Spooky towns in the States
There are abandoned communities all over America that have spine-chilling histories. From long-forgotten Wild West mining towns and former resorts to road trip pit stops and railroad hubs, these seriously spooky towns are sure to give you the heebie-jeebies.
The mines closed in the 1930s and the town was abandoned as the post office closed in 1939. Although several families still live here, the only commercial site is a rattlesnake products store. Visitors can usually wander around the ruins of a hospital, a saloon and a jail that’s been renovated to house a museum.
Upon discovering silver in 1880, two prospectors eager to make a quick buck created a Miner’s Protective Association, and within five years, Ashcroft boasted 20 saloons and more than 3,500 residents. But like most mining towns, the silver ran out quickly and by the end of 1885 only 100 residents remained.
In its heyday, the town had 13 saloons, four hotels, two barbershops, a doctor’s office and a school as well as a daily stagecoach route to nearby towns. Garnet was a lively mining town from the 1860s when prospectors discovered gold and semi-precious red gems in the area. Unfortunately, half the town was burned down in 1912 and, as the mines were running out of gold anyway, it was abandoned.
Glenrio, New Mexico and Texas
Between the 1940s and the 1960s, the busy Route 66 sent thousands of travelers through the town of Glenrio. Built on the border between New Mexico and Texas, the town offered motorists a road stop with gas stations, diners, bars, motels and even a dance hall. However, when the I-40 was built in the 1970s, the travelers bypassed the former desert oasis.
Unlike Bodie, Calico in California was the largest silver mine in the state. By the late 1800s Calico had over 500 mines and a population of 3,500 people. However, in 1896 the government decided to regulate the price of silver with the Silver Purchase Act. Overnight, the Calico mines became unprofitable and were shut down, leaving Calico a ghost town.
The residents of Terlingua realized its potential as an attraction on the way to Big Bend National Park. The town usually offers several dining spots, a souvenir shop and tours of the abandoned buildings.
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