Saturday, December 31, 2005

Treasure Island Words

Lillian the librarian looking up Charlie Chan at Treasure Island, our Monday Night Chat Room movie at (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Eastern Time] and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30).
ACTUARY: One who calculates insurance and annuity (a sum of money payable yearly or at regular intervals) premiums, reserves and dividends.+
ECTOPLASM: A substance held to produce spirit materialization and telekinesis (the production of motion in objects [as by a spiritualistic medium] without contact or physical means).+
EXPOSE: 1) To make known: bring to light (as something shameful).
2) To disclose the faults or crimes of.+
EXTRASENSORY PERCEPTION (aka ESP): Perception (as in telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition) that involves awareness of information about events external to the self not gained through the senses and not deductible from previous experience.+
LEVITATION: The act or process of levitating: the raising or lifting of a person or things by means held to be spiritual.+
PRESTIDIGITATION: (aka SLEIGHT OF HAND): 1 a) A conjuring trick requiring dexterity.
1 b) A cleverly executed trick or deception.
2 a) Skill and dexterity in conjuring tricks.
2 b) Adroitnes in deception.+
(prestidigitation, or sleight of hand)
+See Merriam-Webster Dictionary,
*See Charlie Chan Family,

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Treasure Island Bloopers

Talk about a treasury of bloopers!
We have them galore in Charlie Chan at Treasure Island, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.
We should start with one of the most interesting bad guys in Chandom, Dr. Zodiac.
The way the movie is set up, we're supposed to believe that he's the Turk (Trevor Bardette), who's in the Zodiac disguise later in the movie.
That won't work in the first scene when Charlie, Rhadini, and Peter Lewis go to Zodiac's house because the Turk doesn't have the time to let them in the house and then get into all that getup.
We now know that Zodiac is played by Gerald Mohr in that scene (and surely in the later one in the theatre since we hear his voice again).
We have no less an authority than Kay Linaker who played the spirit in the seance in the first scene.
Watch for when Charlie walks up to the Zodiac house by himself.
You'll see a black cat cross his path, possibly Puzzums who appeared as "Lucifer" in Charlie Chan's Secret!"
We also get to see a taxi driver who leaves his passengers but doesn't get his money--he just swipes at it!
Charlie, Lewis and Rhadini find Zodiac's vault in the house where all his blackmail information is kept.
Charlie starts a fire in there with only a few files from some of the file cabinets, walks out and closes the door.
Just how much does he expect all those files to burn up when he shuts off the oxygen supply by closing the door?!
And wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall when the fire insurance people show up?!
There is a major blooper in the levitation trick.
Everything is fine when Rhadini does it with Eve Cairo.
The next time Rhadini is showing how it's done with Jimmy on the table.
It should be obvious to everybody how it's done when Rhadini lifts the banner in front of the levitation table . . . Jimmy goes down a trap door as Eve Cairo's "stunt dummy" replaces him.
Another possible blooper is the slide that carries Jimmy from the levitation trick to the room below.
If it had a nail (or whatever) to tear a big hole in Jimmy's trousers, why didn't it ever tear a hole in Eve Cairo's evening dresses?
And finally . . .
Jimmy borrows one of Rhadini's jackets to cover the hole in his pants when he has to go onstage to make an announcement for Charlie.
Look at the shoulders on the jacket.
The one on the right side is perceptibly larger to accommodate all the props used in Rhadini's tricks.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Treasure Island Cast of Characters

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.
The cast a treasure trove of character actors, from Cesar Romero to Fred Kelsey (the lead detective with the busy eyebrows in the cab).
We have Sally Blane, one of Loretta Young's sisters, to Kay Linaker as the Seance Apparition who later went on to co-write "The Blob" and teach at Keene State College!
You can't get more variety than that!
Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan
Victor Sen Yung: Jimmy Chan
Cesar Romero: Fred Rhadini
Douglas Fowley: Peter Lewis
Pauline Moore: Eve Cairo
Donald MacBride: Deputy Police Chief J.J. Kilvaine
Wally Vernon: Elmer Kelner
Douglas Dumbrille: Stewart Salsbury, alias Thomas Gregory
Sally Bane: Stella Essex
Charles Halton: Uncle Redley
Billie Seward: Mrs. Bessie Sibley
June Gale: Myra Rhadini
Trevor Bardette: Abdul, the Turkish Servant
Louis Jean Heydt: Paul Essex, alias Paul Ellison
Fred Kelsey: Lead Detective, with bushy eyebrows in cab and at theatre
John Elliot: Doctor, backstage
Gerald Mohr: Doctor Zodiac
Kay Linaker: Seance Apparition

Monday, December 26, 2005

Honolulu Bloopers?!

