Ghost towns and Indian history are the themes of two tours of the American West being offered this summer.
The Montana Historical Society Foundation and Livery Travel are leading a five-day tour of Montana's ghost towns, dating from the gold rush era of about 1860 to 1910.The tour, which runs from July 22 to 26, begins in Montana's capital, Helena, and visits the mostly uninhabited ghost towns of Marysville, Bannack and Elkhorn, where the group will see 19th-century houses, saloons, shops and jail houses. Other stops include the preserved ghost town sections of Pony and Virginia City. The tour costs $699 a person for lodging, transportation, most breakfasts and some dinners. Information: (800) 735-6343.
The University of New Mexico and the Albuquerque Academy are offering "The Borderlands, Past and Present," a lecture and field program on the natural environment and history of the United States-Mexican border. From June 20 to July 1, a 10-day lecture series with 30 guest speakers at the Albuquerque Academy will introduce the participants to the natural environment and the history of settlements in the area from the ancient Salado tribe - a branch of the Anasazi - to the Apache tribes living there today.
From Albuquerque, the group will travel south to Las Cruces and Juarez, Mexico, proceed to Bisbee in southeastern Arizona, and then north to the Gila River and the Mogollon Mountains. The lecture series costs $200 a person, not including meals and accommodations. The field trip, which departs July 3 and July 17, costs $650 a person, including accommodations, some meals and transportation. College credit and discounted rates are available for undergraduate and graduate students. Information: Dr. Jerry Williams or Mary Mackie, Southwest Institute, University of New Mexico, (505) 277-2828.