5 Spooky US Ghost Towns

You don't have to believe in ghosts to enjoy these one-time centers for mining, railroads and other operations in America's Old West.
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Bodie, CA

Widely considered California's most famous ghost town, Bodie was founded in 1859 after gold was discovered nearby.

Bodie, CA

The outpost of 200 original structures in Bodie makes up the nation's largest unreconstructed ghost town.

Elk Falls, KS

Once a vibrant town in the Ozarks region, Elk Falls, KS, touts itself as the 'World's Largest Living Ghost Town.'

Copper Center, AK

The Kennecott copper mine in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is a living museum offering tours of the rehabbed mines.

South Pass City, WY

South Pass City, WY, got its start in 1867, but faded by the 1930s, leaving behind cabins, museums, dance halls and a jail.

South Pass City, WY

Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, South Pass City, WY, preserves more than 25 historic structures dating back to the 1860s.

St. Elmo, CO

One of Colorado’s best preserved ghost towns, St. Elmo, CO, was once a prominent location for the mining industry in the 1890s.

St. Elmo, CO

Many original structures in St. Elmo, CO, have been restored, including a general store that opens from May and October.