Synopses & Reviews
Ghost Towns of the Pacific Northwest is a guidebook to the best boomtowns of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Once thriving centers for mining, fishing, logging, and national defense, these abandoned camps and pioneer villages still ring with history. Nowadays, these ghost towns are some of the best places to travel to, filled with fun things to do and see. Ghost town expert Philip Varney equips you with everything you need to know to explore these remnants of the past. Featuring color maps, driving and walking directions, town histories, touring recommendations, and stunning color photography, Ghost Towns of the Pacific Northwest details famous sites such as Port Gamble (Washington), Fort Steele (British Columbia), and Jacksonville (Oregon) — in addition to out-of-the-way gems like Holden (Washington), Sandon (British Columbia), and Flora (Oregon). Chasing down the ghost towns of the Pacific Northwest will take you from the seacoast high into the forests of the Cascade Range. You will view the magnificent Columbia River as it passes through Revelstoke, British Columbia, to its first entry into the United States in Northport, Washington, and to its dramatic meeting with the Pacific Ocean near Astoria, Oregon. See the region as you have never seen it before with this essential guidebook to the glory days of the Pacific Northwest!
“This is Varney’s eight ghost town guidebook, and its hard to imagine anyone doing them better” - RV Life
Ghost Towns of the Pacific Northwest is a guidebook to the best boomtowns of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. See the region as you have never seen it before—including once-thriving centers for mining, fishing, logging, and national defense—with this essential guidebook to the glory days of the Pacific Northwest!
“No one brings ghost towns to life like Philip Varney.” –Tony Hillerman Ghost Towns of the Pacific Northwest guides you through the dusty crossroads and mossy cemeteries of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, relating the hidden history of long-gone soldiers, settlers, farmers, and miners. This essential guidebook to the historic remains of centuries past includes maps, town histories, color photographs, and detailed directions. Plan your road trips by chapter—each chapter covers a geographic area, and town entries are arranged by location, to make this the most user-friendly history handbook west of the Mississippi. Philip Varney is the author of eight ghost town guidebooks. He has toured and photographed more than six hundred ghost towns throughout the American West. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
About the Author
Long-time ghost-town hunter Philip Varney is the author of six ghost-town guides, including Ghost Towns of Colorado, Ghost Towns of Northern California, and Ghost Towns of the Pacific Northwest. He is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways magazine and frequently leads travel groups on ghost-town tours. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.