Rush Glick has a blooper for us from Charlie Chan in Honolulu, which is appropriate since he runs our Monday Night Movie Chat Room at, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.
According to Rush:
In a potentially disastrous slip of the mind, Charlie forgot to have a certain bad guy searched for a gun! Fortunately, this criminal didn't take advantage of Mr. Chan's apparent slip. Of course, always at least a step (or two!) ahead of all of us, Charlie Chan just MAY have unloaded the gun earlier at some opportunity unseen by all of us (just as he had another weapon in the same film)!
There is also a scene with Jimmy and Willie in the Chan living room. I'm always curious who owns the golf clubs in the corner behind them!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Happy Holidays!

Happy Christmas!
and a
Happy Hanukkah!
We'll get to
New Year's Eve
next week!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Your Honolulu Travel Agency

Our next Monday Night Chat Room Movie is Charlie Chan in Honolulu (, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Eastern Time] and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.)
I thought that I would do a little research on traveling on freighters since Charlie--and sons!--end up amid assorted characters on the Susan B. Jennings.
If anybody things that you're sick and tire of the hustle and bustle of the Hoidays, check out,
"The Cruise People - Canada's Premier Sea Travel Agency"
Here goes:
Passenger freighters carry an average of four to five passengers, never more than twelve.
More than that and they'd need to carry a doctor, too.
The cargo MUST come first and take priority on scheduling itineraries and port stops.
"Container ships [which most freighters are] have short port stops (four to eight hours) while general cargo ships stop longer."
Passengers pretty much schedule their own days as they see fit without the formalities that are normally associated with cruise ships--or at least used to be!
This is perfect traveling for those who don't want or need others to entertain or structure their days and have the health, time and money to do it.
That means that frequently passengers must be under 70 years (and old enough to travel without parents!) and without Fluffy or Fido who may have to be shipped separately.
Facilities can be nice enough, high up enough and with windows to be comparable to cruise ships.
Eating can mean from cabins' sitting areas with refrigerators to dining with the officers in their mess (which can be four to six level, or decks, below without facilities for the handicapped.)
Many have a pantry open all the time for snacks and a passenger area with TV and VCR, stereo, games, cards or talking.
Beverages and other items are often low cost and duty-free.
Most ships have a deck for sitting, taking the sun, reading or watching any marine life that might drop by.
The crews are held to high standards with the latest necessary equipment.
They can often be counted on to advice passengers on ports to even guiding them ashore to the best places.
Passengers are recommended to be careful as they go around the ships until they are used to them to avoid hurt shins and awkwardness gangplanks.
What are the requirements for passenger freighter travel?
Valid passports are required and, in some cases, visas and shots are necessary. You will be sailing in a ship with many stairs to climb and with no doctor on bard. Your physician must sign a form indicating you are healthy enough to do this AND you must have out-of-country emergancy hospital/medical insurance that includes evacuation (sometimes called air ambulance) coverage. Cancellation insurance is not required but is hightly recommended. It is the passenger's responsibility to supply all necessary paperwork before boarding.
You can travel for one week to more than three months around the world.
The Jones Act, however, means that you can't sail between ports in the same country.
Which means you can't travel between New York and Miami, for example.
Cost is pretty much in Euros or pounds that wholesalers convert to the current rates, about Eu 65 to 120 per day.
American and Canadian dollars have gone down to 60% of the Euro.
What's included?
The fare includes passage, all food and accommodation. Most passengers rip the steward. you will need some funds for duty-free purchases and shore trips. Some lines charge separately for port taxes and fees and deviation insurance. [I have no idea what "deviation insurance is and I'm not sure I want to either!] Others build these charges in to the fare.
After going through all that . . . I'm staying home and putting my copy of Honolulu in to watch it with some turkey, dressing and an iced cold Coke!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Chan Movies for January

