Mining Camps Speak (Sagtetter)


Mining Camps Speak (Sagtetter)

A guidebook every Arizona mineral collector has been waiting for.

The Mining Camps Speak is for people who have visited ghost town sites in the past and were disappointed because there was "nothing left." Here is a new way to explore these mysterious sites, even if all that's left is rubble. The techniques are valid in any western state, even Alaska. It begins where other ghost town guidebooks end. It is the first book to guide readers around a site in Sherlock Holmes fashion. Using the techniques of a historical sleuth, you will learn to identify forgotten pieces of the past. You will see for yourself the lives that passed this way and you will hear The Mining Camps Speak. Illustrated with hundreds of black and white photographs and antique engravings.

"The Sagstetters provide the reader with an enjoyable reading experience and, at the same time, offer a thought-provoking look at abandoned mining camps. The book's title offers insight into both the content of the book and the authors' philosophy of exploring ghost towns. They admonish the reader to look carefully at the details and the finer points of ghost towns...This book is intended to stimulate your imagination and your powers as an observer. It succeeds very well on both counts...The volume, The Mining Camps Speak, was an effort of love on the part of the authors. The book has appeal to a broad audience. Ghost town hunters and explorers should find much in the Sagstetters' work that will aid them. But beyond that, both professional and avocational archaeologists will find the book to be a handy reference tool to help interpret mining sites recorded in the field. The Sagstetters' easily readable writing style is neither condescending nor overly technical, making the book a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience." -- Southwestern Lore: Journal of Colorado Archaeology. Reviewed by Steven F. Mehls, Western Historical Studies, Inc.

About the Author
The Sagstetter byline has appeared on hundreds of magazine articles to date. The Sagstetters have been on the staff of a national magazine and were a correspondent/photographer team for the Denver Post. This is their second book. They produced several documentaries about the West that aired on primetime television. One of their films, "The Mystery of Huajatolla", won a Special Award at the Aspen Arts Film Festival in 1978. Bill was an honorarium instructor in filmmaking at the University of Colorado/Denver for several years. Bill's name appears on more than twenty patents to date. Both Bill and Beth are listed in Marquis' Who's Who in the West.

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: BenchMark Publishing; 1st edition (July 15, 1998)
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches

Price: $22.95