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    South Dakota Ghost Towns

    Very new to this site. It is wonderful.
    I am a history buff, mostly Ghost Towns.
    Been working on a project now for the last
    3 years, listing ghost towns in the Black Hills
    of S. Dak. Most all information has came from
    library micro-fiche, word of mouth from old timers,
    and actual beating the paths finding old settlements.
    I have approximately 400 locations, and directions to
    get to them + co-ordinates. The list is not complete as
    of this writing, but if one needs directions to one of these
    places, I would be thrilled to help them out. Just send an
    email. Again, what a site this treasure net is. Actual pictures
    is next on my agenda.

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    Re: South Dakota Ghost Towns

    Good to talk to you too Hossnv.
    Never thought much about Ghost Towns until I made a nice discovery alongside
    a foundation with no building. Found out the foundation was a boarding house that catered to the rich supporters from back east. One find led to another and the adrenaline was running. Never thought putting this book together would take so much of my time, but enjoying every second of it now. Ghost Towns are a great place to MD. Makes sense that we loose things today the same as they did back then.

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    Jan 2007
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    Re: South Dakota Ghost Towns

    I've got some great old Black Hills maps on my site:

    http://menotomymaps.com/gold_claim_maps.asp


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    Mar 2010
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    Re: South Dakota Ghost Towns

    Any updates, goodie hunter? Sounds like a very interesting project! There are a lot of ghost towns in the Black Hills that have disappeared, especially in the last couple of decades, hopefully we don't lose any more. We lost the Trojan schoolhouse last year, and Trojan was demolished a few years before that. Also, your website is pretty handy, menotomymaps. I've seen in a bunch of old South Dakota maps a town called 'New Chicago', but I have never been able to find any historical information on it, nor have I ever seen it mentioned anywhere other than on maps. Does anyone know if it was actually a functioning town, or mining camp, or if there's anything left of it?

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    Re: South Dakota Ghost Towns

    Quote Originally Posted by Maitland
    Any updates, goodie hunter? Sounds like a very interesting project! There are a lot of ghost towns in the Black Hills that have disappeared, especially in the last couple of decades, hopefully we don't lose any more. We lost the Trojan schoolhouse last year, and Trojan was demolished a few years before that. Also, your website is pretty handy, menotomymaps. I've seen in a bunch of old South Dakota maps a town called 'New Chicago', but I have never been able to find any historical information on it, nor have I ever seen it mentioned anywhere other than on maps. Does anyone know if it was actually a functioning town, or mining camp, or if there's anything left of it?
    Glad to hear the maps are of use to you.

    "New Chicago" I researched that a few years ago and came up empty - no idea where the name came from or what it is/was.


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    Re: South Dakota Ghost Towns

    Quote Originally Posted by Maitland
    Any updates, goodie hunter? Sounds like a very interesting project! There are a lot of ghost towns in the Black Hills that have disappeared, especially in the last couple of decades, hopefully we don't lose any more. We lost the Trojan schoolhouse last year, and Trojan was demolished a few years before that. Also, your website is pretty handy, menotomymaps. I've seen in a bunch of old South Dakota maps a town called 'New Chicago', but I have never been able to find any historical information on it, nor have I ever seen it mentioned anywhere other than on maps. Does anyone know if it was actually a functioning town, or mining camp, or if there's anything left of it?
    New Chicago
    In Lawrence County S Dak.
    NE Corner of T5N, R2E
    Early reports tells of a successful placer on False Bottom Creek, just above New Chicago. So New Chicago, I believe would have had
    to be the same as what was known as Maitland.

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    Jan 2007
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    Re: South Dakota Ghost Towns

    Quote Originally Posted by goodie hunter
    Quote Originally Posted by Maitland
    Any updates, goodie hunter? Sounds like a very interesting project! There are a lot of ghost towns in the Black Hills that have disappeared, especially in the last couple of decades, hopefully we don't lose any more. We lost the Trojan schoolhouse last year, and Trojan was demolished a few years before that. Also, your website is pretty handy, menotomymaps. I've seen in a bunch of old South Dakota maps a town called 'New Chicago', but I have never been able to find any historical information on it, nor have I ever seen it mentioned anywhere other than on maps. Does anyone know if it was actually a functioning town, or mining camp, or if there's anything left of it?
    New Chicago
    In Lawrence County S Dak.
    NE Corner of T5N, R2E
    Early reports tells of a successful placer on False Bottom Creek, just above New Chicago. So New Chicago, I believe would have had
    to be the same as what was known as Maitland.
    Great research, Goodie!

 

 

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