Ghost Town Listings

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. 


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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.


Visit our page explaining the various types or categories that ghost towns can be classified under, and also the Definitions page, explaining some of the terms used in Ghost Towning.


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!








Alabama * Alaska * Arizona * Arkansas * California * Colorado * Connecticut * Delaware * Florida * Georgia * Hawai’i * Idaho * Illinois * Indiana * Iowa * Kansas * Kentucky * Louisiana * Maine * Maryland * Massachusetts * Michigan * Minnesota * Mississippi * Missouri * Montana * Nebraska * Nevada * New Hampshire * New Jersey * New Mexico * New York * North Carolina * North Dakota * Ohio * Oklahoma * Oregon * Pennsylvania * Rhode Island * South Carolina * South Dakota * Tennessee * Texas * Utah * Vermont * Virginia * Washington * West Virginia * Wisconsin * Wyoming * Washington D.C. (Coming Soon!)




* Australia * Canada * Great Britain * New Zealand *



Please note. This site is in process of constant construction and remodeling.  If you have any ideas for improvement, or know of any locations not listed that you'd like to see listed, please let us know.  I will give you credit for any information you give me that I post, unless you request to not be mentioned.


For a more comprehensive listing of ghost towns in each state, The Ghost Town Guru is putting together guides to the ghost towns of each state.  These extensive listings expand greatly on what is shown on web pages listed below.


Also visit: Ghost Town USA’s


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E-mail Ghost Town USA


E-mailers, PLEASE NOTE:

Due to the tremendous amount of viruses, worms and “spam,” out there, I no longer open any e-mails on which the subject lines have “Hey”, “Hi”, “Need help”, “Help Please,” only question marks, or blank subject lines, etc. 

If you do send an E-mail asking for information, or sharing information, PLEASE indicate the appropriate ghost town AND state name, or other topic on the “subject” line. 

Thank You.  GBS.



LAST UPDATED: January 01, 2017

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