PHILOSOPHY

     Information and Preservation! That is what we are all about. Ghosttowns.com was founded in March 1998 with the intent of making the largest and most up to date online ghost towns and old west historical reference site for all to see. At ghosttowns.com, we feel it is important to preserve our heritage and promote the learning and understanding of our culture. This website is geared toward just that. We hope that through learning and understanding of our culture will come an appreciation, and that through this appreciation will come more efforts to preserve what little there is left. Whether a true ghost that only a hard core off road enthusiast can get to, or a semi-ghost anyone can bring that family to, they all deserve reference on this site. We fully support any preservation acts for any and all ghost towns and we hope as we get larger to spearhead a few ourselves.
     We don't, however, support the complete closing of any historical sites. To us that is like a tree falling in the forest that no one hears. If no one hears it, did it really fall? If no one is allowed to see a ghost town, is it really there? In our opinion, there is a line to preservation and that line is crossed when a site is totally and completely off limits to anyone. In this case, the ghost town or historical site no longer serves any purpose and might as well be bulldozed. People need to see, touch, feel and experience these sites of historical significance. Otherwise, what are they being preserved for?
     We do, however, acknowledge that there are a few bad apples out there that ruin it for the rest of us. By this we mean one thing: Vandalism. It is not our intent via this site to provide directions for vandals to the next vandal nirvana. This is why we do not provide exact directions to the majority of ghost towns on our website. The serious ghost towner can read our Visiting page and figure out exactly how to locate these towns with just a little research. We hope that this will keep the vandals out and the serious ghost towners in!

THE STAFF

Todd Underwood          Boris Vasilev           Rich Rayls

     Todd Underwood and Boris Vasilev are the webmasters and Rich Rayls is our account sales representative. All three staff members have been ghosttowning for most of their lives in the southwest and have a lot of experience in the field. We also have some major writing contributors to ghosttowns.com, the most noteworthy being Henry Breckenridge Chenoweth. Henry is a retired ghost towns connoisseur who enjoys writing town histories for us among other editorials he writes for other publications. If you would like to email any of the staff, here are their email addresses.




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