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Source References for theGeoZone

This and the following pages enumerate the books, periodicals, maps, publications, and other reference materials that we explored in our research of the literature during the two-decade period of compiling theGeoZone's Lost Treasure Tales and their Mining Histories, Geological Assessments, and Prospecting Potential.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the literally countless years invested by these authors, researchers, and scientists; and, further, thank them for the efforts which allowed us to learn from and leverage their work, augment and extend their work with our own field exploration, -- and bring you theGeoZone's Lost Treasure Tales as a result.

Many of the works listed below are either out of print or represent specialized technical literature not generally available. Consequently, only portions of this compilation are present in the over-200 titles provided in the Further Reading pages of theGeoZone. You may nevertheless be able to obtain certain items of interest from Amazon.com, university libraries, or other sources as we did.


Alt, David, D., and Hyndman, Donald, W., Roadside Geology of Northern California, Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, Montana, 249 pp.

Barry, L., 1972, The Beginning of the West: Annals of the Kansas Gateway to the American West, 1540-1854, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas.

Barth, Richard, 1997, Pioneers of the Colorado Parks, The Caxton Printers, Ltd., Caldwell, Idaho, 276 pp.

Bateman, A.M., 1942, Economic Mineral Deposits, John Wiley and sons, Inc., New York.

Black, Jack, 1975, Gold Locations of the United States, Del Oeste Press, Tarzana, California, 174 pp.

Brown, Vinson, Allan, David, and Stark, James, 1972, Rocks and Minerals of California, Naturegraph Publishers, Happy Camp, California, 200 pp.

Campa, A. L., 1963, Treasure of the Sangre De Cristos, Tales and Traditions of the Spanish Southwest, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK, 223 pp.

Carson, Glenn H., 1995, A Guide to Treasure in Colorado, Carson Enterprises, Deming, NM, 217 pp.

Chalfant, W. A., 1947, Gold, Guns, and Ghost Towns, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 175 pp.

Chalfant, William Y., 1994, Dangerous Passage: The Santa Fe Trail and the Mexican War, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, 325 pp.

Chronic, Halka, 1980, Roadside Geology of Colorado, Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, Montana, 321 pp.

Chronic, Halka, 1983, Roadside Geology of Arizona, Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, Montana, 321 pp.

Chronic, Halka, 1987, Roadside Geology of New Mexico, Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, Montana, 255 pp.

Conrotto, Eugene L., 1963, Lost Desert Bonanzas, Desert-Southwest Publishers, Palm Desert, California, 278 pp.

Crouch, Brodie, 1987, Jornada del Muerto: A Pageant of the Desert, The Arthur H. Clark Company, Spokane, Washington, 219 pp.

Dana, Edward S., 1943, Dana's Textbook of Mineralogy, 4th edition; editor: W.E. Ford, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.; New York, 851 pp.

Daniels, G.G., (editor), 1979, The Spanish West, (from the Old West series), Time/Life Books, Alexandria, Virginia.

Dobie, J. Frank, 1930, Coronados's Children, The Southwest Press, Dallas, Texas, 367 pp.

Eberhart, Perry, 1961, Treasure Tales of the Rockies, Sage Books, Denver, 294 pp.

Eberhart, Perry, 1981, Guide to the Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps, Ohio University Press, Athens, Ohio, 496 pp.

Fergusson, E., 1964, New Mexico: A Pageant of Three Peoples, Borzoi Books, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

Galopin, R. and Henry, N.F.M., 1972, Microscopic Study of Opaque Minerals, W. Heffer and Sons, Ltd., Cambridge, 322 pp.

Gudde, Erwin G., 1969, California Place Names: The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 416 p.

Gudde, Erwin, G.(edited by Elisabeth K. Gudde), 1975, California Gold Camps ( A Geographical and Historical Dictionary of Camps, Towns, and Localities Where Gold was Found and Mined; Wayside Stations and Trading Centers), University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 467 pp.

Hafen, L.R., (editor), 1972, Mountain Men and Fur Traders of the Far West, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Heydelaar, Pieter, 1991, Successful Nugget Hunting, A Metal Detecting Handbook and Field Guide by Pieter Heydelaar, 109 pp.

