What’s New

Here’s more on the latest additions to our website:

Aztec Motel, Albuquerque, New Mexico Art Detail by John Margolies, 2003.

Lost Historic Landmarks and Vanished Sites – We are starting an ambitious endeavor to chronicle some of the more interesting and important places that have been lost to deterioration and progress.

Call Building – The Call Building in San Francisco, California was once the tallest building in the city and was renowned for its beauty.

Bedrock City – The once-popular Bedrock City Theme Park and Campground, in Custer, South Dakota, entertained and welcomed thousands of visitors for almost 50 years before it was reduced to rubble in April 2019.

Palace Amusements, Asbury Park, New Jersey – Palace Amusements in Asbury Park, New Jersey thrilled visitors for 100 years as they enjoyed rides, amusements, games, funhouses, music, and arcades on the Jersey Shore.

Old Aztec Court, Albuquerque, New Mexico – Up until 2011, when the building was razed, it was the oldest continuously used motel in Albuquerque making it one of the most important Route 66 icons.

Original Pennsylvania Station, New York City –  Built during the Golden Age of railroading when its owners intended the terminal not only to serve the specific needs of the railroad but also to embellish the city as a monumental gateway.

Old City Hall –  Detroit – Detroit, Michigan’s old old City Hall opened in 1871 and included three stories, an observation deck, and a large clock tower.

Galena, South Dakota – Thriving on Silver – Galena, South Dakota is a ghost town and old mining camp located in the Black Hills of Lawrence County, about 11 miles southeast of Deadwood.

Point of Rocks Stage Station in Pringle, South Dakota by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Pringle -Trail Town of the Southern Hills – Pringle, South Dakota is a semi-ghost town in Custer County that got its start as a stage stop on the Sidney-Custer Trail.

Rochford – Rochford, South Dakota, an old mining camp in Pennington County, is said to be the friendliest ghost town in the Black Hills.

Historic McCahan Chapel in the Historic District of Mystic, South Dakota by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Mystic – Mining & Timber – The old mining camp and railroad town of Mystic, South Dakota is located along Castle Creek in Pennington County.

Buffalo Gap – Rowdy Cow Town – Buffalo Gap, South Dakota is a semi-ghost town in Custer County just outside the eastern edge of the Black Hills.

George McJunkin – Black Cowboy & History Changing Amateur Archaeologist – A talented bronc buster, ranch hand, and member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame, McJunkin is credited with one of the greatest archeological finds in the U.S. (Special article submission from Matt Doherty)

St. Elmo, Colorado buildings by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

St Elmo, Colorado – Best Preserved Ghost Town  – (Update and expansion of early article) – St. Elmo, is one of the best-preserved ghost towns in Colorado and the entire district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Cornelius “Lame Johnny” Donahue & a Tale of Lost Treasure – Cornelius Donahue, better known as Lame Johnny was a road agent in the Black Hills. He was hanged by vigilantes before he could be taken to jail.

John Reynolds Hughes

John Reynolds Hughes – John Reynolds Hughes was a cowboy, rancher, author, and one of the most influential and recognized Texas Rangers during his lifetime.

James D. Houck – Arizona Pioneer & Lawman – James D. Houck was a miner, trader, pioneer, lawman, and namesake of Houck, Arizona.

Jack Helm – Texas Lawman – John Jackson “Jack” Helm was a Texas cowboy, Confederate soldier, gunfighter, and lawman who was eventually killed for his part in the Sutten-Taylor feud.

Centralia, Pennsylvania, 1960s

Centralia, Pennsylvania  – A Lost Town – Centralia, Pennsylvania is a ghost town in Columbia County that was caused by an underground coal mine fire that has been burning since 1962.

9 Important Women in American History You May Not Have Heard of – There are many powerful and influential women who have had a significant part in American history, but these are 9 many have not heard of. (submitted by Vandana at Historyly)

June Newsletter – Lost adventures, Natives in the American Revolution, fur trading along the Snake River and more in this months newsletter.

North Bloomfield, California and the Malakoff Diggins – A California State Park, the district includes the workings of Malakoff Diggins adjacent to the ghost town of North Bloomfield.

