Summer 2014 and Disneyland 360

Award-winning researcher, author, educator, and musician, Engrid Barnett explores the “Wild West” one ghost town and hiking trail at a time. Based in the Western United States, she loves critically examining the folklore of the former frontier, which so actively informs heritage tourism.

While pursuing her doctoral degree in geography from the University of Nevada, Reno, she examined the unlikely role of a Northern Nevada “ghost town,” Virginia City, in the birth of the 1960s-psychedelic esthetic and cultural scene that would take San Francisco by storm in 1967.

Wild West influences on the music and esthetic of bands such as the Charlatans, the Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the Grateful Dead abound. The same can be said for their countercultural predecessors, Bohemians and Beatniks, many of whom fled to Virginia City sinking into the lovely morass of timelessness offered by the former mining district. 

Her work on these “avant-garde, wannabe cowboys” will be featured in the forthcoming book Explorations in Place Attachment by Routledge (February 2018).

Besides the Western United States, Engrid has traveled extensively across Europe, including a six-week-long backpacking trip from Athens, Greece to Amsterdam, Netherlands. She speaks French fluently having lived in Sceaux, France, a suburb of Paris, where she taught English and performed with area orchestras.

Later, in Central America, she traced the history of the ancient peoples of Mexico while traveling to various archaeological sites including: Teotihuacán, Tenochtitlan, Cholula, Monte Alban near Oaxaca, and Zultepac-Tecoaque in Tlaxcala.

When not sifting through the exaggerations and myths of the American West, she’s rock crawling, zip lining, photographing landscapes and wildlife, backcountry camping, climbing mountains, or working as a shovel bum on archaeological digs.

While pursuing her doctoral degree in geography from the University of Nevada, Reno, she examined the unlikely role of a Northern Nevada “ghost town,” Virginia City, in the birth of the 1960s-psychedelic esthetic and cultural scene that would take San Francisco by storm in 1967.

Wild West influences on the music and esthetic of bands such as the Charlatans, the Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the Grateful Dead abound. The same can be said for their countercultural predecessors, Bohemians and Beatniks, many of whom fled to Virginia City sinking into the lovely morass of timelessness offered by the former mining district.

Her work on these “avant-garde, wannabe cowboys” will be featured in the forthcoming book Explorations in Place Attachment by Routledge (February 2018).

Besides the Western United States, Engrid has traveled extensively across Europe, including a six-week-long backpacking trip from Athens, Greece to Amsterdam, Netherlands. She speaks French fluently having lived in Sceaux, France, a suburb of Paris, where she taught English and performed with area orchestras.

Later, in Central America, she traced the history of the ancient peoples of Mexico while traveling to various archaeological sites including: Teotihuacán, Tenochtitlan, Cholula, Monte Alban near Oaxaca, and Zultepac-Tecoaque in Tlaxcala.

When not sifting through the exaggerations and myths of the American West, she’s rock crawling, zip lining, photographing landscapes and wildlife, backcountry camping, climbing mountains, or working as a shovel bum on archaeological digs.

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