Jessen, Kenneth, 1998, Ghost Towns, Colorado Style, J.V. Publications, Loveland, Colorado, 508 pp.

Jessen, Kenneth, 1999, Ghost Towns, Colorado Style: Central Region, Vol. 2, J.V. Publications, Loveland, Colorado, 616 pp.

Jessen, Kenneth, 2001, Ghost Towns, Colorado Style: Southern Region, Vol. 3, J.V. Publications, Loveland, Colorado, 632 pp.

Johnson, M.G., 1980, Placer Gold Deposits of New Mexico, Del Oeste Press, Tarzana, California.

Kenner, C.L., 1969, A History of New Mexican-Plains Indian Relations, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma.

Kimbler, F.S. and Narsavage, R.J., 1981, New Mexico Rocks and Minerals: The Collecting Guide, Sunstone Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Lavender, D., 1975, The Rockies, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, New York.

Lavender, D., 1980, The Southwest, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, New York.

Lewis, J.V. and A.C. Hawkins, 1947, Determinative Mineralogy, 4th edition, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 254 pp.

Love, Frank, 1974, Mining Camps and Ghost Towns, A History of Mining in Arizona and California along the Lower Colorado, Westerlore Press, Los Angeles, California, 192 pp.

Mack, Greg H., 1997, The Geology of Southern New Mexico, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 176 pp.

Marshall, J. B., and Cornelius, T. H., 1961, Golden Treasures of the San Juan, Sage Books, Denver, 235 pp.

McDonald, Douglas, 1981, Nevada Lost Mines and Buried Treasures, Nevada Publications, Las Vegas, Nevada, 128 pp.

Miller, Donald C., 1980, Ghost Towns of the Southwest - Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Pruett Publishing Company, Boulder, Colorado, 128 pp.

Nadeau, Remi, 1965, Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of California, The Ward Ritchie Press, Los Angeles, 278 pp.

Northrop, S.A., 1959, Minerals of New Mexico, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Paher, Stanley W., 1970, Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps, Howell-North Books, Berkeley, California, 492 pp.

Pepper, Choral, 1998, Western Treasure Tales, University Press of Colorado, Niwot, Colorado, 130 pp.
Pogue, J.E., 1974, Turquois, Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, Volume 12, Part II, The Rio Grande Press, Inc., Glorieta, New Mexico.

Ream, Lanny R., 1981, Gem, Mineral and Gold Collector’s Guide to Mineral Laws and Regulations, Lanny R. Ream, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 67 pp.

Sanchez, Joseph P., 1997, Explorers, Traders, and Slavers: Forging the Old Spanish Trail 1678-1850, University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, Utah, 186.

Sherman, James E. and Barbara H., 1975, Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of New Mexico, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, 270 pp.

Simpson, Bessie W., and Simpson, Harry M., 1984, Gem Trails of Arizona: A Field Guide for Collectors, Gem Guides Book Company, Pico Rivera, California, 96 pp.

Sprague, M., 1964, The Great Gates - The Story of the Rocky Mountain Passes, Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, Massachusetts.

Stone, I., 1956, Men to Match My Mountains, (The Opening of the Far West, 1840-1900), Doubleday and Company, Inc., Garden City, New York.

Terrell, J.U., 1973, Pueblos, Gods, and Spaniards, The Dial Press, New York, New York.

Terrell, J.U., 1975, The Plains Apache, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, New York.

Trimble, Marshall, 1977, Arizona: A Panoramic History of a Frontier State, Doubleday and Company, Inc. Garden City, New York, 404 pp.

Trimble, Marshall, 1986, Roadside History of Arizona, Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, Montana, 482 pp.

Ungnade, Herbert E., 1972, Guide to the New Mexico Mountains, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 235 pp.

Vandenbusche, Duane, 1980, The Gunnison Country, B & B Printers, Gunnison, Inc., Gunnison, Colorado, 472 pp.

Wooley, Alan: editor, 1978, Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Mineral Kingdom, Larousse and Company, Inc., New York, NY, 240 pp.

Wolle, M.S., 1953, The Bonanza Trail: Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of the West, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana.