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.”
“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
I built this site to be a central location for all relevant ghost town information for all US States & Towns 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 have missed any, feel free to let me know and I will get it added. I am still working on adding more content.
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)
All town pages 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 ‘US States’ under the menu area above, which will take you to a listing of all 50 States, each State page will bring you to a listing of all the ‘ghost towns’ for that State.