It's about time that we start planning ahead for New Year's and our January Monday Night Chan Rooms!
So here's our New Year's Baby :
And here's our list from Rush Glick at
(8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Eastern Time] and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30):
January 2 - Charlie Chan at Treasure Island
January 9 - Murder Over New York
January 16 - Charlie Chan at the Olympics
January 23 - The Chinese Cat
January 30 - Charlie Chan in Paris
See you there!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Honolulu Cast

Charlie Chan in Honolulu is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.
This is the first Chan with Sidney Toler, who took the series and carried on after the untimely death of Warner Oland.
(Courtesy of
Toler's Chan is surrounded by all of "his" children except # 1 Son, Lee, who is in New York at Art School.
Charlie still has lots to handle with the rest of his large Chan Klan, starting with # 1 Daughter about to have the Chan's # 1 Grandchild!
(Courtesy of
Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan
Victor Sen Young: Jimmy Chan
Phyllis Brooks: Judy Hayes
John "Dusty" King: George Randolph
Robert Barrat: Captain Johnson
Eddie Collins: Al Hogan
Claire Dodd: Elsie Hillman, alias Carol Wayne
Marc Lawrence: Johnnie McCoy
Richard Lane: Mike Hannigan (alias Detective Arnold)
Layne Tom, Jr.: Willie Chan
Philip Ahn: Wing Foo
Paul Harvey: [Chief] Inspector Rawkins
Arthur Loft: Peabody
Grace Key: Mrs. Chan
Florence Ling: Ling [Number One Chan Daughter]
Iris Wong: Number Two Chan Daughter
Barbara Jean Wong: Number Three Chan Daughter
Faye Lee: Number Four Chan Daughter
Margie Lee: Number Five Chan Daughter
Sinclair Yip: Number Three Chan Son
David Dong: Number Four Son
Frank Dong: Number Five Son
Richard Alexander: Tough Crewman Chomping Cigar as Jimmy Questions Him
James Flavin: Homicide Division Desk Officer
Al Kikume: Police Officer Molokai

Monday, December 19, 2005

Sky Dragon Galley

The Sky Dragon is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.
Since part of the movie is set in the airplane's galley, I'd like to quote Robert J. Serling from his book about Eagle: The Story of American Airlines (St. Martin's/Merek, New York, 1985, page 117):
[Newton K.] Wilson also had a hatful of suggestions about food service and this, too, became his responsibility. He worked with [William] Littlewood's DC-3 design team and was largely instrumental in choosing the plane's galley arrangements. On the DC-2, cold food was stored in a box under a rear coat rack, but C.R. [Smith] was determined to serve hot food on the DC-3s. Wilson and Ernest Fuller, another Littlewood disciple, developed a hot food system that consisted of two-gallon thermos jugs that could keep reasonably warm anything from fried chicken to lobster. On each DC-3, there were four food jugs and six liquid jugs holding two quarts each, and as Wilson himself said, "Basically the two-sized jugs were what we used until the jets came along.
The large food jugs cost $70 apiece and were constantly disappearing from the airplanes. "Theft," Newt recalled wryly, "was a problem. Every pilot had his own jug and you could always find them at pilot picnics." Passenger pilferage was another headache, silverware and blankets being the most frequently stolen items.
(Jane Wyman in 1951's "Three Guys Named Mike")

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Sky Dragon Dictionary

Lillian here again with our Chan Dictionary!
We have some . . . interesting entries for The Sky Dragon, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Eastern Time], we start our tapes/DVDs at 8:30):
BURLESQUE (French): A theatrical entertainment of a broadly humorous, often earthy charade consisting of short turns, comic skits and sometimes striptease acts.
FOLLIES: A type of theatrical production usually designed to showcase beautiful women and frequently thin plot lines.
SUPERCEDE: (1) To cause to be set aside.
(2) To force out of use as inferior.
[You try to google something that basically means "to shift" and see if you can do any better!]
TERPSICHOREAN: Of or relating to dancing.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Sky Dragon Cast

