Title

ONLY A FACADE? MANAGING NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN GHOST TOWNS.

Presenter Information

Krista Evans

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

Managing and preserving remote Western ghost towns can be challenging; from choosing a preservation strategy, to attracting enough visitors to remain economically viable. This poster explores current management and preservation practices used in four ghost towns found in the Northern Rocky Mountains of Idaho and Montana. Their histories, geographies, and contemporary contexts are given. By examining examples of well-known, successful ghost towns, such as Bodie, California, and Virginia City, Nevada, models may be elucidated for the revitalization of the four ghost towns I am studying. This poster will provide geographers and heritage preservationists with information and suggestions regarding how to best manage historical townscapes in addition to contributing to a greater understanding of Western ghost town dynamics.

Poster Number

28

Faculty Mentor(s)

Mathew Novak

Additional Mentoring Department

Geography

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ONLY A FACADE? MANAGING NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN GHOST TOWNS.

SURC Ballroom C/D

Managing and preserving remote Western ghost towns can be challenging; from choosing a preservation strategy, to attracting enough visitors to remain economically viable. This poster explores current management and preservation practices used in four ghost towns found in the Northern Rocky Mountains of Idaho and Montana. Their histories, geographies, and contemporary contexts are given. By examining examples of well-known, successful ghost towns, such as Bodie, California, and Virginia City, Nevada, models may be elucidated for the revitalization of the four ghost towns I am studying. This poster will provide geographers and heritage preservationists with information and suggestions regarding how to best manage historical townscapes in addition to contributing to a greater understanding of Western ghost town dynamics.