The Top 5 Creepy Ghost Towns in the U.S.

Ashley | 09 - 09 - 2020
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In our childhood days, we all would have heard a lot of scary ghost town stories. But are these creepiest ghost town stories actually real? Here is a list of the top 5 creepy ghost towns in the US.

1. Bodie, CA

This is one of the American ghost towns that were untouched for almost 100 years. Only a few people were left behind in the beginning of the 20th century but a series of unfortunate events let the people in the town leave. Now the town is left with stocked goods and furniture that were once used by the people of the town. Anybody who dares to take any item from the Gold Rush ghost town will be punished. It was considered a sign of bad luck and may even lead to health problems and mysterious events. Visitors are allowed to walk down the deserted street of the town but are not allowed to take away anything from Bodie. In the 19th century, Bodie was a Gold Rush town. The town was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961

2. Calico, California

It is one of the creepiest ghost towns in the United States. Calico Ghost Town is now a historical landmark. Once Calico had more than 500 silver mines and in a period of 12 years, it produced over $20,000 million in silver ore. Later, in the mid-1890s, people started to leave Calico because of poverty. It is believed that people abandoning the town is the reason for it to change into a ghost town. It was considered California’s silver-gold rush gold town. Bottle House is one of the famous tourist attractions as the whole house is made up of bottles, Maggie Mine is one of the very few mines that people are allowed to visit. The town allows you to experience how life in the 1800s looked like.  

1. When Was St. Elmo Founded?
  • A. 1870
  • B. 1880
  • C. 1890
  • D. None of the Above

3. Centralia, PA

It is one of the biggest ghost towns in America. Most people who lived in Centralia were miners. In the 1890s around 2,700 people resided in the town. A fire accident in 1962, destroyed all the mines of the town and by 1981 the entire town was evacuated. In 2002, the Zip Code was eliminated. The surprising part is the fire is still burning today and expected to burn for the next 250 years. But, there are around 6 residents still living in the town. As per the court order, these people were forbidden from passing down or selling their properties. 

4. Rhyolite, Nevada

It is a ghost town in Nye county and is located in the Bullfrog Hills. In the year 1904, an outcropping of rock was found which was nothing but rhyolite and quartz. One of the important things about the rocks is that it was where gold was found. It got its name BullFrog because of the green with yellow chunks appearing on the rocks. Shorty and Ed were the two important minors of the mountain. Later in 1907, the introduction of electricity to the town made the town grow further. From 1905 to 1908, the population of the town grew from 7,500 to 10,000. Later, in 1908, there was no market or no investment for the town and by 1919, the town was almost gone. Rhyolite is considered one of the most-visited and photographed ghost towns in America. 

5. St. Elmo, Colorado

St. Elmo was founded in 1880 and is located in Colorado, United States. Around 2,000 people lived in the town when the gold mining industry was booming. Later, in early 1920, the mining industry started to decline and in 1922 the railroad services were disconnected. The town once had hotels, a town hall, saloons, and a telegraph office. It is considered one of the best-preserved ghost towns of Colorado. Though it is considered a ghost town, many people still reside here. But town halls and many other buildings were destroyed by fire in 2002.

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