The United States alone plays host to well over 50,000 ghost towns, near ghost towns, semi-ghost towns, and tiny backwater burgs that have faded greatly from their peak times. Whether they are former mining camps/towns, stagecoach stops, military posts, agricultural hamlets, roadside way stations, railroad boomtowns, or eastern colonial settlements they all have a common thread. They were founded by a group of industrious citizens, they boomed, and when the flush times passed, they faded and began to die. Some disappeared completely, while some still have remaining buildings. Others still have a small resident population keeping a watch over things. Some may be located way out in the boonies, and others right in the heart of modern towns and cities. Our files contain multiple thousands of ghost towns more than what is listed on these pages, including places outside the United States.
My Ghost Town USA column, which has appeared in Western & Eastern Treasures magazine since 1984, has featured well over 3800 ghost towns from all the states. Canada and other international locations have also been featured. A comprehensive, alphabetic site-name, state-by-state Index for those articles is now available online on this website. It has been completed from the first column in April 1984, through the current column. It also features other locations mentioned in my miscellaneous articles for the magazine, and has nearly been completed for my contributions for the Silver & Gold special annual issues. A GPS-Index is also in process of being compiled for those same locations. That particular index, rather than being an alphabetic-by-state listing like the article index, is being presented in a tabular form issue-by-issue. Each table gives the site name (county/state), elevation, standard GPS (Latitude/Longitude) coordinates, and the standard Public Land Survey System of the United States (Section/Township/Range) data - where applicable. Please note that in some states, especially in the east, the later system was never implemented, therefore is not used. Those states include: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio (parts), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia
Wherever they are located, and whatever remains at the site, they
are still of interest to the followers of Ghost
Town USA! When you
are out exploring, always remember how fragile these rickety relics of
Americana are. Always treat them with respect and please abide by the Ghost
Towner's Code of Ethics. In that way they may last a
little longer and be available for someone else (or YOU!) to visit next year.
To sample what America's ghost towns are all about, visit our Ghost Town of the Month. PAST Ghost Towns of the Month are also linked in the appropriate locations, so you can also revisit and explore some of the places we’ve already visited.
Walking hand-in-hand with ghost towns are many tales of lost treasure. If you enjoy reading about these legendary stories of lost riches, visit one of Ghost Town USA's Treasure Legends. You'll be glad you did.
We hope this brief introduction to America’s ghost towns will whet your appetite and push a casual interest into a full-blown passion. If you are already passionate about ghost towns, dig deep. There is a lot here to explore!
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