These Canyons Are Full of Ghosts: The Last of the Death Valley Prospectors

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Nowadays tourists from all over the world travel to Death Valley but most all of them never see the romantic and mysterious badlands, the south end of the valley. This area is off the beaten path, remote and dangerous! This book is about the gold hunters that loved to search the southern wastelands, the high hills and deep canyons, come hell or high water. It is about their last days, an era lost forever. The whole valley is off limits now for prospecting. No longer can you hear the distant sound of dynamite nor will you see men or women in tattered denim clothes, with pick and shovel, working their mining claims. However in these pages you can step back to when they were there, and share their excitement and share their dreams--and you will be sure to strike it rich!

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Emmett Harder could be called the real "Indiana Jones", no movie double, he has had many unconventional opportunities. Born during the 1930's economic depressions. He grew up as a latch-key child through the 1940's, while his father and mother and his four older brothers were caught up in the nation's WWII war effort. Even before his life was interrupted to take part in the Korean conflict, and he was sent on a clandestine attempt to save the French at Dien Bien Phu, in what later became the Vietnam War, he was out prowling the great desert. Having traveled to many far away places and worked on a variety of projects, he still says, "I feel most at home in the wastelands of Death Valley. I have always been a child of the desert, starting at 14-years-old and dragging my 11-year-old brother with me. And like the old prospector in the Treasure of The Sierra Madre story, I'm still out there looking for the next strike."

Emmett is a writer, lecturer, historian and researcher. He teaches at Cal State University San Bernardino's Extended Education Division. Often he leads organized safaris into historic and mysterious places. As a reader at the Huntington Research Library, with his unique understanding of how things really happen, he is often lost in the distant adventures.

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Native Americans could feel the presence of spirits. In fact they felt the vibrations in physical objects. Now through this book you can feel a part of Death Valley, its mysteries, its history, and some of its ghosts. --Clifford J. Walker, desert historian

If you love the desert and its mysteries, if you enjoy California's western lore, if you are an adventurer, this is your book. You will find it quite different in style and story than you have ever read before--and it's true! "High-Grade" Harder makes it come alive! --Bill Mann, prospector, miner, desert historian

These Canyons are Full of Ghosts will take you back to the miles of mountains and valley and canyons of Death Valley. Read it and you will begin to feel what Emmett Harder felt so many times when he was prospecting and mining in the Panamint Mountains. --Edward Leo Lyman, PhD, western historian

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