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Exploring The Ghost Town Desert: A Guide to the Rand Mining Area, its Natural and Historic Points of Interest Paperback – December 31, 1999

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Roberta Martin Starry has explored, painted, photographed, and written about the California, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon backcountry for the past 50 years. She also gave lectures and tours for students, youth groups, and museum members on the history, geology and flora of the eastern Kern County.

Now retired, Roberta Martin Starry had for many years been the Rand area correspondent for "the Bakersfield California". A member of Western Writers of America, she was also a free-lance writer with articles and photos appearing in many national publications including: The West, Collector's World, National Park Magazine, Mother Earth News and American Gold News. Articles and photos were used in regional publications including: Desert Magazine, Nevada and California Supplements. Through the years, her photographs of desert subjects, paintings and historical articles have won numerous awards.

Suzanne Knudson is by training an anthropologist, with a specialization in historical archaeology. Currently a community college professor, she has also traveled extensively throughout the United States, and has visited historic sites around the world. She has done field work in the Middle East, Utah, Virigina and California and has conducted summer educational programs for secondary education students at historic sites in Virginia. She is presently involved in an historical survey of the Carson and Colorado railroad right of way, and in an historic restoration project in the ghost town of Garlock, California.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Gem Guides Book Co.; 2nd edition (December 31, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096746370X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967463704
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,697,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Lux on June 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a gem of history of the Mojave desert, specifically the Randsburg and Johannesburg historic mining areas. These are real ghost towns, ready to be explored on foot or in your car, with no tourist traps or sellers hawking merchandise. This book provides an outstanding history lesson along with all the practical information about what types of vehicles are needed for certain roads and where to find unmarked turns and roads less traveled.

All directions are extremely detailed and I've had no problem following them.

The photographs, which include both current and historic snapshots, really add to the content of the book.
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By R. Peters on July 16, 2015
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A good book for ghost town enthusiasts
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