Ghost Towns Across The US, Some Are Historical, Others Are Just Haunted

The Wild West of the 19th century sent thousands of people traveling west of the Mississippi River to unnamed territories in search of gold and fortune. Boom towns popped up across Colorado, Nevada, and California as new residents quickly built up the town as the gold, silver, lead, and zinc made them rich nearly overnight. But just as quickly as these towns grew, they were abandoned. These American ghost towns’ glory days are long gone, and what’s left of them is a haunting reminder of forgotten dreams. All that’s left of one town is a witch’s grave.

Cerro Gordo, An Abandoned Mining Town in California

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In 1865, people swarmed to Cerro Gordo, California after silver was discovered in the hills. It became a classic Wild Wild town, as the mines produced silver, lead, and zinc. Real estate agent Jake Rasmuson said the town averaged a murder a day when the minerals were being sourced and tensions were high. Prosperity in the area continued until 1938 when they stopped the commercial extraction.

The town that was once booming with miners became a ghost town, as everyone moved on. The city, located near Death Valley, was deserted for decades until Brent Underwood decided to purchase it in 2018. He bought the entire town of Cerro Gordo for $1.4 million and plans to turn it into grounds for retreats. “Cerro Gordo is a true piece of American history that is impossible to replicate,” he told Fox2.