The Sky Dragon is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.
It has a great cast of characters with three who went on to make names for themselves in television, Noel Neill (Superman), Elena Verdugo (Marcus Welby, M.D.) and Milburn Stone (Gunsmoke).
Not to mention that # 1 Son, Keye Luke, also had a hit series himself in Kung Fu as Master Po!
Not bad company!
(Villian, villian, Who's the Villain?!)
Roland Winters: Charlie Chan
Keye Luke: Lee Chan
Mantan Moreland: Birmingham Brown
Noel Neill: Jane Marshall
Tim Ryan: Lt. Mike Ruark
Iris Adrian: Wanda LaFern
Elena Verdugo: Connie Jackson, alias Marie Burke
Milburn Stone: Tim Norton
Lyle Talbot: Andy Barrett
Paul Maxey: John Anderson
Joel Marston: Don Blake
John Eldridge: William E. French
Eddie Parks: Jonathan Tibbits
Louise Franklin: Lena Franklin (maid)
Lyle Latell: Ed Davidson
Steve Pendleton (As Gaylord Pendleton): Ben Edwards, Guard
Frank Cady: Clerk
Bob Curtis: Watkins
George Eldredge: Stacey
Suzette Harbin: Maid # 2
Edna Holland: Demanding old woman passenger
Charles Jordan: Stage Manager
Lee Phelps: Detective at airport gate
Emmett Vogan: Doctor
Joe Whitehead: Stage watchman

Friday, December 09, 2005

The Charlie Chan Annex will be taking a few days off to take care of an office backlog and to get ready for Christmas.
In the meantime, you all have a
Very Merry
Holiday Season!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Charlie Chan Dictionary

Lillian here, back with our Chan Dictionary for Dangerous Money, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) and we start our vcrs and DVD players at 8:30!
We only have two entries for Dangerous Money:
The first one is
KANAKA: A name used up until the recent past for Pacific Islanders.
[A Kanaka Surfer]
The other is
KANSAS CITY BANKROLL: Slang term for a role of money that is actually a few real bills around strips of cut newspapers fashioned to appear as a big roll of money. This was the term used by Jimmy Chan to describe what "Big Ben: was carrying to impress people.
[A Kansas City Bankroll]

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Dangerous Painters?!

Charlie Chan has many passengers traveling with him on the S.S. Newcastle in Dangerous Money, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time and we start our tapes/DVDs at 8:30.
One of the subplots involves paintings and one of the artists mentioned specifically is Paul Gauguin, of what is called the "Postimpressionist period."
Gauguin was born in Paris on June 7, 1848 but the family moved to Lima, Peru shortly thereafter, his father dying enroute.
His interest in art began after his mother died and Gauguin moved in with his guardian, Gustave Arosa, who was wealthy enough to enjoy a substantial art collection.
Gauguin specialized in Impressionist paintings and began painting himself on an amateur basis.
Paul Gauguin supported himself in varied jobs while studying painting himself as he studied the works of established artists like van Gogh, Picasso and Degas.
["Making Merry"]
He even stayed with van Gogh for a time in 1887 but the visit was cut short shortly after van Gogh's "ear incident."
Gauguin's painting style switched from Impressionism (where the artists tried to envoke natural scenes by use of dabs or strokes of pure colors to achieve reflected light) to trying to represent the inner soul of those being painted in the style that became known as symbolism.
Gauguin spent most of his life among the natives in Papeete, the capital of Tahiti and Polynesia.
["Ia Orana Maria"]
His paintings during this period became highly valued in the modern era for their reflection of the local primitive lifestyles and incredible colors of the landscapes.
[My thanks to Rush Glick at for suggesting Paul Gauguin!]

