Markleeville Ghost Tales
With a pioneer history dating back to the 1860s, it's no surprise that ghost tales abound in tiny Markleeville, California. Locals have been telling and re-telling these ghost stories for years. Now, thirteen of the best spine-tingling tales have been gathered together in this book for your enjoyment!
From strange stories of the unexplained to spooky apparitions, here are more than a dozen hair-raising TRUE tales of the supernatural -- all involving real places in and around Markleeville!
Markleeville Ghost Tales, by Karen Dustman (Clairitage Press 2017). 51 pages, lavishly illustrated including period photos, $14.95
The Old Genoa Cemetery: A Walking Tour (Book 1)
This self-guided walking tour of the Genoa Cemetery introduces you to some of Carson Valley’s earliest settlers. Read the fascinating true tales of William Cradlebaugh of Cradlebaugh Bridge; "Fiddler" Taylor who fiddled for early dances as far away as Silver Mountain; and tenacious Mamie Brown, a desperate young widow forced to place her own children in an orphanage.
From scions of prominent ranching families to early owners of the famous C.O.D. Garage, here are the true stories of people who shaped Carson Valley’s history. Lavishly illustrated with current and period photos.
The Old Genoa Cemetery: A Walking Tour (Book 1), by Karen Dustman and Laurie Hickey (Clairitage Press 2017). 124 pages, $19.95
Dr. James M. Jackson: Miami's Beloved First Doctor
Dr. James Jackson paced the entire footprint of Miami in less than an hour when he arrived in 1896. Unimpressed, he determined to leave. But as luck would have it no return boat was at the wharf. By the time the first train chugged into town a few weeks later, Dr. Jackson had decided to stay. And stay he did.
Dr. Jackson became the official physician for the luxurious Royal Palm Hotel and tended to Miami patients for the next 28 years. Rich or poor, black or white, he treated them all the same: with kindness and with dignity. This is the story of Miami's beloved first doctor.
Dr. James M. Jackson: Miami's Beloved First Doctor, by Karen Dustman (Clairitage Press 2011). 34 pages and over 40 illustrations, $24.95
Silver Mountain City: Ghost of the Sierra
To modern travelers zipping along California’s Highway 4, Silver Mountain City is just a “ghost of a ghost town” with not a stick of lumber left standing. But in the 1860s this was a roaring silver mining camp, filled with eager silver-seekers hoping to strike it rich with the next Comstock Lode.
Silver Mountain City recounts the true story of Alpine County’s original county seat and the fascinating cast of characters who helped put California’s smallest county on the map. Meet lovely Antoinette Chalmers, a housekeeper who married Alpine’s richest bachelor only to end her life in tragedy. Read the tale of Ernst Reusch, a jilted husband whose tragic end gave Hangman’s Bridge its name.
From accounts of the first strikes of “ruby ore” to the town’s fading glory, this is the saga of Alpine County’s early history. Richly illustrated with historic photos and vintage newspaper clippings.
Silver Mountain City: Ghost of the Sierra, by Karen Dustman (Clairitage Press 2011). 204 pages, $24.95
Markleeville: A Walking Tour
Discover the untold history of Markleeville in this walking tour from its “hurdy house” and saloons to its assortment of prosperous local merchants. Visit the spot where the Swan Saloon once stood; stop by the original Chronicle newspaper office; even pay a visit to the site where town founder Jacob Markley likely breathed his last in 1863, when a bullet took his life.
From murders to mysteries and even a great ghost tale or two, it’s all here in this self-guided walking tour of Markleeville’s historic downtown!
Markleeville: A Self-Guided Walking Tour, by Karen Dustman (Clairitage Press 2014). 156 pages, $19.95
The LifeStory Workbook
Itching to write a LifeStory? Whether it’s jotting down your own memoirs or capturing the life experiences of someone you know, this workbook will help you to get started!
Learn how to organize your project; generate great interviews; prompt the flow of memories; search out historical context, and more. Packed with helpful forms, exercises and checklists.
The LifeStory Workbook, by Karen Dustman (Clairitage Press 2014). 28 pages, $19.95
Fredericksburg Cemetery: A Walking Tour
For over a century, the old Fredericksburg Cemetery in Woodfords, California has been a final resting place for Alpine County’s prominent settlers, ranchers, and county officials.
This self-guided walking tour of the cemetery will introduce you to many of Alpine’s prominent original citizens, including an early local silver miner; California’s first woman sheriff; a Civil War veteran; and a diminutive Welshwoman who foretold her own death. Packed with historic photos and the true tales of Alpine County’s early settlers.
Fredericksburg Cemetery: A Self-Guided Walking Tour, by Karen Dustman (Clairitage Press 2014). 153 pages, $19.95
Woodfords, Diamond Valley, & Fredericksburg: A Driving Tour
Discover more than three dozen landmarks and early homesteads in the pioneering settlements of Woodfords, Diamond Valley, and Fredericksburg. This self-guided driving tour takes just about an hour. Visit such nearly-forgotten historic sites as Snowshoe Thompson’s home; the old Woodfords School; the Wade House (the oldest continually-inhabited dwelling on the eastern Sierra); a pond reportedly used for early Mormon baptisms; and even a segment of the Emigrant Trail.
A Self-Guided Driving Tour of Woodfords, Diamond Valley, and Fredericksburg, by Karen Dustman (Clairitage Press 2014). 49 pages, $14.95
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