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American ghost towns

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American ghost towns

Copper, coal, gold and great fortune: this is what caused the boom of mining towns throughout the United States in the 19th century. Blinded by potential wealth, thousands made their way to these towns – but they left as fast as they came when the resources dried up, leaving these places as eerie ghost towns. Visit them if you dare…

Be warned!
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Virginia City, Montana

‘Wild West’ Virginia City

If there is one place to experience the Wild West, it is in Virginia City, Montana.

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South Pass City, Wyoming

South Pass City goldmine

South Pass City was born with the discovery of gold in the Wind River Range in 1867. This town in Wyoming was part of the Sweetwater Mining District, which also included nearby Miners Delight and Atlantic City.

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Thurmond, West Virginia

The Thurmond railroad

From an abandoned train station to an eerily desolate city centre: Thurmond is your classic ghost town.

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Kennecott, Alaska

Back in time in Kennecott

Amidst the beautiful scenery of St. Elias National Park in rugged Alaska lies Kennecott, a town that produced around 200 million dollars’ worth of coal between 1911 and 1938.

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Bodie, California

The Curse of Bodie

Bodie is also known as California's official ghost town. During its heyday in 1879, this town was home to 12,000 people all looking to strike gold; but in the 20th century, Bodie slowly declined.