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