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

We have a dangerous cast in Dangerous Money, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) and we start our tapes/DVDs at 8:30!
At least two people aboard the S.S. Newcastle can throw knives, there's two blackmailers, and one murderer. . . .
Or is it two? . . .
Or more?
["Who's your Villain?!"]
Well, for starters, we need to identify the possible suspects so here goes!
Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan
Gloria Warren: Rona Simmonds
Victor Sen Young: Jimmy Chan
Rick Vallin: Tao Erickson
Joseph Crehan: Captain Black
Willie Best: Chattanooga Brown
John Harmon: Freddie Kirk
Bruce Edwards: Harold Mayfair
Dick Elliot: P.T. Burke
Joe Allen, Jr.: George Brace
Amira Moustafa: Laura Ericson
Tristam Coffin: Scott Pearson
Ann Douglas: Mrs. Whipple
Selmar Jackson: Ship's Doctor
Dudley Dirckson: Big Ben
Rito Punay: Pete
Elaine Lange: Cynthia Martin
Emmett Vogan: Professor Henry Black
Leslie Dennison: Reverend Whipple
Jerry Groves: Polynesian
Kit Carson: Seaman
Don McCracken: Junior Officer

Monday, December 05, 2005

Tonopah Historic Mining Park, Part 2

Today is dedicated to a partial tour of the Tonopah Historic Mining Park at in honor of the ghost town in Charlie Chan in Reno, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Eastern Time; and we start our tapes/DVDs at 8:30).
"Hoisting works at the Desert Queen Mine"
"Hoisting works at the Silver Top Mine"
"Hoisting works at the Mizpah Mine"
"Turn of the century mining office re-creation in the Heizer Mineral Exhibit Hall"
"View from the overhanging cage in the 'Underground Adventure' as theBurro Tunnel"
"View from the viewing cage down the Burro Tunnel"
"Control room at the Silver Top hoist room"
"Air dompressor in the Mizpah hoist room"

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Tonopah Historic Mining Park, Part 1

Charlie Chan in Reno* spends part of it's time in Tonopah, Nevada, so shall we take a quick trip there before our Monday Night Chat Room at (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Eastern Time)?
Go Underground at the Tonopah
Historic Mining Park!
The "Underground Adventure" is open!
[Tunnel entrance]
The Tonopah Historic Mining Park is located on the site of the original mining claims which started the rush to Tonopah, making it Queen of the Silver Camps. Belle and Jim Butler's strike in the year 1900 brought the United States into the 20th Century and many mining and processing techniques developed there are still in use today.
The park, encompasses portions of four of the major mining companies and covers over 100 acres. It preserves this rich history and brings it to life with equipment, exhibits, and a self-guided tour. The tour wanders through out the property. All buildings on the property are open for our visitors to enjoy and feel how it was to be working in a turn of the century mining environment. The grounds are constantly changing. New exhibits are being installed and restoration of existing buildings is continuing. All monetary donations go directly to further expanding our exhibit halls and walking tour. . . .
Go Underground at the Mining Park!
The underground tunnel restoration is now complete. It features a walk down a mine tunnel that intersects one of the original discovery stopes. Named the Burro Tunnel, the "Underground Adventure" is not for the faint of heart! At the end of the tunnel, visitors are able to step into a steel viewing cage and down the 500' deep stope. Newly completed projects include the restoration of the Mizpah Mine collar. Visitors can now walk across the top of the richest mine in the Tonopah District and look down the shaft, which is lit with a large spotlight. All the chain link and barbed wire has been removed to maximize our visitors experience. Our black light mineral display has just been greatly expanded and now features short-wave ultraviolet lights which enhance the colors of the display.
To be continued . . .

