Old Mill and Dam: Slate History Trail

“Little Hazard Brook once powered sawmills and slate mills as it wound its way from Glen Lake, or Screwsriver Pond, to Lake Bomoseen. From the sawmill, Hazard Brook ran underground to the waterwheel in the slate mill. An old outlet near the Barlow house may have furnished water power for earlier mills. “-Bomoseen State ParkContinue reading “Old Mill and Dam: Slate History Trail”

Remainder of Slate Mill

“The Slate Mill: In 1868, the slate company built a new mill for the preparation of purple and green flooring, billiard tables, sinks and washtubs. At the time the mill was constructed, it was one of the largest slate finishing mills in the country. The mill was powered by a waterwheel 24 feet in diameter.Continue reading “Remainder of Slate Mill”

GHOST TOWNS OF ARIZONA by James and Barbara Sherman: Book Recommendation

I have a book recommendation for you: GHOST TOWNS OF ARIZONA by James and Barbara Sherman. This book is absolutely FILLED with black & white photos!  The entries are in alphabetical order.  Plus, the authors decided NOT to include technical mining information.  Instead, they chose to focus on keeping the town descriptions short and interesting. 

GHOST TOWNS by Gary B. Speck: Book Recommendation

Today, I am offering a book recommendation. And that book is: GHOST TOWNS by Gary B. Speck. Full color photos fill the pages as well as just enough information about each town to whet ones appetite or to allow one to move forward quickly. This is a wonderful book to begin your ghost town journey.

Stamp Mill in Bodie, California & Description!

Today’s video is all about the Standard Stamp Mill located in Bodie, California. I visited there on the Friends of Bodie Day in August 2019. Even now, it is still one of the most interesting places I’ve ever visited. I did not have my YouTube channel back then, so the second half of the videoContinue reading “Stamp Mill in Bodie, California & Description!”


In today’s video, I am offering some history on Bodie, California, a former mining town turned GHOST TOWN! I visited Bodie in August 2019 on Friends of Bodie Day. In order to attend, one must become a member. It’s a great time to go! There’s a lot of energy from like-minded Bodie Foundation members. WeContinue reading “BODIE, CALIFORNIA GHOST TOWN!”

Slate History Trail – COMPANY STORE with WORKER BELL! – Bomoseen State Park, Vermont: Part 3

“…All three buildings were built in the mid-1880’s.  The house to the left was the company store, built of slate and laid in cement.  The store was also the company office and post office.  The front of the building retains its bell, used to ring starting and quitting times at the quarries and mills.  TheContinue reading “Slate History Trail – COMPANY STORE with WORKER BELL! – Bomoseen State Park, Vermont: Part 3”

Slate History Trail – GHOST TOWN MILLS – Vermont: Part 2

This video is ALL about the 2 mills.  The first one was a sawmill and we’re looking from the road into the woods at ruins.  The second was a slate mill and we’re following the trail into those woods to see what’s left of the 1868 structure.  I’m so close, I could have touched it! Continue reading “Slate History Trail – GHOST TOWN MILLS – Vermont: Part 2”

Slate History Trail Leads to GHOST TOWN at Bomoseen State Park!

“During the 1800s, the village of West Castleton, Vermont was bustling with activity centered around the slate industry. Now a ghost town, you can find remains of the abandoned village within Bomoseen State Park. By taking the Slate History Trail, you can hike through the remains of West Castleton and its fascinating history. Within theContinue reading “Slate History Trail Leads to GHOST TOWN at Bomoseen State Park!”

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