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American Ghost Towns

"Ghost Town" is a slang term for a town or city that has, for one reason or another, been abandoned by people. Typical reasons for cities to be evacuated and abandoned by humans include an economic collapse, armed conflicts and wars, changes in the transportation grid, natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes or - in some cases - specific acts of local governments. Sometimes, the term "ghost town" is also applied to places that are sparsely populated, or from where a once-large population scattered, but this list will largely focus on abandoned, empty ghost towns.

American academics have attempted to get even more specific about the definition of "ghost town." Professor T. Lindsay Baker of Tarleton State University in Texas has issued two defining characteristics of ghost towns: (1) there is no more reason for this town to exist and (2) there are tangible remnants of the town for visitors to see.

In America, the notion of a "ghost town" became popularized largely following the California Gold Rush, when a variety of mining towns and camps sprung up across the Western and even parts of the Southern US that were later abandoned when the local resources were used up. Some of these ghost towns entered the popular culture, including Deadwood, South Dakota (which inspired the HBO TV series of the same name) and Cripple Creek, Colorado. Many of these ghost towns have been preserved and serve as state parks, while other former ghost towns have been slowly repopulated over time (such as Aspen, Colorado).
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    Virginia, United States of America More
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    California, United States of America More
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    California, United States of America More
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    Sutter's Mill

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    Western United States, United States of America More
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    Arizona, United States of America More
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    Tombstone Historic District

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    Nevada, United States of America More
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    California, Contiguous United States, Placer County More
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    Bennettville, Yosemite CA

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    Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine

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    Grant Village, Wyoming, United States of America More
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    South Pass City

    Grant Village, Wyoming, United States of America More
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    Colorado, United States of America More
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    Bannack

    Montana, United States of America More
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    Agua Caliente

    Arizona, United States of America More
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    Pennsylvania, United States of America More
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    Iraq More
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    Golden

    New Mexico, United States of America More
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    Old Helena, CA

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    Colorado, United States of America More
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    Holy City

    California, United States of America More
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    Pripyat

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    Patchen

    California, United States of America More
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    Clairemont

    Texas, United States of America More

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