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This Haunting Road Trip Through America’s Ghost Towns Is One You Won’t Forget

A Road Trip Full Of Nightmares: America’s Ghost Towns

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The cupboards are full, the stores stocked, and the kitchen sinks still overflow with dishes. The only thing missing is people. They got outta dodge years ago.
Yea, call them ghost towns without ghosts. Once bustling with bars, brothels, and bandits. Planning a fall getaway or just interested in a little armchair travel? These abandoned places and spaces are perfect for your ghost adventure. Today these 10 (mostly mining) hamlets are eerily abandoned, freakishly desolate, and so perfectly preserved that you’d think they’d been deserted overnight.

1. West Virginia: Thurmond:

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Thurmond’s empty downtown belies the fact that five people still actually live in this West Virginia town, now a ghost of the thriving community it used to be. Once a big stop on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, the invention of the diesel locomotive in the 1950s rendered its coal-run railroad obsolete. The train depot is now a museum, Amtrak station, and visitors’ center for travelers who come to the region to raft on the New River Gorge National River, and the quaint Thurmond Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. Surprisingly untouched by modern development, Thurmond is a throwback to an American town of the past, an unsettling reminder of how prosperity can be fleeting.

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Perhaps one of the most well-known ghost towns in all of America, Bodie was established in 1859 after William Bodie found some gold nearby. Of course, that brought in a decent amount of people who quickly seemed to figure out that William’s find was not common, so just like with most ghost towns, everyone upped and left when they saw it was not going to “pan” out as planned. Get it, because they used pans to find gold? High quality wordplay right there.

3. Centralia in Pennsylvania:

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Perhaps my favourite entry on the list, few ghost towns in the entire world are quite as creepy as this smouldering ghost town in Pennsylvania. Originally a mining town that was thriving, this was all brought to a screeching halt when a massive mine fire erupted underground in 1962, causing it to be slowly evacuated over time once the severity of the fire was determined.

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