October is ghost season and the Arizona State Archives is celebrating with a display of documents and photographs. Come to the state archives and see a series of exhibits relating to Arizona ghost towns and abandoned places, Thursday, October 1. Learn more here.
The first exhibit, opening October 1 for one-day only, includes territorial maps and an 1879 steamship log that once led to thriving communities. The liveliness of these towns can be seen from the records left behind. For example, the town of Gold Road, can be experienced through an inquest from a murder that occurred there. Citizens of Pah-Ute County, Ariz. wrote a protest letter refusing to pay taxes to the Territory of Nevada in spite of the fact that Congress passed legislation making Pah-ute County part of Nevada.
Throughout the month, a smaller exhibit related to Arizona ghost towns will be on display in celebration of Arizona Archives Month.
The display will be available to the public at the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building, 1901 W. Madison, Phoenix, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except state holidays.
For more on Arizona ghost towns, check out Reading Arizona’s collection of spooky ebooks. Look for more Halloween ebooks and State Library events this month!