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The following review is by Frank Mullen of the Reno Gazette-Journal, Reno, Nevada.

If you've got no room on your bookshelf for another atlas, build another bookshelf: the most useful Nevada map book has arrived just in time for the Millennium.

"The 1999 Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps Illustrated Atlas", by Stan Paher, is a new edition of an old favorite, but the 55 new color maps make it a must-have for desert explorers. Whether you're a grizzled desert rat or a rookie four-wheeler, the new atlas is a guide to Nevada's best_and least seen_attractions.

Roads, jeep trails, hot springs, ghost towns, historic sites, petroglyphs, old mines, emigrant trails, placer gold sites, gem fields, caves, and state parks are all defined on a map that clearly shows the topography without being a standard hard-to-read topo-type map.

The mountains are rendered in a kind of 3-D relief that shows the land elevation more vividly than the standard topo-contour lines, every outback traveler has labored over. Mileages are given for all the maps and the markings are clear concise and useful.

"We revised every map on computer," said author, Stan Paher. "We started on Sept. 18th and ended Oct. 22nd. It took ' twenty days and twenty nights." '

The book shows the effort was worth it. The difference in maps in this book as compared to previous editions is the difference between the old PacMan and the new computer games. The scales differ from map to map, but each inch equals six to eight miles, a close enough scale for the desert traveler.

The atlas is designed to be used with Paher's classic award winner, the hardbound, "Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps," Nevada's long-time bestseller on the topic, now in its 13th edition. "Gross sales now total more than $2 million," Paher said. "Every map in the Atlas is keyed to the original book. None of the photos are repeated, as in other publications.

Most of the Atlas' photos were shot by the legendary Nell Murbarger (1909-1991), the chronicler of Nevada's frontier and mining heyday. She loved the desert and the hidden places and it show's in her compelling photos.

Sadly, many of the images she captured no longer exist. The ghost towns --some shown with bottles and glasses on tables and items on shelves--have been pillaged. Even bricks from buildings have been taken away by collectors and souvenir hunters. Whole towns have vanished.

Still, enough of the sites are left to make weekend trips worth the effort. It's no longer legal to collect artifacts on the federal and state land, where nearly all of these sites are located, but there's still plenty to see and much history to experience. While bottle collecting and souvenir-hunting on public land is taboo, (and punishable by heavy fines and jail time), those who take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints will find a lot of destinations in the "1999 Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps Illustrated Atlas" a very rewarding read.

The Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps Illustrated Atlas by Stan Paher; 1999 edition with 56 new maps; Nevada Publications, Volume 1: Northern Nevada: Reno, Austin, Ely and points north.104 pages, 295 Illustrations, 28maps 7 X 10", $14.95;
Volume 2: Southern Nevada: Death Valley, Mojave . Desert, points south. 104 pages, 295 illustrations, 28 maps, 7 X 10 $14.95;
Combined Edition: all material in both volumes, 208 pages, $29.95.

The above prices are discounted for the next few weeks to $12.50, for Volumes 1 &2; and $ 27.95 for the Combined Edition.

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