Thursday, July 3, 2014


   A Ghost Town is a place that no longer exists.  For some reason, and many times unexplained reasons, the people of the town leave and never return.  The town is left to rot and be forgotten.  But, a lot of these places allow you t come and visit, to step on the land that is no longer wanted, and to learn the mysteries behind their disappearances.  Here is a list of some of the best Ghost Towns in the United States.

Roanoke Island, North Carolina
   The Lost Colony.  Everyone knows that the first settlers in the new world created colonies in Jamestown and Plymouth, but there was also a colony on Roanoke Island, North Carolina.  History tells of a woman, named Virginia Dare, who settled there with her family.  Sir Walter Raleigh had led ships there.  It would be the first settlement on American soil, but it was short lived. 
   That's because everyone disappeared!

   To this day, scientists and historians have given answers to what happened to the people of Roanoke, but none can say for certain that their answer is the correct one.  It is as if the people just vanished.
   Visitors to Fort Raleigh (the only thing the settlers left behind) ca walk the area and learn about Virginia Dare and her family.  Sir Walter Raleigh and his plans for the new world, Native American tribes in the area, and you can speculate on the disappearance of an entire town.

Centralia, Pennsylvania
   Centralia, Pennsylvania.  I can give you one very good reason to visit the abandoned ghost town; Silent Hill.  Centralia, Pennsylvania was a prosperous mining town until 1962 when a mine fire got out of control.  It created sink holes that apparently still burn today.  The damage and the danger forced people to leave the town and it became a ghost town.
   Silent Hill, the movie, was based on Centralia, Pennsylvania.  The town of Silent Hill was destroyed because of a mine fire.  The town is covered in fog and falling ash.  The video games and the movie are wonderful works of horror and seeing the town that inspired the film of Halloween, would be perfect.
   You can take a drive through Centralia, and stop and walk around.  There are no tourist sights, but in some ways, that makes it better.

Bodie, California
   Bodie, California.  In the 1800's Bodie, California was a town of ill repute.  The founder, having struck gold, built the town and it grew.  It is said that the run of gold and alcohol was deadly for the townspeople and they were always getting killed.  It is now a rubble of buildings barely standing.
   But, don't forget to look out for ghosts.  There are stories of a maid in the Cain house who committed suicide and still haunts the place.  And, of course, plenty of strange sounds and noises.
   You can visit Bodie and explore the mess that it is now.  It is a park now, and preserved for tourists.

Bannack, Montana
   Bannack, Montana.  Bannack was another mining town that turned to dust by the 1940's.  Like Bodie, the old town has been turned into a State Park for visitors.  An added bonus is that area is supposedly haunted.  A vigilante named Henry Plummer, who killed hundreds of people, reportedly haunts the town.  And a young girl who drowned is often seen.
   You can visit Bannack and explore the building that have been preserved.  Just watch out for Henry Plummer!

St. Elmo, Colorado
   St. Elmo, Colorado.  Yet another mining town turned ghost town.  Silver and gold abounded and St. Elmo came to life.  Trains came in, bringing goods, but by 1922 the last train left.  There was no one left in St. Elmo.
   That is except the ghosts.  All the typical scary sounds and happenings have been reported here.  From crying children, to items being placed where they shouldn't be.  Doesn't make it any less interesting though.  If anything, those things are more likely to happen to you when you visit, than seeing an actual ghost.  Makes the trip more exciting that way.
   You can visit St. Elmo anytime you want.  Pass through by car or stop and walk.  There are many sights besides hoping for ghosts, trails to hike and mountains to climb.

Tombstone, Arizona
   Tombstone, Arizona.  Wyatt Earp and the OK Corral are famous parts of Tombstone's history.  Considered one of the deadliest places to live, Tombstone was known for its ruthlessness.  Gangs roamed the streets and killed at will.  Everybody was probably drunk.
   Tombstone isn't a ghost town per se, because the people turned it into a tourism spot.  However, it does look like one.  The buildings have been preserved as they once were, so it's like walking into the old west.  Visitors can walk around and explore.   The town's saloon plays music for dancing, and you can even stay in town. If you dare.  Because Tombstone is also haunted.  The OK Corral is haunted by ghosts, and it is said the streets are the most haunted.  You can see a woman wandering the streets, and hear gunshots in the night.

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