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    Any real ghost towns that you can visit in the US?

    I have seen a few advertised along the way, but they tend to be tourist traps that look contrived. Any suggestions?

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    Re: Any real ghost towns that you can visit in the US?

    I haven't been myself, but I've heard good things about Bodie

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    Re: Any real ghost towns that you can visit in the US?

    Yes there are. Depending on where you are in the U.S. There is Deadwood, South Dakota. There is Tombstone, Arizona (I think it's in Arizona). There are ghost tours in New Orleans and Savannah that are quite good.

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    Re: Any real ghost towns that you can visit in the US?

    I've been to Tombstone, and while they may call it a "ghost town" it really isn't much more than a tourist spot. Pretty cool to check out but not really much of a ghost town. The Vulture Mine in Arizona is also an interesting place. It's an abandoned gold mine which is now privately owned and operated. Tourists pay to get in and then are pretty much left to their own devices to wander the site. There is still a lot of gold on the site and just walking around, you can find gold ore rocks with veins of gold. It's an interesting place.

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    Re: Any real ghost towns that you can visit in the US?

    I've only been to Calico, California myself. It was a bit more of a tourist trap than I would've liked... But still a whole lot of fun. I would probably recommend one in Arizona over California.

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    I've heard that most of the good ghost towns are in the Southwest, though a lot of them are tourist traps at this point. One of my favorite places to visit in Centralia, PA. It's a (mostly, except for like a few people) abandoned ex-mining town, where the mine basically caught on fire years ago and is still burning underneath the town. Smoke rises out of the ground and the old highway near the town is also abandoned (you can walk down in) and cracked open with smoke rising out of the cracks. Very fun and creepy to explore. I believe is was the inspiration for the setting of the Silent Hill movie.

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    There is an interesting little town called Bumble Bee in Arizona. It was an old stagecoach stop back in the 1800s. Someone tried to turn it into a tourist attraction in the 1930s but it was unsuccessful. We visited the town about 15 years ago and there wasn't a whole lot there besides some old buildings, but it was still pretty interesting and you could feel the history. We drove about 20 miles down a rough dirt road to find the place. It may be different now, I don't know. A lot can happen in 15 years, even for a ghost town.
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    Re: Any real ghost towns that you can visit in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheerio View Post
    There is an interesting little town called Bumble Bee in Arizona. It was an old stagecoach stop back in the 1800s. Someone tried to turn it into a tourist attraction in the 1930s but it was unsuccessful. We visited the town about 15 years ago and there wasn't a whole there besides some old buildings, but it was still pretty interesting and you could feel the history. We drove about 20 miles down a rough dirt road to find the place. It may be different now, I don't know. A lot can happen in 15 years, even for a ghost town.
    I love the name Bumble Bee! The photos online look pretty neat, as well.
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    It seems some places are more haunted for some than others. People swear up and down about Gettysburg but I have to say I've felt more in completely random unheard of towns than there, with the slight exception of Devil's Den. New Orleans, on the other hand, is quite good for that kind of thing.

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    Re: Any real ghost towns that you can visit in the US?

    My Fiance has told me many sightings he has witnessed in an area in Kentucky near his Grandpa's farm. It is the Family farm and yearly in that area they hold a small Civil War reenactment on the farm and has been known to see many North and South soldiers from the war roaming the grounds there. The Gardner Farm is also near the area of the Hatfield and McCoy's area of growing up. I have not yet been to visit the area so I do not know first hand. I think it is worth looking into if you are interested in finding a true sighting of Ghosts. I am a firm believer that we have ghosts among us on a regular basis.

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    Re: Any real ghost towns that you can visit in the US?

    There is a distinction between a "ghost town" and a haunted place. Ghost towns refer mainly to old, abandoned towns where the people all moved on and just left the buildings behind. This happened a lot back in the days when the railroads were being built when towns were bypassed and just dried up. Many were old mining towns.

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    Re: Any real ghost towns that you can visit in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eva View Post
    I've only been to Calico, California myself. It was a bit more of a tourist trap than I would've liked... But still a whole lot of fun. I would probably recommend one in Arizona over California.
    That is the one I thought of when I started this thread. I am getting good tips here though.

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    Re: Any real ghost towns that you can visit in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by justusforus View Post
    That is the one I thought of when I started this thread. I am getting good tips here though.
    That's totally funny, because when I read your post Calico is the one I thought of immediately because it's the only one I've been to, but I figured you'd consider it too "touristy." My second thought was "The Brady Bunch." They have that Grand Canyon series of episodes and one of their stops is that ghost town. I wonder if that was real or just a set. A place like that might be more along the lines of what you're looking for.

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    Well, I just had to look it up and ruin the fun, didn't I? It was totally a set that has been torn down since then. Man, that's crummy. It looked like a cool place to visit!

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    Re: Any real ghost towns that you can visit in the US?

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    Re: Any real ghost towns that you can visit in the US?

    Well, I do not know about any real ghost towns in the USA. But I will love to find out after my boston niagara. I am so sure that this will be so much amazing and marvelous kinds of time for having some fun there ahead always.

 

 

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