Page 2, second line, two center photos not labled appear to be possibly Jerome, Arizona. The white letter on the mountain top appears to be a "J." At first, Virginia City, Nevada and Randsburg, California came to mind, but Randsburg didn't/doesn't have such large buildings in town and Virginia City is more spread out.
Your history on Leadfield states the camp had its beginning in 1905. That is not true. Original strikes were made in the first decade of the 1900s, although no camp ever grew out of them. The few prospects in the canyon were abandoned. It wasn't until the 1920s (1926?) that C.C. Julian created Leadfield. Also your 2nd image labeled Leadfield is most definitely not so. Leadfield was situated in the bottom of a canyon, not on an open valley. That second photo appears very much like Chloride City, California, however a couple of elements of the image doesn't quite add up for me to be entirely certain of it. And when I click on the thumbnail for Leadfield image #3, it opens up Leadfield #1. Your other images labeled Leadfield do not open at all, but from what I see I'm suspicious they are not of that camp.
On page 6, the first two images labeled "Location Uncertain," and on which you asked "Bodie or Aurora?", they are most definitely Aurora. The courthouse/Esmeralda Hotel in the background is the key.
The first photo labeld as Virginia City is likely Silver City. You did state it was on the road up to Viriginia City. The second Virginia City photo is likely Gold Hill. These were separate communities with their own post offices and services, although all connected with the Virginia City mining district.
Thank you for sharing a glimpse of these, even if they are for sale. It was a nice time for the ghost towner to be living, as much of what was left of these ghost towns during that time was still around to be seen; today they may be either subtle traces or turned into a tourist attraction as in the case of Virginia City.
Last edited by David A. Wright; 05-07-2006 at 07:28 AM.
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