Ghost towns were once animated towns like many others in the western United States. Then, for one reason or another, the residents moved away, and the towns resembled empty movie sets-places with a lot of buildings but no people. Today, each ghost town is different. Some ghost towns have a few residents. Others don’t have any residents at all. Some ghost towns have just a little history. Others have a lot of history and popular tourist attractions.
Where Did Ghost Towns Come From?
Many ghost towns began as mining camps. When the mine had no more gold, silver, or other minerals, people didn’t have much work. No work meant no money. As a result, everyone or almost everyone moved away. They went to new places where they could earn some money.
Where Are These Ghost Towns?
You can visit thousands of ghost towns in the western United States. The state of Arizona alone has over 275. The names of the towns tell us something about their history. Some towns have Spanish names, such as Agua Caliente and Dos Cabezas. Others, like Adaman and Aravaipa, have Native American names. Others, Coalville and Copper Hill, tell us about the type of mining in the town. Places with names like Paradise or Fort Misery tell us about the miner’s dreams and difficulties.