Ghost Town Wednesday:  Lone Star, Texas

Ghost Town Wednesday: Lone Star, Texas

  This ghost town in northeast Cherokee County was first known as “Skin Tight”.  According to legend the community got that name after cattle buyer and merchant Henry L. Reeves opened a store.  It’s believed the name was due either to Reeves’ “close trading tactics”...
Ghost Town Wednesday:  Cornucopia, Oregon

Ghost Town Wednesday: Cornucopia, Oregon

Gold was first discovered near the Idaho border in eastern Oregon in 1884 by Lon Simmons.  The town of Cornucopia, which in Latin means “Horn of Plenty”, sprung up – said to have been named after the mining town of Cornucopia, Nevada.  In July of 1885 five hundred men...
Ghost Town Wednesday:  Indianola, Texas

Ghost Town Wednesday: Indianola, Texas

Indianola is referred to as the “queen of Texas ghost towns” and could actually be filed under two Digging History Wednesday categories – ghost towns and wild weather.  German immigrants began settling in the area in the mid-1840’s and in 1846 the town of Indian...
Ghost Town Wednesday:  Rush, Arkansas

Ghost Town Wednesday: Rush, Arkansas

Indian legends about long-lost silver mines brought prospectors to Marion County in north central Arkansas during the 1880’s.  News of shiny metallic flakes found in rocks caused a “silver rush”, bringing wealth-seekers from the nearby states of...