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Reno Divorces, Part 2

[This is the conclusion of a two part story for Charlie Chan in Reno, from Rush Glick's excellent notes on the movie from the same website as our Monday Night Chat Room, (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Eastern Time). Please join us this week in Reno!]
The results [of changing the laws to be more divorce-friendly] were amazing. According to the Reno Divorce Racket, a special focus magazine on the divorce trade, the first month after Nevada's six-week requirement passed 517 divorce suits were filed and 331 decrees handed down. In 1926 the Nevada courts granted 1,021 divorces. After the lower residency requirement in 1927 the figure almost doubled to 1,953. The 1930 divorces numbered 2,609 and in 1931 the number of divorces almost doubled at 5,260. By 1940 Nevada accounted for 49 out of 1000 divorces in the United States.
[Mary Pickford]
Attorney fees alone brought in $100,000 a month. That does not even consider the hotels, casinos, restaurants and merchants. An estimated $5 million annually was brought to Nevada by the divorce trade, according to Richard Lilliard in his book, "Desert Challenge: An Interpretation of Nevada.
[Jack Dempsey]
Aside from the money brought to Nevada by the divorce racket, Nevada also gained a notoriety for the famous divorces in Reno. Mary Pickford, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr., Jack Dempsey, Estelle Taylor, Earl Russell, and Laura B. Corey name just a few of the famous divorces. In Las Vegas, Eddie Fisher, a record star, divorced to marry Elizabeth Taylor, then a young actress noted as one of the most beautiful women in the world.
"Reno no longer plays a role as the divorce capital," [William D.] Rowley said. However. the legend lives on.
From: "Reno Divorce History," an article by Amber Martin, University of Nevada, Reno.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Reno Divorces, Part 1

Charlie Chan in Reno, our Monday Night Chat Movie,* touches on Reno being the (then) divorce capital of the world.
Rush Glick has an article by Amber Martin, University of Nevada, Reno, in his very extensive notes on this movie at his incredible website, The Charlie Chan Family (
["Reno Divorce Wife," courtesy
"Reno by 1910 was known as the divorce capital," William D. Rowley, a history professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, said. "A divorce capital with a residency requirement willing to be shortened to beat the competition and bring in the famous divorces Reno has become known for.
"From the civil war on, divorce law in the nation started to tighten up. I suppose in reaction to a greater demand to protect Victorian values," Rowley said.
However, the divorce law in Nevada did not change from the law in existence during territorial time until after New York lawyers discovered Nevada quickie divorce in 1898.
In 1913 the progressive movement and morality reform managed to persuade state representatives to chang what had been a six-month residency requirement to a one-year requirement. This put Nevada's quick divorce at the year-long process many other states were at.
The year requirement did not last long with lobbying from business owners and representatives pushing for the residency requirement to be back at six months. In 1915 Nevada's business owners got their wish. The income brought into Nevada through the divorce business caused a push in 1927 for the Nevada residency to be lowered to three months, and in 1931 the requirement went down to six weeks.
Continued tomorrow.
[Charlie Chan and Chief of Police King cut up
on the job, courtesy of]
*Our Chat Movie is at, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Eastern Time.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Charlie Chan in Reno is set partly in a ghost town in--Surprise!--Nevada.
You might like to check out the internet before we watch our Monday Night Chat Movie at, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time!
You might go to where they have a plethora of information, including these factoids:
Saloons far outnumbered schools, churches, and businesses in many western ghost towns. It was common for a town with a population of 20,000 to have 50 saloons.
Upon the abandonment of many western towns, wooden buildings were dismantled and railroad tracks pulled up from the ground so that they could be reused during the establishment of new towns.
Water was more expensive than liquor in many western desert towns.
The most common reason that American communities have become ghost towns is they were either bypassed by transportation routes, their sources of income & water were exhausted, disasters occurred, their post offices closed, or they were not given county seat status.
"Ghost towning" is gaining in popularity as a hobby.
Ghost towns east of the Mississippi River seem to be more susceptible to hauntings and other paranormal phenomena than ghost towns located west of the Mississippi River.
Most American ghost towns are former mining towns or former logging towns.
Many western ghost towns had a Chinatown section.
Although there are hundreds of ghost towns east of the Mississippi River, most American Ghost towns are west of the Mississippi.
California has almost twice as many ghost towns than any other state.
California has almost twice as many ghost towns than any other state.
The 1849 California Gold Rush established San Francisco as the west's financial and cultural capital.
The 1859 Colorado Gold Rush created Denver, Colorado.
You can do a google search for "haunted ghost towns" but one that has the haunting of St. Elmo, "off Highway 285 in the heart of the Colorado Rockies," can be found at . . .
Another website that has quite a list of its own (including The Alamo!) is at
Just don't expect Sheriff "Tombstone" Fletcher to show up!