FAQ: Why are so many towns missing?
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I get a lot of inquiries as to why is a certain town not listed in the WMH mining towns section or even why are so many towns missing from a state? I thought I'd clarify the issue in a blog post so please read on.
Western Mining History is just a hobby for me at this time and the demands of a real job and other life complications limit the time and resources I can spend on this site. Since my resources are limited I have focused on mining towns that I have visited and photographed. Also, my primary interest has been the history and buildings of towns that are still alive to some degree rather than the hundreds (or possibly thousands) of mining ghost towns that have little or no current-day remains.
So to provide a more concise answer: I have done what I could with the resources available to me.
Some people have asked if there is some way they can help in the process of adding towns to the mining towns section. The answer is yes and this would be the procedure and requirements:
1. Contact me with what towns you would like to assist with.
2. Be able to provide at least 3 (more is better) modern or historical photos of the town. There will likely be a time when I will start listing all the mining related ghost towns in the West but for now I would like to focus on those that have some photography available. All photos will be attributed to the person that provided them.
3. Have enough background info on the town to fill out the town bio page.
Also please note that if you have photos or information on individual mines I encourage you to send that over for use in the WMH database of mines.
Please feel free to Contact Me if you have any questions or feedback. And thanks for your interest!