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    Default Preservation of the Ghost Towns and Mining Camps

    So why did I start yet another thread? Let me explain.

    I love the old ghost Towns and the history that goes with them. What is bothering me is the rate that they are disappearing. Although many of us, especially forum members, care about preserving them some do not. We research before we go, we take pictures and memories and nothing more when we leave. Some would just as soon loot the Ghost towns, take what they find, and damage the rest. Today’s internet and the means of travel all of us have access to make the problem worse.

    Once in awhile a group comes to me via my web site, a personal call, or a chance meeting and asks for a link or help in their preservation efforts. I typical spread the word as best I can but I know what I am doing to help is not enough. I reach only a few people.

    An example is the most recent one from Arizona. I have been here and it is a great town. Certainly worthy of any support we can give them. This is a copy of the note they sent me.

    Hello - We are the Vulture Mine Preservation & Restoration Association in Wickenburg, AZ. We are trying to buy the mine preserve its history and stablelize the buildings. We are a 501c3 and on the net at savevulturemine.org would you allow us to link to your site. We need all of the exposure and support we can get. Thank You Ernest Mc Collum xxx-xxx-xxxx

    What I am attempting to accomplish is to help these types of projects by having a visible thread on the Ghost Town forum dedicated to legitimate Preservation projects. One that anyone across the county could discuss, add their data, and for people to become aware of the need. If people are aware of the efforts by others, they would be more inclined to visit, contribute time, money or anything else that would help.
    So I am looking for your support in adding your comments and your projects to this thread. Then help spread the word through your contacts. Just help to those groups and individuals that are actively attempting to preserve what we enjoy today for future generations.

    Hey, I want to take my grandchildren to some of these places.
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    Anyone out there in the process of attempting to preserve a Ghost Town? Interested in finding a location to film the processes being used and feature the people involved?

    Send me a note or post it here.
    Visit Colorado Ghost Towns at http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com

    No Sales pitch just plenty of photos and stories.

    "I led a quieter life before I got hearing aids." Mike

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    Viewed two more sites recently with two different preservation approaches, Shakespeare NM and Chloride NM. Both great sites.
    Visit Colorado Ghost Towns at http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com

    No Sales pitch just plenty of photos and stories.

    "I led a quieter life before I got hearing aids." Mike

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    you guys are doing a great job!

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    so true ,to me do not give out locations on the web at any cost .of the 600 give or take ghost towns listed in nv. there are at least 1000 more not listed plus mining camps and railroad sidings and homesteads .these are blips on the radar for one year . i have been in touch with other ghost towners sharing places and in the end we all agreed to not give locations except for one person with a dog and one asshat that will agree with you and then write a book and put the location in it to make money . in the end if you publish locations on the web someone will destroy it .you are doing bettter to preserve places by not saying where they are

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    Hello all! I am a newbie to the forum, but not to exploring old historic sites. I have come to this thread to express my gratitude towards those of like-mindedness that are here to preserve our history. We need to preserve our history as best we can before it becomes destroyed or forgotten. Fortunately there are a few old Ghost Towns that have received recognition and are having information signs posted stating the towns history. But there are other sites that are failing to be recognized. Fortunately we have the Boy Scouts of America and sponsors to thank for donating their materials, time, a efforts to preserve these sites that might otherwise be pillaged or forgotten.

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    PLEASE HELP Preserve the Vulture Mine.

    I am copying this note, that i recieved, in the forum to see if some of you might want to vote to help save the Vulture mine just outside of Wickenburg AZ. Please pass it on to others.

    Wickenburg's Vulture Mine has been chosen as a finalist in the National Trust This Place Matters competition. The Mine was the only Arizona site chosen and will be competing with endangered historic sites in other states for a $25,000 grant. Winners will be chosen via online voting beginning June 1, 2011 and continuing through June 30.

    We need your help to win. Please help by voting at:

    http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/this-place-matters/community-challenge/places/vulture-mine.html.

    ...and by asking your email, Facebook, LinkedIn and other "e contacts" to vote for the Vulture Mine. Voters do not need to reside in AZ.
    (Click on the "register or get a password" line at the bottom of the blue box on the right-hand side of the page. You'll get a prompt to enter your email address and zip code. This controls duplicate voting. Voters can opt out of future emails. You'll get a page of the contestants. Vulture Mine is near the bottom. Click on it and your vote gets cast.)
    The Vulture Mine nomination was submitted by the Vulture Mine Preservation and Restoration Association whose mission is to preserve and restore Henry Wickenburg's 1863 gold mine and adjacent Vulture City for the purpose of interpreting and sharing the mine's legacy and its importance to the development of Arizona and the West. VMPRA will use the proceeds to begin preservation work on the schoolhouses. More information is available at VMPRA's web site http://www.savevulturemine.org.

    Fireman's Fund and National Trust Insurance Services co-sponsorship of the This Place Matters campaign highlights the important role that historic buildings and properties play in preserving our national heritage as well as in preserving our environment.

    THANK YOU for helping!!

    Bernadine McCollum, President
    Vulture Mine Preservation & Restoration Association
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    I have done some cabin re-erecting or stabilizing in the last few years but would like to find a way to do it on a larger scale. Just me, by myself up in the Northwest Nevada and Mother load areas.

    Thanks for what you are doing.

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    It would be great to see people out there shoring up these structures so they are around for years to come.
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    Good topic! There is an enormous amount of work that needs to be done throughout the west to preserve our mining heritage. I've always considered preservation of our mining heritage something that I would eventually do full time. I'm starting to work on my "grand plan" now and while it will take years to implement in a meaningful way its always good to get like-minded folks talking about thinks now.

    So.... we have 5 responses to this thread. There must be a LOT more people that visit this forum that are interested in preserving our incredible mining and ghost town legacy here in the US. So chime in!

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