Great Guidebooks for Exploring Ruins

Read these essential resources before you head cross-country

| July-August 2000

Southwestern Native American Sites 

Guidebooks to Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona will lead you to sites of the Anasazi, Hohokam, Mogollon, and other cultures. Norman T. Oppelt's Guide to the Prehistoric Ruins of the Southwest (Pruett, 2nd edition, 1989, out of print) is comprehensive.

Flour Mills and Farmhouses in Minnesota

While many buildings in the downtown milling district have been restored, you can still see genuine ruin elements, including millrace channels that directed the flow of the Mississippi River. The Washburn-Crosby “A” mill on the river’s west bank is being turned into a historical park. Find beautiful photographs of abandoned farmhouses in William G. Gabler’s Death of the Dream: Farmhouses in the Heartland (Afton Historical Society, 1997).

New England

William F. Robinson’s Abandoned New England: Its Hidden Ruins and Where to Find Them (Bulfinch, 1978, out of print) is a pioneering exploration of American ruinology.

Georgia Coast Tabby Buildings