hornschuh,  Howard, Howland
      • Jackson, James, Janssen
      • Kahley/Köhli, Kessel, Klett, Köhli/Kahley, Kolb, Kummer, Kurschner/Kutzenreuter
      • Lansford, Lay, Leach/Leech, Longmire, Looney, Lovell
      • Malone, McIlhaney, Meür, Moore

§  Neville, Newland, Nicholas

§  Orban/Urban, Owens

      • Parker, Parsons, Pattison, Preston,
      • Reese, Revell, Rippelten, Rondthaler/Rundthaler, Rossen
      • Scarlett, Schläppi, Schneider, Scholl/Schollen/Scholln, Schübel, Siebenlist, Siegling, Speck, Stockmar, Störmer, Stuart (As In - Royal House of...), Stubenrauch
      • Thorsby, Tillmann, Townsend, Trauffer

§  Urban/Orban

      • Walther, Weiss (Several Lines), Westbrook(s), White, Will, Woodfin/Woodfine
§  Young
      • Ziegler, Ziener/Zihner/Zeiner, Zöttger



o   ANOtHER ONE BITES THE DUSTghost towns that have recently disappeared, been seriously damaged, or for some reason are no longer accessible.

o   Classifications of Ghost Towns

o   CLASSIFICATIONS of Ghost Towns in PDF format

o   Code of Ethics

o   Definitions of terms used in Ghost Towning.

o   Definitions page in PDF format

o   flooded Ghost towns.  (Drowned under water in reservoirs, the ocean or along lakes/rivers.)

o   Ghost Town of the Month

§  Current Ghost Town of the Month

§  Index of Past Ghost Towns of the Month  (Also itemized under appropriate states)

·        1998: Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

·        1999: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul/Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov/Dec

·        2000: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug-Dec (Computer failure, Aug ‘00 - Jan ’01)

·        2001: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul/Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

·        2002: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

·        2003: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

·        2004: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

·        2005: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun/Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

·        2006: Jan, Feb/Mar, Apr/May, Jun/Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct/Nov, Dec

·        2007: Jan, Feb/Mar, Apr, May, Jun/Jul, Aug, Sep/Oct, Nov, Dec

·        2008: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun/Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov/Dec

·        2009: Jan/Feb, Mar, Apr, May-Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

·        2010: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun/Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

·        2011: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug/Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

·        2012: Jan, Feb, Mar/Apr, May/Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

·        2013: Jan, Feb, Mar/Apr, May, Jun/Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

·        2014: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun/Jul, Aug, Sep/Oct, Nov, Dec

·        2015: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep/Oct, Nov, Dec

·        2016: Jan-Dec (Due to Website Host crashes & personal health issues)

·        2017: Jan-May (Due to Website Host crashes & personal health issues), Jun/Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

o   Ghost Towns of the USA

NOTE – NO photos are listed here.  ALL are listed in the PHOTO GALLERYSEE link below

§  Alabama

·        HELP!

·        Cahawba

§  Alaska

·        HELP!

·        Independence Mine

·        Juneau area

§  Arizona

·        HELP!

·        Bisbee

·        Christmas

·        Fairbank

·        Goldroad

·        Jerome

·        Oatman

·        Superior

·        Two Guns

·        US Highway 80 – Yuma-Mohawk

·        US Highway 80 – Mohawk-Gila Bend

·        Vulture Mine

§  Arkansas

·        HELP!

·        Graysonia

§  California

·        HELP!

·        Historical Timeline for the City of Moreno Valley (Home of Ghost Town USA)

·        Individual sites (EXCLUDING Mariposa Co.)

o   Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Co.

o   Alum Rock Park, Santa Clara Co.

o   Amboy, San Bernardino Co.

o   Bagdad, San Bernardino Co.

o   Benton & Benton Hot Springs, Mono Co.,

o   Bodie, Mono Co.

o   Camp Dunlap, Imperial Co.

o   Carson & Colorado Railroad, Inyo Co.

o   Coloma, El Dorado Co.

o   Dale Mining District, Riverside Co.

o   Darwin, Inyo Co.

o   Death Valley, Inyo Co.

o   Desert Center, Riverside Co.

o   Desert Shores, Imperial Co.

o   Cima (2 photos only at this time)…SEE Photo Gallery - below

o   Eagle Mountain, Riverside Co.

o   Gertrude, Madera Co.

o   Harmony, San Luis Obispo Co.

o   Kearsarge, Inyo Co.

o   Kelso, San Bernardino Co.

o   Knights Ferry, Stanislaus Co.

o   Little Lake, Inyo Co.

o   Llano del Rio, Los Angeles Co.

o   Manzanar, Inyo Co.

o   Maricopa, Kern Co

o   North Shore, Riverside Co.

o   Randsburg, Kern Co.

o   Red Mountain, San Bernardino Co.

o   San Francisco area Forts 

o   San Francisco area Fishing/coal towns

o   Shasta, Shasta County

o   Slab City, Imperial Co.

o   Tumco, Imperial Co.

