Recommended Reading

I am often asked how I find all of the places on this site. One of the ways is through book research. What follows below is a selected recommended reading list. I own all of these books and more. I’ve even read some of them.

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Out of print books

  • Abandoned Settlements of the Eastern Mojave by Alan Hensher
  • Across the San Juan Mountains by T. A. Rickard
  • Adventures with a Desert Bush Pilot by Sylvia Winslow
  • American Indian Rock Art, various volumes
  • Anasazi Basketmaker : papers from the 1990 Wetherill-Grand Gulch Symposium by Victoria M Atkins
  • Ancient Peoples and Cultures of Death Valley by William Wallace, Edith Wallace
  • Ancient Rock Carvings of the Central Sierra by Willis A Gortner
  • Archaeological Inventory Report of the Owlshead Amargosa Mojave Basin Planning Units of the Southern California Desert Area by Richard H Brooks, Richard Wilson, Sheilagh Brooks
  • Archaeology and Rock Art of the Eastern Sierra and Great Basin Frontier by Alan Garfinkel
  • Archaeology of Selected Springs and Playas on Fort Irwin and in Portions of the Avawatz Mountains by Russell L Kaldenberg
  • Archeological Overview of Great Basin National Park by Krista Deal
  • Archeological Survey of the Mojave River Area and Adjacent Regions by Gerald A Smith
  • Archeological Survey of the Twenty Nine Palms Region by Elizabeth W Crozer Campbell
  • Archeology of Mitchell Caverns by Diana G Pinto
  • Archeology of the Death Valley Salt Pan, California by Alice Hunt
  • Arches of the Alabama Hills by Orlyn Fordham
  • Arches of the Escalante Canyons and Kaiparowits Plateau by Jens Munthe
  • Aurora by Alan H Patera

  • Background of Historic and Prehistoric Resources of the East Mojave Desert Region by Chester King, Dennis G Casebier
  • Basic Bottle Identification by Jim Rock
  • Before the Navy by Department of the Navy Staff
  • Belmont, Nevada by Alan H. Patera
  • Bennettville and the Tioga Mining District by Alan H. Patera
  • Between Tonopah and Goldfield. A History of Klondike, Gold Reef and Divide by Alan H. Patera
  • Bighorn of Death Valley by Ralph E. Welles
  • Blue Mountain City and Mitchell Mill by Alan H. Patera, Wally Motloch
  • Boom Town History, Centennial Celebration of Nye County, Nevada and Death Valley Area Mining Camps by Jean Johnson
  • Boomtown History II, Celebration of Goldfield-Tonopah Area Boomtowns by Jean Johnson
  • Brief Commentary on Cans by Jim Rock
  • Burro Bill and Me by Edna C. Price

  • Calaveras County Illustrated and Described, 1885 by Charles Clough (editor)
  • Calaveras County Mining, Logging and Railroading 1848-Present by Ronald H Limbaugh, Williard P Fuller Jr.
  • Can Chronology by Jim Rock
  • Carrara and the Mining Camps of Bare Mountain by Alan H. Patera
  • Cartago, My Cartago by George Pipkin
  • Caves of California by William R. Halliday
  • Celebration of Nevada’s Semicentennial of Statehood by Joe Farnsworth
  • Cerro Gordo A Ghost Town Caught Between Centuries by Cecile Page Vargo
  • Chemehuevi Indians of Southern California by Ron Miller
  • A Concise History of Mine Hoisting by Paul Mogensen
  • Cultural Resource Overview for the Amargosa Mojave Basin Planning Units by Claude N Warren, Martha Knack, Elizabeth von Till Warren
  • Cultural Resource Overview of the Eureka, Saline, Panamint and Darwin Region, East Central, California by Richard H Norwood, Charles S Bull, Ronald Quinn
  • Cultural Resources of the California Desert 1776-1980, Historic Trails and Wagon Roads by Elizabeth von Till Warren, Ralph J Roske
  • Culture Resource Overview of the Bureau of Land Management Coleville, Bodie, Benton, and Owens Valley Planning Units by Colin I Busby, John M Findlay, James C Bard

  • Darwin by Robert P. Palazzo
  • Death Valley and Its Country by George Palmer Putnam
  • Death Valley Jeep Trails by Roger Mitchell
  • Death Valley Splendid Desolation by Stewart Aitchison
  • Desert Magazine, various issues
  • Desert Sands by George Pipkin
  • Discovering Washington’s Historic Mines, volumes 1 – 4 by various

