Books That Inspire 2008

Ghost Towns of Oklahoma
John W. Morris

The standard texts in Oklahoma history are stories of growth and success; Ghost Towns of Oklahoma looks at the other side of the picture, the towns that never quite made it, or made it and lost it. It is a fascinating chronicle of outlaws, wildcatters, railroad men, and hopes that faded. John W. Morris furnishes pictures, descriptions, and excellent maps that encourage the reader to visit the sites for himself. I have spent many happy and instructive Sunday afternoons walking the woods and fields where Violet Springs and White Bead are one with Nineveh and Tyre.

Ralph E Doty
Academic Chair