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Ghost Town Stories of BC

Tales of Hope, Heroism and Tragedy

by (author) Johnnie Bachusky

Heritage House Publishing
Initial publish date
Apr 2009
General, Historical, General
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    Publish Date
    Feb 2011
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2009
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  • Age: 10
  • Grade: 5


Many of BC's old mining towns are now abandoned ruins, disappearing into the wilderness. These once-thriving towns and the pioneers who built them are remembered in 10 fascinating stories of hard work and heroism. A mine rescue worker sadly recounts a tale of death underground at Coal Creek. Three eccentric old bachelors become the final residents of Phoenix. Legends of Spanish treasure near a Vancouver Island gold-rush town persist to this day. Experience BC's colourful past in these entertaining stories from the province's vanished communities.

About the author

Johnnie Bachusky is a national award–winning journalist who has explored hundreds of ghost towns across western and northern Canada since the late 1990s. He has written dozens of ghost-town and heritage-related articles for newspapers and magazines in Canada. His heritage photography has been featured in national and international publications, and he has been consulted on and featured in many television and film documentaries. As well, he is the co-creator of three acclaimed websites about ghost towns and the heritage photography site Silent Structures. He lives with his wife Darlis, daughter Darlana, three cats and a hound in Red Deer, Alberta. And yes, in 2009 he was named Canada’s Worst Handyman on the Discovery Channel program of the same name.

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Editorial Reviews

p class=review_text>“[Cleverly engages the reader with an interesting character or event . . . then weaves in the history of the settlement. . . well-researched, informative, and entertaining.” —BC Books for BC Schools

Librarian Reviews

Ghost Town Stories of BC: Tales of Hope, Heroism and Tragedy

British Columbia has many ghost towns. Often based on the mining or logging industries, these communities tended to develop quickly but were abandoned just as quickly when their economic situations deteriorated or the political landscape changed. The author cleverly engages the reader with an interesting character or event, such as the professional baseball player who began his career in a BC internment camp or the tragic explosion at the Coal Creek mine, he then weaves in the history of the settlement. Eleven BC ghost towns are featured in this well-researched, informative and entertaining book in the Amazing Stories series.

Caution: Stories feature murders, fatalities, ghosts, mining accidents, internment camps and drinking so should be used with discretion in elementary schools.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2009-2010.

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