  • East Mojave Heritage Trail: Fenner to Needles by Dennis Casebier
  • East Mojave Heritage Trail: Ivanpah to Rocky Ridge by Dennis Casebier
  • East Mojave Heritage Trail: Needles to Ivanpah by Dennis Casebier
  • East Mojave Heritage Trail: Rocky Ridge to Fenner by Dennis Casebier
  • Eastern Sierra Jeep Trails by Roger Mitchell
  • Exploring Joshua Tree by Roger Mitchell
  • Exploring Old Mines by Robert L. Desmarais
  • Exploring the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway by Roger Mitchell, Loris Mitchell

  • Four rock art studies by C. William Clewlow, Jr.
  • From this Mountain – Cerro Gordo by Robert C Likes, Glenn R Day
  • Funeral Mountains Mining Camps and Mines by Alan H Patera

  • Gabbs Valley, Nevada: Its History and legend by Ruth Fenstermaker Danner
  • Ghost Mines of Yosemite by Douglass Hubbard
  • Ghost Town of Colorado by Workers of the Writer’s Program WPA
  • Gold Mining in the Crafton Hills by Historical Research Group of Yucaipa
  • Gold Mountain, Nevada by Alan H. Patera
  • Gold Road to La Paz by Delmer G. Ross
  • Goldfield’s fabulous boom by Alan H. Patera
  • Goodsprings by Alan H. Patera
  • Grand Canyon Jeep Trails I North Rim by Roger Mitchell
  • Great Basin SUV Trails by Roger Mitchell, Loris Mitchell
  • Great Basin SUV Trails – Volume II: Southwestern Nevada by Roger Mitchell, Loris Mitchell
  • The Great Understander, True Life Story of the Last of the Wells Fargo Shotgun Express Messengers by William Walter
  • Greenwater by Harold O. Weight
  • The Guide to Bodie and Eastern Sierra Historic Sites by George J. Williams
  • A Guide to the Beale Wagon Road Through the Kaibab National Forest by Jack Beale Smith

  • Handbook of the Kawaiisu by Alan P. Garfinkel, Harold Williams
  • Hidden Beneath the Mountains: The Caves of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks by Joel Despain
  • Hiking and Climbing in the Great Basin National Park by Michael R. Kelsey
  • Hiking between Groveland and Yosemite by Hap Barhydt
  • Historic Overview, North District Ecosystem Management Analysis Area, Stanislaus National Forest by Carlo M. De Ferrari
  • Historic resource study, a history of mining in Death Valley National Monument by Linda W Greene, John A. Latschar
  • An Historical Overview of Mining within the Stanislaus National Forest Embracing an Area between the Tuolumne And Merced Rivers by Dana E Supernowicz
  • Hornsilver, Gold Point Nevada by Alan H. Patera
  • Humboldt Range – Unionville, Star City, Humboldt City, Santa Clara, Lima, Prince Royal by Alan H. Patera

  • In the Footsteps of our Ancestors: Guide to Wild Foods by Christopher Nyerges
  • Indian Rock Art of Southern California by Gerald A. Smith, Wilson G. Turner
  • Inventory and Evaluation of the Cave Resources to be Impacted by the New Melones Reservoir Project by J. Michael McEachern, Mark A. Grady
  • Inyo Mono Jeep Trails by Roger Mitchell
  • Inyo-Mono SUV Trails by Roger Mitchell

  • Journigan’s Tucki Gold Mine by Russ Journigan

  • Kelso Conference Papers, 1987-1992 by G. Dicken Everson (editor), Joan S. Schneider (editor)

  • The Lost Cement Mine by James W. Wright
  • Lundy by Alan H. Patera
  • Lundy, Gem of the Eastern Sierra by Jim Hanna

  • Mammoth-Mono Country by Lew Clark, Ginny Clark
  • Melones, a Story of a Stanislaus River Town by Julia G. Costello
  • Memories of El Portal by James Law
  • Mines of Death Valley by L. Burr Belden
  • Mines of the East Fork by John W Robinson
  • Mines of the Eastern Sierra by Mary DeDecker
  • Mines of the High Desert by Ronald Miller
  • Mines of the Mojave by Ron Miller, Peggy Miller
  • Mines of the San Bernardinos by John W. Robinson
  • Mining Districts and Mineral Resources of Nevada by Francis G. Lincoln
  • Mining History and Geology of Joshua Tree National Park by Margaret R. Eggers (editor)
  • Mining History Journal, 22 Annual Journal of the Mining History Association by Lysa Wegman-French
  • The Mojave Indians by Gerald Arthur Smith