·        Mariposa County (index and listing)

o   Alphabetic Listing of Sites

§  A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, PQ, R, S, TUV, W, XYZ

o   Individual Towns

§  Agua Fria, Bagby, Bear Valley, Coulterville, Hornitos, Mariposa, Mount Bullion

o   Biographies

o   Sources

·        Salton Sea – Imperial & Riverside Counties (Individual sites listed above)

o   Faded Dreams (Info on the upcoming Ghost Town Guide to the Salton Sea.)

o   Imperial County Ghost Towns (Need info)

o   Salton Sea An outline guide to the ghost towns of the Salton Sea.

o   Salton Sea Marinas (Need info)

§  Colorado

·        HELP!

·        Bent’s Old Fort

·        Georgetown

·        St. Elmo

·        US350 (Ghost towns along this highway)

§  Connecticut

·        HELP!

·        Dudleytown

§  Delaware

·        HELP!

·        Zwaanendael

§  Florida

·        HELP!

·        Fort Jefferson

·        Pierce

§  Georgia

·        HELP!

·        Auraria

§  Hawaii

·        HELP!

·        Kalaupapa and Kalawao

·        Kualoa Air Field & Sugar Mill

·        USS Arizona

§  Idaho

·        HELP!

·        Boise Basin GTs

·        Burke

·        Chesterfield

·        Placerville

§  Illinois

·        HELP!

·        Alpine

§  Indiana 

·        HELP!

·        Hindostan

·        Sources

§  Iowa

·        HELP!

·        Ayrshire

·        GTs of Central Iowa 

·        Corley

·        Caledonia

·        Greencastle

§  Kansas.

·        HELP!

·        Abbyville

·        Amy

·        Englewood

·        Horace

§  Kentucky

·        HELP!

·        Blue Heron

§  Louisiana

·        HELP!

§  Maine

·        HELP!

·        Pentagoet

§  Maryland

·        HELP!

·        Fort Washington

§  Massachusetts

·        HELP!

·        Davis Mine

§  Michigan

·        HELP!

·        Fayette

§  Minnesota

·        HELP!

·        Grasston

·        Pelan (Reader contributed information)

§  Mississippi

·        HELP!

§  Missouri

·        HELP!

·        Individual Locations

o   Blythedale

o   Haran

o   McLellan Spings

o   Rivermines

·        Index Of Group Locations

o   Ferries

o   Mills

o   Mines

o   Rural Post Offices

o   Way Stations

·        State-Wide Alphabetic Listing  

o   A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, PQ, R, S, T, UV, W, XYZ

·        County-by-County Listing

o   Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Audrain, Barry, Barton, Bates, Benton, Bollinger, Boone, Buchanan, Butler, Caldwell, Callaway, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Carroll, Carter, Cass, Cedar, Chariton, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Daviess, DeKalb, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Gentry, Greene, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt, Howard, Howell, Iron, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Laclede, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, McDonald, Macon, Madison, Maries, Marion, Mercer, Miller, Mississippi, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan,  New Madrid, Newton, Nodaway, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Perry, Pettis, Phelps, Pike, Platte, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Ray, Reynolds, Ripley, St. Charles, St. Clair, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, St. Louis, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Scott, Shannon, Shelby, Stoddard, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Worth, Wright

§  Montana

·        HELP!

·        Elkhorn

·        Southern Cross

§  Nebraska

·        HELP!

·        Brownson

·        McGrew

·        Sarpy County

§  Nevada 

·        HELP!

·        Belmont

·        Gold Point

·        Goldfield

·        Pioche

·        Rhyolite

·        Tonopah 

·        Virginia City

§  New Hampshire

·        HELP!

§  New Jersey

·       HELP!

·       Batsto

·        Ellis Island

§  New Mexico

·        HELP!

·        Carrizozo

·        Chloride

·        Cuervo, Montoya, Newkirk

·        Fort Stanton 

·        Fort Union

·        Glenrio

·        Lake Valley

·        Madrid

·        Mogollon

·        Steins

·        Tierra Amarilla

·        White Oaks

§  New York

·        HELP!

·        Ellis Island

§  North Carolina  

·        HELP!

·        Fort Raleigh/Roanoke Colony

·        Reed Gold Mine 

§  North Dakota

·        HELP!

·        Amidon

·        Bucyrus

·        Temple

§  Ohio

·        HELP!

·        Moonville

§  Oklahoma  

·        HELP!

·        Deer Creek

·        Foss

·        Picher

·        Texola

§  Oregon

·        HELP

·        Antelope

·        Fort Stevens  

·        Kent

·        Shaniko

§  Pennsylvania

·        HELP!

·        Dreibelbis Station

·        Hopewell Furnace

·        Valley Forge

§  Rhode Island

·        HELP!

·        Fort Mansfield

§  South Carolina

·        HELP!

·        Ellenton

§  South Dakota

·        HELP!

·        Black Hills

·        Deadwood

·        Homestake Mine

§  Tennessee

·        Coker Creek

·        HELP!

§  Texas

·        HELP!

