Recommended Website: GhostTowns.comhttp://www.ghosttowns.com/
Take a virtual field trip to a Ghost Town! This website offers a virtual museum of historic "ghost towns" presented through both a video gallery and a photo gallery.
While there are some ghost towns that match the cowboy movie depiction of a deserted town of rickety old buildings bordering a dusty dirt road, where the long-abandoned saloon's doors creak when the wind blows - this website offers a more realistic view.
Here, you can explore ghost towns that have been revitalized as tourist attractions and offer tours, activities like panning for gold, history museums, shops, and even kid-friendly saloons where you can order Yosemite Sam's favorite drink - a sarsaparilla soda!
Of course, there are far more ghost towns that are shadows of their former past. Once vibrant and bustling communities, their decayed remains are little more than a blip on a topographical map. Accessing these old ruins (often called "real" ghost towns) can be tricky - so it's nice that this site provides a way to do it from the comfort of your home computer swivel chair.
When you get to the site, you'll see some pictures and a menu below it. Click on "Virtual Museum." A new page opens where you can access the virtual tour of ghost towns via video or photo gallery.
When you've finished the virtual tour, explore the rest of this terrific website. If your family would like to visit a ghost town in the United States or Canada in REAL TIME, you'll find all of the information and resources you need including:
*How to Locate A Ghost Town
*How to Read Topographical Maps to Find Ghost Towns
*Things to Take With You On A Ghost Town Search
*How to Take Pictures of Ghost Towns
*And a Glossary of Ghost Town Terminology
This site provides a fascinating way to introduce history of the Old West - and it may inspire some exciting family expeditions!
Diane Flynn Keith
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