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Boom Towns & Relic Hunters of Northeastern Washington State Paperback – September 30, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Elfin Cove Press; 1st edition (September 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944958281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944958285
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,488,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A great reference book for both Washington State residents and 'outsiders' seeking a better knowledge of our state's heritage." -- Joseph Grau, Washington State resident, ghost town explorer

"Northeastern Washington is like the "Wild West" and your book captures that feeling nicely." -- John Stofflet, King 5-TV's "Northwest Backroads"

"One of the most comprehensive and classic books written about the history of Northeastern Washington ever produced." -- Henry Fletcher, Okanogan Heritage Magazine

"This book will grace either a home or library and will attract any person with an interest in Washington history." -- Lloyd Smith, Lost & Found Treasure Magazine

A great reference book for both Washington State residents and "outsiders" seeking a better knowledge of our state's heritage. -- Trails & Tales Magazine

I just finished reading your book, Boom Towns Relic Hunters, and the only thing I can say it's "OUTSTANDING". -- Terry Wright, Legislative Chairman, Metal Detecting Association of Washington, June 2002

There is nothing I'm aware of in print today to match its historical detailed content. A must for history buffs! -- Washington State resident, ghost town explorer

This book will grace either a home or library and will attract any person with a special interest in Washington. -- Ghost Town Atlas

Your book is not only field with a wealth of information in every detail, it's highly informative and enjoyable. --Lost & Found Relic Magazine

From the Publisher

One of the most comprehensive and classic books written about the history of Northeastern Washington ever published.

More About the Author

Author, explorer and tour guide Jerry Smith is a long time native of Washington State. Along with his Boom Towns & Relic Hunters diverse team of experts, he spends much of his time researching, exploring, and seeking out long-lost and forgotten ghost towns and historic sites of Northeastern Washington State.
He has authored numerous articles for various magazines on the history of Northeastern Washington. His articles and photography have appeared in Lost Treasure Magazine, Washington Prospectors Magazine, Gold Prospectors & Treasure Hunters Magazine, Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune Newspaper, Okanogan Life Magazine, Cascade Valley Voices Magazine, Aero Mechanics Newspaper, Nostalgia Magazine, and he has assisted with documentary TV shows in the Northwest.
In addition, he is frequently sought out to appear at book talks, book signings, radio talk shows, and trade shows.
During the summer months, he is busy as an experienced adventure guide taking tourists and vacationers on his "Premier Guided Ghost Town Tours."
His guests experience for themselves ghost towns, mining camps, and historic sites in beautiful Okanogan County. This is his second book.

To learn more about his premier ghost town tour packages and the history of Northeastern Washington State, visit his web site at www.GhostTownsUSA.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
Boom Towns & Relic Hunters Of Northeastern Washington by Washington State ghost town and historic site expert Jerry Smith showcases more than one hundred ghost town locations accessible to the traveler or tourist with a keen interest in these relics of American history. Enhanced with a wealth of true stories, folklore tales, black-and-white photographs, and more, Boom Towns & Relic Hunters Of Northeastern Washington is a truly fascinating book to leaf through, offering both on-the-road and armchair travelers a window to the rougher, fiercer Washington state of over a century ago.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jessie james on August 17, 2005
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In August 2005 I visited the mysterious "China Wall" in Okanogan County. If it had not been for Jerry's book, which included detailed directions on how to locate the China Wall, I would not have found this historic structure. Once I had arrived at these massive granite walls Jerry's book explained in detail the history of this mysterious wall from yesteryear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sean Taeschner on January 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
The time was well spent and resulted in a top-notch product. In his book, Jerry takes you back in time to the Boom Town days of yesteryear and brings to life the ageless Old West mining-era days of Boom Towns, miners, prospectors, and pioneers. Yet the book goes far beyond providing simply a historical account and includes rare historic maps, 98 outstanding photos and exact locations of long-lost famous ghost towns and mines in Northeastern Washington State. Jerry also included a chapter on Metal Detecting and Relic Hunting, which offers advice on how to search out and locate those long lost valuable treasures from the past with just a little knowledge about research and using a metal detector. His book most certainly will keep the spirit of the Old West alive and well for many years to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Okanogan Smith on February 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Upon purchasing your fantastic book and reading many of the wonderful stories on the history of Washington State, we decided to do an article in our Nostalgia Magazine. Thank you for sharing your stories and photos, folks like you keep Nostalgia Magazine a favorite read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean T.Taeschner on August 29, 2003
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I am pleased to write a review for Jerry Smith. I found his book on relic hunting in old ghost towns of Eastern Washington to be the closest thing to being a kid again seeking buried pirate treasure.
Little did I know that my own book was being sold alongside of his here on Amazon.com, but even more odd was the discovery that we only lived one block away from eachother in Black Diamond, Washington!
Jerry has taken a lot of personal time to visit and document the finds he has written about in his book with detail, clarity, humor, and preservation. He has made all of Eastern Washington his relic museum of undiscovered treasures lying within the grasp of any weekend treasure hunter or prospector.
Many museums have added his book to their gift shop countertops and as many bookstores and school libraries have begged him to visit and give seminars. His only request is that once a child reads the book, that the school make it part of their library.
I have the deepest respect for his willingness to take the risk to share his secrets, his stories, and his winning advice on hunting for relics amongst these disappearing buildings in the deserts and mountains of Eastern Washington.
I am certain that you will find his book a well-worn cover within a short amount of time and your legs moving to find the #2 shovel and Garrett metal detector and gold pan in your family garage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean Taeschner on December 22, 2002
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Mr. Smith's book provides a good starting point for persons interested in exploration and relic hunting in our state's northern tier of ghost towns. The descriptions are very helpful for locating these sites, many of which are overgrown and on the verge of disappearing altogether. The before-and-after photos are particulary helpful. The sections devoted to the early history of Ruby City, Loup Loup, and Nighthawk contain interesting quotes from historic newspaper articles boosting the region's development. The chapter on metal-collecting ethics and equipment provides a nice tie-in for hobbyists using the book as a source for places to explore.
The author includes some in-text warnings concerning entering abandoned mines, however if the book is issued in subsequent revisions, I suggest including highlighted verbiage. My advice is to stay out of abandoned mines altogether unless accompained by a guide familiar with the mine and its structural condition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean Taeschner on December 12, 2002
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Mr. Smith's book provides a good starting point for persons interested in exploration and relic hunting in our state's northern tier of ghost towns. The descriptions are very helpful for locating these sites, many of which are overgrown and on the verge of disappearing altogether. The before-and-after photos are particulary helpful. The sections devoted to the early history of Ruby City, Loup Loup, and Nighthawk contain interesting quotes from historic newspaper articles boosting the region's development. The chapter on metal-collecting ethics and equipment provides a nice tie-in for hobbyists using the book as a source for places to explore.
The author includes some in-text warnings concerning entering abandoned mines, however if the book is issued in subsequent revisions, I suggest including highlighted verbiage. My advice is to stay out of abandoned mines altogether unless accompained by a guide familiar with the mine and its structural condition.
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