United States Ghost Towns

Merriam-Webster defines Ghost Town as “A town that no longer has any people living in it. : An abandoned town. : A town permanently abandoned by it’s inhabitants, as because of a business decline or because a nearby mine has been worked out. : A once-flourishing town wholly or nearly deserted usually as a result of the exhaustion of some natural resource”

 

Berlin Ghost Town

Berlin Ghost Town

 

“A ghost town is an abandoned village, town or city, usually one which contains substantial visible remains. A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural or human-caused disasters such as floods, government actions, uncontrolled lawlessness, war, or nuclear disasters. The term can sometimes refer to cities, towns, and neighborhoods which are still populated, but significantly less so than in years past; for example those affected by high levels of unemployment and dereliction. Some ghost towns, especially those that preserve period-specific architecture, have become tourist attractions. The definition of a ghost town varies between individuals, and between cultures. Some writers discount settlements that were abandoned as a result of a natural or human-made disaster, using the term only to describe settlements which were deserted because they were no longer economically viable; T. Lindsey Baker, author of Ghost Towns of Texas, defines a ghost town as “a town for which the reason for being no longer exists”. Factors leading to abandonment of towns include depleted natural resources, economic activity shifting elsewhere, railroads and roads bypassing or no longer accessing the town, human intervention, disasters, massacres, wars, and the shifting of politics or fall of empires. A town can also be abandoned when it is part of an exclusion zone due to natural or man-made causes.”~ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Rhyolite Nevada John S Cook & Company Building 2004 (Provided by Brian W. Schaller)

Rhyolite Nevada John S Cook & Company Building 2004 (Provided by Brian W. Schaller)

 

I built this site to be a central location for all relevant ghost town information for all US States & Cities considered to be ‘ghost towns’ or just ‘abandoned towns’.  I welcome any and all input, stories, pictures or information you might have about any of the cities listed on this site.  If I missed any feel free to let me know and I will get it added.  Many of the cities do not have active links just yet.  I am still working on getting everything up and running.  Trying to pull information from hundreds of other sites is going to be a long process for one person to do.  So like I said if you have any personal information, pictures or stories, or if you would like to help in building this site feel free to contact me.  (freebird29 AT gmail dot com).  Towns that have active links should have a comment section open if you would just like to post your pictures or stories there directly.  To get started just click on a state listed on the left site and then you will be presented with a list of ghost or abandoned towns in the middle, just click on a town name to pull up information about that town.  But like I said just keep in mind I am just getting started with building this site so, for now, many cities will not be clickable just yet.  Since I am currently living in Idaho that is the state I have started with and the one that will have the most information so far.  After that I think I will just go right down the list from that top.  Unless I get any information for anyone else that would like to help build this site.  That information will get added to the site asap, for whichever location it might be.