Empire Mine Buildings by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Empire Mine, Grass Valley – One of the oldest, deepest, and richest gold mines in California, the Empire Mine in Grass Valley in the Sierra Nevada’s is a State Historic Park today.

San Francisco, California History – San Francisco, California, the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Central California today, has a long and interesting history.

Nevadaville, Colorado Buildings, Masonic Lodge at left by Kathy Wieser-Alexander.

Nevadaville, Colorado – Nevadaville, Colorado, an old mining town, was yet another that got its start in Gregory Gulch, the same as Black Hawk and Central City.

Virginia Dale, Colorado – Overland Trail Ghost Town – Virginia Dale, Colorado, located along the Overland Trail in Larimer County, began as a stage station in 1862.

Bill Jordan – Gunfighter Legend – Serving with the U.S. Border Patrol his accomplishments led to the development of the guns and gear used by law enforcement across the nation.

Famous Armories Across America – Across the country, firearm collections tell an important part of the American story. Check out a few of the best armories that tell their history.

Ben Holladay

Ben Holladay – The Stagecoach King – Ben Holladay began a number of stagecoach routes in the American West and became known as the “Stagecoach King”.

The Overland Trail Across the American West – The Overland Trail, also known as the Overland Stage Line, was a stagecoach and wagon road in the American West.

Genoa, Colorado Wonder Tower today, by Dave Alexander, 2018.

Genoa, Colorado & the Wonder Tower – Genoa, Colorado, a near ghost town in Lincoln County, has long been called home to a roadside attraction called the quirky Genoa Wonder Tower.

Vulture City, Arizona – Gold Mine Ghost Town – Vulture City, Arizona, once a popular gold mining camp, is a ghost town located at the site of the defunct Vulture Mine in Maricopa County.

Yucca, Arizona & the Route 66 Bypass – The Yucca Bypass from Kingman to Topock, Arizona was a Route 66 alignment that was built through the area in 1952. Yucca boomed but is a ghost town today.

Oatman Highway, Arizona – Traveling west from Kingman to Oatman, the adventure on this early alignment of Route 66 is a great start to fun and history ahead.

Old store in Eden, Arizona by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Eden, Arizona – Mormon Ghost Town – Eden, Arizona, located in Graham County was an agricultural community established by Mormon settlers in 1881. It would wind up as a nudist colony.

Two Guns – Death By Highway –  Two Guns, Arizona, once a popular stop for Route 66 travelers, died a quick death when it was bypassed by I-40 (updated previously published article)

Houck, Arizona – Home of Fort Courage – Just three miles west of Allentown, Arizona on Route 66, is the small town of Houck. It is still home to the remains of a tourist stop called Fort Courage.

Lupton, Arizona – Welcome to the Grand Canyon State – Lupton, Arizona situated right on the New Mexico border, also known as Painted Cliffs, invites visitors with high sandstone bluffs and trading posts.

Shumla, Texas – Another Railroad Casualty – Shumla, Texas got its start as a railroad town in 1882. Today, it is a ghost town.

Bonfire Shelter cliff today, Kathy Weiser, February, 2011

Bonfire Shelter, Texas – Bonfire Shelter is an archaeological site located in a southwest Texas near LangtryTexas. The site contains evidence of mass American buffalo hunts.

Spofford, Texas – Dust on the Tracks – The ghost town of Spofford, Texas, located in south central Kinney County, got its start when the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railroad came through.

May Newsletter – Ghost towns, flavors of the Mother Road, gunfighter legend Charles Askins, Memorial Day and more in this months newsletter.

Pumpville, Texas – Railroad Ghost Town – Pumpville, Texas is a ghost town located between Langtry and Dryden in Val Verde County.

4 thoughts on “What’s New”

  1. I am trying to find out more about the stage lines in Arizona (specifically linking from Phoenix to Flagstaff, Prescott, and those mining towns west (Bumble Bee, Jerome, etc.) I’m writing about the reason folks originally ‘camped’ there and why folks still live there. These sites were stage stops… and some are either ghost towns or simply gone.

    The more ‘famous’ stage lines are well known (Butterfield) but I’m only interested in the above for now.

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