Ghost Town Wednesday: Coolidge, Montana (327) – This was an old silver mining town located south of Butte. Silver was first discovered in the 1870’s, but transportation costs were limited and profits barely eked out. It was revived in the early 1900’s and the town established was named after Calvin Coolidge, then Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts.
Off The Map: Ghost Towns of the Mother Road: Bagdad, California (138) – This town is said to have been named after a similarly dry and dusty place, Baghdad, Iraq. The town steadily grew as a transportation hub during the height of mining activity in the area. Then came Route 66 . . . and then bust when 66 ceased to exist. Bagdad Cafe inspired the movie of the same name.
Wild West Wednesday: Charles “Colorado Charlie” Utter (145) – He was said to be a “courageous little man”, impeccably dressed and groomed at all times — “dandified” he was called. He hung out with the likes of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and a woman known as “Madame Moustache” (quite a character she was!).
Wild West Wednesday: Elsa Jane Guerin (a.k.a. Mountain Charley) (123) – Another “Charley” but this one was a woman, although she got the nickname from dressing up as a man — ostensibly to be able to work and feed herself. She roamed the West, worked in mining towns and made headlines — Horace Greeley once wrote a story about her. Interesting character who lived her life as she pleased, regardless of what anyone else thought of her.
Wild Weather Wednesday: The Great Natchez Tornado of 1840 (101) – Details of a devastating storm that tore through the Natchez, Mississippi area on May 7, 1840. Although there was no way to measure a tornado’s strength back in those days, it is still considered to be the second deadliest tornado in American history. Includes interesting early history of the area.
If you read these stories earlier this year, please share them with your friends and family. Next week I’ll highlight some of my favorites that didn’t get a lot of attention, but I feel are worthy of a “second chance.”
Have a GREAT day . . . someday it will be HISTORY!
© Sharon Hall (Digging History), 2014.