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A must have book for info on Illinois ghost towns...
Posted by: jughed440
Date: March 16, 2014 11:03AM
I love this book published by the Illinois State Historical Society titled "Illinois Place Names" (revised copy printed in '89). There are over 600 pages of invaluable information...it lists virtually every named town that has existed, or still exists. It states when a ghost town's post office was established, when it was discontinued, and the County in which the town was located. It also shows town name changes.
I'm not aware if The Illinois State Historical Society has copies available, but it doesn't hurt to contact them.



E Trac, SEF 6X8, X1 probe, Gray Ghosts.
Garrett AT Gold, 5X8 coil, GPP.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/16/2014 11:05AM by jughed440.




Re: A must have book for info on Illinois ghost towns...
Posted by: Robert2300
Date: March 17, 2014 08:02PM
I wonder if they have one for Indiana.
I've been using the Indiana Room at my
library and have found lots of places to detect
but a book like that would be handy.
Robt2300

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Re: A must have book for info on Illinois ghost towns...
Posted by: jughed440
Date: March 18, 2014 06:40AM
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Robert2300
I wonder if they have one for Indiana.
I've been using the Indiana Room at my
library and have found lots of places to detect
but a book like that would be handy.
Robt2300

The book is very handy for dating the towns. They may appear on later maps, but it's nice knowing when the towns were established. One particular ghost town opened its post office in 1850, closed it in 1876..it reopened that same year, and closed for good in 1892. Since that town's location was right where a newer road is, most of what was in the ground has been buried or scraped away. But i will search an old road that appears in the 1875 atlas and led to that town from a different direction...The road's location is now wooded but is easy to spot, it's roughly 3/4 mile long.
Permission has been granted :drool::super:



E Trac, SEF 6X8, X1 probe, Gray Ghosts.
Garrett AT Gold, 5X8 coil, GPP.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/18/2014 06:42AM by jughed440.

Re: A must have book for info on Illinois ghost towns...
Posted by: Robert2300
Date: March 18, 2014 07:08AM
What detectors are you using?
You know, about four years ago I drove from Indy
to a place called Birds IIinois. The town had a major flood years back
and many buildings had to be town down. I didn't have a lot of
time but it was a good hunt. Check the place out. Its right on the
State line Indy/Ill.
Robert2300

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Re: A must have book for info on Illinois ghost towns...
Posted by: jughed440
Date: March 19, 2014 05:17AM
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Robert2300
What detectors are you using?
You know, about four years ago I drove from Indy
to a place called Birds IIinois......Check the place out. Its right on the
State line Indy/Ill.
Robert2300

I use an E Trac, and just purchased the AT Gold, but have only a couple of hours of hunt time using it.

I assume that it's the "Birds" in Lawrence county...
And I found out that there was a town named "Big Bottom":laugh:



E Trac, SEF 6X8, X1 probe, Gray Ghosts.
Garrett AT Gold, 5X8 coil, GPP.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/19/2014 05:19AM by jughed440.




Re: A must have book for info on Illinois ghost towns...
Posted by: Robert2300
Date: March 19, 2014 07:48AM
"I assume that it's the "Birds" in Lawrence county.."

Yep. Thats the one.

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