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* What do Shakespeare, Timbuctoo, and Chloride have in common? Rest easy--the answer doesn't involve a revenge-filled African sequel to Hamlet. In fact, they are slowly decaying Western ghost towns, relics of 19th-century homesteaders and gold seekers who abandoned them decades ago. All three towns live on between the covers of Tom Till and Teresa Jordan's Great Ghost Towns of the West (Graphic Arts Center Publishing, Portland, 2001; $39.95; 800/452-3032), a charming new book that celebrates the best-preserved ghost towns of the Gold Rush. For a look at ghost towns near you, pick up Ghost Towns of Northern California: Your Guide to Ghost Towns & Historic Mining Camps (Voyageur Press, Stillwater, MN, 2001; $19.95; 800/888-9653), which also has inspiring photography and a nice narrative.
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Ewers, Justin
Publication:Sunset
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Sep 1, 2001
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