  • Native American Basketry of Southern California by Christopher L. Moser
  • Nevada, An Annotated Bibliography by Stanley W. Paher
  • Nevada, Ghost Towns by Northwest Distributors Inc
  • Nevada Historical Society Papers by various
  • Nevada Historical Society Quarterlies by various
  • Nevada State Historical Society Papers by various
  • Nevada Wilderness Areas and Great Basin National Park by Michael C. White

  • Old Ores, Mining History in the Eastern Mojave Desert by Robert E. Reynolds
  • Old-Timers of Southeastern California by Lester Reed
  • One Hundred Years of History in the California Desert, An Overview of Historic Archeological Resources at Joshua Tree National Monument by Patricia Parker

  • Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterlies by various
  • Pacific Northwest Mining Camps by Alan H Patera
  • Petroglyphs and Pueblo Myths of the Rio Grande by Carol Patterson Rudolph
  • Pictographs of the Coso Region by Robert A. Schiffman, David S. Whitley, Alan P. Garfinkel, Stephen B. Andrews
  • Pilgrims in the Desert, Early History of the East Mojave Desert and the Baker, Calfornia Area by Le Hayes
  • The Pinto basin site : an ancient aboriginal camping ground in the California desert by Elizabeth W. Crozer Campbell, William H. Campbell
  • Pioneers of Mono Basin by Margaret Calhoun
  • Place Names of the Sierra Nevada by Peter Browning
  • Prehistoric Rock Art of California by Robert F. Heizer, C. W. Clewlow Jr.
  • Prehistoric Rock Art of Nevada and Eastern California by Robert F. Heizer
  • Prehistory of Black Canyon by Charley Howe

  • Recollections of a Young Desert Rat by Daniel Cronkhite
  • Report of an Archaeological Reconnaissance in the Mohave Sink Region by Malcolm J. Rogers
  • Reveille District by Alan H. Patera
  • Rhyolite’s Demise by Alan H. Patera
  • Rochester Nevada – The New Tonopah by Marianne Babal
  • A Rock Art Inventory at Hueco Tanks State Park, Texas by John V. Davis, Kay S. Toness
  • Rock Art North of Bishop by Christopher Raven
  • Rock Art of Black Canyon by Wilson G. Turner
  • Rock Art of Owens Valley by Jay C. von Werlhof
  • Rock Art Papers by various
  • Rock Drawings of the Coso Range by Campbell Grant, James W Baird, J. Kenneth Pringle

  • Sierra Centennial: 100 years of Pioneering on the Sierra National Forest by Gene Rose
  • Silver Mountain, California; Delamar, Nevada; Lafayette, Oregon by Alan H. Patera
  • Silver Stampede by Neill C. Wilson
  • Skidoo! by Alan H. Patera, David A. Wright
  • Southern California SUV Trails II: Eastern Mojave Desert by Roger Mitchell, Loris Mitchell
  • Southern California SUV Trails Vol 1 The Western Mojave Desert by Roger Mitchell, Loris Mitchell
  • Southwestern Ghost Town Atlas by H. Cyril Johnson
  • Spirits of the Earth Vol. 1: A Study of Earthern Art in the North American Deserts, the North Desert by Jay Von Werlof
  • Staking My Claim by Frieda Moores Reish

  • Tecopa Mines, Operating during 82 Years of the Death Valley Region Mining Boom by Ken Lengner, George Ross
  • That They May Know and Remember, Volume 2 Spirits of the Earth by Jay von Werlhof
  • Those Who Came Before: Southwestern Archeology in the National Park System by Robert Hill Lister
  • Tim Hafen on Pahrump Valley History by Tim Hafen
  • The Tin Can Book by Hyla M. Clark
  • Trails Across the Mojave by Grace Jackson, Lucille Matson
  • Treasures of the Tavaputs: The Archaeology of Desolation Canyon by Jerry Spangler
  • Troy, Nevada & the Grant Range by Jeanne Sharp Howerton
  • Twilight of the Jackass Prospector by George R. Cartter
  • Tybo, Nevada by Robert D McCracken and Jeanne Sharp Howerton

  • White Smith’s Fabulous Salt Tram by Mary DeDecker
  • With Infinite Toil, Historical Archaeology in the Beveridge Mining District by Karen K. Swope

More to come!

If you have a suggestion for a book that I don’t have and should include in my library and the above list, please let me know.


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