For Ghost Town Chasers
So it's not enough to read about one of these old places -- you want to visit it? That may be as easy as finding it on a map or as challenging as searching old records for clues and then scouring the area for ruins.
Although there is now a great deal of information online, I still recommend "The Roads of Oklahoma" for anyone doing field work. I have the 1997 edition, and have found that many of the rural cemeteries, churches and schools that it shows can be matched with various online information to obtain a more detailed picture than is available from any one source.
For research purposes, I like to divide "Ghost Towns" into three categories:
Some survive as remnants of more prosperous times and thus appear on detailed modern maps and in online databases;
Others are marked on topographical maps by a cemetery, school, or church -- if you know where to look.
Most have disappeared without a trace.
If the place still exists, the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) is the easiest place to start.
If the GNIS search finds the latitude and longitude of the place, it will include a link to the appropriate topographical map from Terraserver. This site also has aerial and satellite photos.
Tip: If you aren't familiar with geodetic coordinates, it may help to visualize
And if the GNIS search does not find the location you're looking for? This site has maps and lists of locations in Oklahoma that you can use to find a starting point for your search.
With the Section-Township-Range and the name of a nearby present-day town, you can use Topozone's search to find the appropriate
Go to GNIS now. [Warning: this is a one-way trip.]
Go to Topozone now. [Warning: this is a one-way trip.]
For a few examples, see my worksheet.