Scott Joplin (1867/1868? – 1917) was an African-American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions, and was later dubbed "The King of Ragtime". During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first pieces, the "Maple Leaf Rag", became ragtime's first and most influential hit, and has been recognized as the archetypal rag
Ghost Towns & Abandoned Mines in Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas
The Ghost Town of Rush, Arkansas. In the 1890s this town was home to thousands of people and a booming zinc mining operation. The town died in the 1950s and is now a true American ghost town. In fact, it is the only ghost town listed on the National Register of Historic Places!