The Nevada Ghost Towns/Sites package features a transparent overlay printed from a modern Nevada road system and placed over the four sections of the 1881 map of Nevada. The purpose is to show the changes in the state over a period of approximately 100 years. Place names may appear on the historical maps but may be absent on the current map. The reader should note that some of the early locations were moved from time to time while others changed their names or simply failed. The reader should be reminded that some of the early place names might have been a post office operated in a ranch house or an early stage station as well as town sites. Some locations were moved from time to time while others changed their names or simply failed.
Accompanying text with anecdotal stories from the history of each of the four sections of the state appears on the reverse sides of maps #3-6. For example, the town site of Dayton is one of the oldest towns in the state; gold was discovered there in 1849. it was named for an early surveyor who when passing through agreed to plot the town provided it would carry his name. This was John Day who became the Surveyor General in 1868.
While perusing and studying the maps in this collection, readers should be reminded of the limitations of early surveyors who most likely used primitive equipment and limited cartographic knowledge. All maps in the Ghost Town series are reproduced from authentic documents on file from various archival collections such as the National Archives, Library of Congress and state libraries.
Nevada Ghost Towns/Sites: Then and Now is a package, measuring 6.5″ x 9″, containing six maps of the state of Nevada. The very readable maps (measuring 18″ x 24″ unfolded) were selected for quality, age and location details. This package includes:
Map #1, side 1 Nevada 1882. Side 2 Nevada ghost town sites
Map #2, side 1 Nevada 1900. Side 2 Nevada populations
Map #3, side 1 Nevada 1881 northwest section with overlay. Side 2 is text
Map #4, side 1 Nevada 1881 northeast section with overlay. Side 2 is text
Map #5, side 1 Nevada 1881 southwest section with overlay. Side 2 is text
Map #6, side 1 Nevada 1881 southeast section with overlay. Side 2 is text