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Old 09-25-2009, 07:51 PM   #1
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Geological Rockdocking Books for Travel

Have you been traveling at 65mph down the interstate highway and saw some interesting scenery? Those of you that have stopped at Twin Falls, Idaho and could not believe your eyes when you crossed the Snake River gorge into town! What the... The first sight of Devil's Tower northwest of Sundance, Wyoming is an image you will never forget. Did a giant bear claw the tower out of bare rock as the Sioux Indian believes? Is Interstate 70 through western Kansas flat? Or did you ever consider turning off the highway and go either south or north to find that Kansas can be... rougher that the Ozark Mountains of Missouri.

Please... consider offering those cross country travelers some book titles to explore the wonderful off the beaten path sights the West and Southwestern United States has to offer. Author, Title, Publication Date and an idea of what the book offers.

I have a few books to offer from my library of thousands.

Marius R. Campbell, Guidebook of the Western United States- Part A- The Northern Pacific Route with a side trip to Yellowstone Park, 1916. Describes the geology from St. Paul, Minnesota to Seattle, Washington with 27 maps and 244pp text.

Willis T. Lee, Guidebook of the Western United States- Part B- The Overland Route with a side trip to Yellowstone Park, 1915. Describes the geology from Omaha, Nebraska to San Francisco, California with 25 maps and 244pp text.

Notice the publication dates on this series run from 1915 to 1933 for travelers on various train routes. Geology, history on the area traveled, about the people, and bits of facts you would never find on a road sign. These are published by the US Geological Survey as bulletins. They are offered from A to F and the first two I have described. Below are short descriptions of the next guidebooks. Remember, you will be on the side roads and seeing what the average person will NEVER SEE. An easy Rockdocking experience!

C: The Santa Fe Route- Kansas City, Missouri to Los Angeles, California with a side trip to the Grand Canyon- 1915

D: The Shasta Route and Coast Line- Seattle, Washington to Los Angeles, California- 1916

E: The Denver and Rio Grande Western Route- Denver, Colorado (southwest along New Mexico border) to Salt Lake City, Utah- 1922

F: The Southern Pacific Lines- New Orleans, Louisiana to Los Angeles, California- 1933

All can be found in "larger" libraries or university libraries. Most can be found on bookseller sites on the internet. These are the size of a folded sheet of printer paper. Many are being reprinted, but the original printings have the detailed maps and photographs intact.

CANADA: The Canadian Geological Survey did an excellent series of similar tours in the same time frame when the railroads were being built and are excellent and inexpensive for nearly 100 year old copies. And pocket size to add. Geology, history and odd bits of information. These books were for travelers to the Resorts that the railroad was building to accommodate travelers on the new railroad routes just north of the USA border.

The US National Park Service has obscure historical books available.

What is your favorite guide when you are traveling?
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Neat idea! Here's one I keep in the trailer

Amazon.com: Hiking Oregon's History : The Stories Behind Historic Places You Can Walk to See (9780961815271): William L. Sullivan: Books

Hiking Oregon's History has a bunch of great places to hike, and in depth discussions of what you'll see, what happened, and how it got that way. It's a fascinating book just to read, but now I want to go hit all those sights.

I love understanding the history of the land around us, geologic, or just pioneer history. It makes it all so much more interesting than just blazing by at 60mph.
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Colorado Ghost Towns- Mining

For those of you wanting to find interesting sights in the Colorado Rocky Mountains:

Robert L. Brown- Ghost Towns of the Colorado Rockies, 401pp, numerous photographs with many comparing a vintage photograph with the current view of a ghost town.

These are very easy to find on the internet for $1.00 to $7.00 a copy! Why ask about interesting Colorado destinations when you have the author spending three years collecting photographs and writing the history for you... AND bring a gold pan if you are in the mood for back punishment.
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Roadside Geology series

These are available for most states. Great reference for highway traveling
Roadside Geology Series - Geology Underfoot - GEOLOGY.com
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Roadside Geology Series - Geology Underfoot - GEOLOGY.com
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I agree! The Roadside Geology series, plus the more limited Roadside History series, both published by Mountain Press, are excellent guides. For Southern California, I have Robert Sharp's, "A Field Guide to Southern California", published by Kendall/Hunt. K/H is also a good source for geological publications. And I also have the American Petroleum Institute's geological highway maps for the western USA.

If you know the places you are traveling through, you could consider contacting the State Geologist's Office or the Bureau of Mines & Minerals in those states. They have a lot of information as well. For example, the AZ office in Tucson can send you information on earth fissures and land subsidence, then you can go 'fissure hunting' in the Valley of the Sun and see who's house will be 'swallowed up'. (Seriously, its a whitewashed issue, but fissures are worth viewing to see what human activities related to pumping water and/or oil can do to the surface of the earth.)

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Hugh- Those are very good and written for people who are new to geology.

By going to AbeBooks Official Site - New & Used Books, New & Used Textbooks, Rare & Out of Print Books you can enter Roadside Geology of (add your state of interest) or do not add the state name to get ALL those available. I just looked and there are 982 copies for sale at $1.00 ($4.00 shipping) and up. Many are nice used copies, some are new copies.

If you want to find... gold... for an example. Go to the website and use Arizona Gold, or California Gold to see what turns up. I am always amazed how many books are available at prices under $10.00. Matter of fact. Several of us are going up for the day to pan gold near Fairplay, Colorado. Camped near the area several weeks ago and left for home because of the heavy rain and snow for two days. As usual in the Rockies, wait a week and the climate changes to your liking!
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