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Copy of Boom Towns to Ghost Towns in The American Old West

A description of the process of how an old west boom town became a ghost town.
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Marcia Dudley

on 8 May 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Boom Towns to Ghost Towns in The American Old West

Boom Towns to Ghost Towns
in The American Old West From a booming gold mining town... To a ghost town! What's the Profit? THE GOLD RUSH
-The gold rush of 1849 was one of the biggest migrations in American history.
-About 250,000 people migrated to California to try to make their fortunes.
-Miners were called forty-niners because of the year gold was found. Forty-Niners BOOM TOWN BEGINNINGS -Boom towns originally began as camps surrounding mining sites. -The tales of gold caused more people to move west and the camps grew. -Merchants and mining companies came to California.
-Many stores and business's also opened in the camps, trying to make money off of the growing population.
-The large groups of new townspeople and the number of business's made these make-shift camps into real towns. -Most buildings were made quickly and were very rickety and unsafe.
-Lumber was scarce especially after towns were built.
-Towns were very dirty and unkempt. THE GHOSTS ARE COMING -The gold mining towns were quickly becoming over populated due to the growing number of gold seekers.
-Gold was being over mined and the resource was disappearing fast. BOOM TOWN SUCCESS -Once the resource ran out the town went bankrupt and people moved on.
-The only inhabitants of once populous mining towns were now ghosts. EXAMPLES OF GHOST TOWNS BODIE, CALIFORNIA:
-Located close to the Nevada border.
-In its hay day had about 8,000 citizens.
-Gold was first found there in 1859 and the town slowly began growing in 1860 through the mid-1870’s. -When rich gold veins where found in 1876 the rush to Bodie began.
-Two years later the gold was gone and the last of the residents were leaving town.
-Now Bodie is a California State Park and more than 150 buildings remain. Any Questions?


Thank You for Your Time! THE STEPS TO A GHOST TOWN Our Interaction will be...
Coloring! Dunderberg DUNDERBERG, CALIFORNIA:
-Not as well known as Bodie.
-Built in 1870 to mine the gold from the surrounding streams.
-The mill closed in 1896.
-Three cabins still stand where the town used to be. Bodie By Natalie Waller and Riley Bast ! COW TOWNS
-Cow towns were common in the West, though most were located in Kansas.
-They were known as a rest stop for cowboys herding cattle to markets.
-Some of the more famous cow towns were Abilene, Wichita, and Dodge City.
-Cow towns became know for their 'lawlessness' and violent happenings.
-Cow towns were just as vulnerable to becoming ghost towns as any mining community. -San Francisco is one boom town that didn't turn into a ghost town. Instead, it managed to prosper due to its coastal location, ports, and trade.
-Other examples of surviving gold mining towns in California are Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City, and Colfax. Most have managed to thrive on tourism because of their historical heritage.
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