·        Alanreed

·        Glenrio

·        Kent

·        Mentone

·        Penwell

·        Perico

·        Soash

·        Thurber

·        Toyah

§  Utah

·        HELP!

·        Cisco, Sego, Thompson

·        Cove Fort

·        Grafton

·        Silver Reef

·        Soldier Summit

·        Tintic Mining District 

·        Topaz Relocation Center

§  Vermont

·        HELP!

·        Glastenbury

§  Virginia

·        HELP!

·        Appomattox Court House

·        Jamestown

§  Washington

·        HELP!

·        Fort Columbia

·        Molson

·        Skamokawa

§  West Virginia

·        HELP!

·        Kaymoor

·        Sewell (Reader contributed information)

·        Thurmond

§  Wisconsin

·        HELP!

·        St. Feriole Island

§  Wyoming

·        HELP!

·        Bosler

·        Fort Laramie

·        South Pass City

§  Washington D.C. (Coming Soon)

·        HELP!

o   Ghost Towns of Canada

§  Alberta

·        HELP!

·        East Coulee & Atlas Mine

§  British Columbia

·        HELP!

·        Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse

o   Ghost Towns of Great Britain

o   GPS – Index page

GPS Coordinates for the ghost towns and other locations featured in my monthly Ghost Town USA column in Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine.

§  1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989,

§  1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

§  2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

§  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

§  Silver & Gold Annuals

o   Historic Trails & Routes of Travel

§  Mormon Trail

o   Index - Ghost Town USA Columns

This is an index to all of the ghost towns that have appeared in my monthly Ghost Town USA column as well as my other articles in Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine from 1980 through the present.

§  Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Canada, International, Research & other misc articles.

o   on-the-road again 

Touring the ghost towns along America’s back roads and Blue Highways. 

§  US Highway 6: Bishop CA-Price, UT 

·        Part 1: Bishop CA – CA/NV state line

·        Part 2: CA/NV state line to Tonopah, NV

·        Part 3: Tonopah to Warm Springs, NV

·        Part 4: Warm Springs, NV to NV/UT State Line

·        Part 5:  NV/UT State Line to the Tintic Mining District, UT

·        Part 6: The Tintic Mining District to Price, UT

§  US Highway 80: Yuma to Gila Bend, AZ 

·        Part 1: Yuma to Mohawk

·        Part 2:  Mohawk - to Gila Bend

o   Photo Gallery

Index of STAND-ALONE (not including photos on PDF pages) Ghost Town photos featured on this site.  They are itemized on that page due to the sheer number of photos now being posted. Genealogy related photos are listed in the appropriate Genealogy section with the appropriate families (above).  License plate photos are listed below in the License Plate Collecting section. 

§  Ghost Town Definitions - NOT itemized on Photo Gallery page

·        Adit, Board & Batten Construction, Classic Ghost Town (Bodie, CA), Company housing, Downtown Core, False front, Headframe (Miami, AZ), massive headframe (Homestake Mine, SD), Notices of Location for lode and placer claims, small headframe (Tonopah, NV), Open pit mine (Homestake Mine, SD), Road Town (Currant, NV), Tipple (Atlas Mine, Alberta, CAN)

§  Ghost Town Details - NOT itemized on Photo Gallery page - Individual photos listed on page with appropriate states.

§  State-by-State Listing.  Because of the increasing number of photos in this section, they are no longer itemized here.  Go to the Photo Gallery index page for that listing.



o   United states

§  Arizona

·        Alternative Fuel Vehicle plates

·        Colleges & University plates

·        Optional graphic plates

·        Veteran and Disabled Veteran plates 

§  California

·        Newspaper article about 100 years of license plates in CA

·        Tag-A-Long (ALPCA Southern California Regional) newsletter article about City of Los Angeles Trash Truck Plates  

o   Australia

§  Victoria  Includes links to numerous photos of Victorian plates in my collection

o   New Zealand

o   Want List

Includes many photos

o   Trade List

Includes many photos

o   Number Plate Collectors Club

North American membership coordinator for NPCC

§  Cover Photo of recent newsletter

§  Membership application form



o   FACEBOOK PAGE for folks interested in the history of Moreno Valley, CA

o   Historic Timeline Covers the pre-1883 period through current

o   Brief History of the Arterial Streets & Avenues

o   Photos of various documents:

§  Camp Haan 1944

§  Misc March Field items

§  A City is Born Newspaper headline, November 14, 1984.

§  Yes on Incorporation Bumper sticker from incorporation advocates. 

§  1972 Feasibility Study

§  1981 Feasibility Study

§  1981 Feasibility Study supplement #1

§  1982 NO on incorporation political newspaper

§  1982 YES on incorporation flyer

§  1982 more yes & no mailings

§  1983 Feasibility Study      



o   TIPS



·        Butler’s Lost Gold Cache, Amador Co.

·        Lost Gunsight Lode, Inyo Co.

·        Lost Silver on Owens Lake, Inyo Co.


·       LINKS

o   Ghost Town

o   Treasure Hunting

o   License Plate Collecting

o   Genealogy


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LAST UPDATED: May 29, 2017



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