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"ghost Towns"

Posted by: Glenn McCarthy Art and Photography on 07/14/2013 - 2:57 PM

I love old ghost towns and historical decay. Took this particular image when I was visiting Randsburg, California. So, thought it would be cool to see what others have come up with.

Please post only one image per day... and only enlarge by one-third. That will give everyone a chance and also make it so things load quicker. Perhaps a link to find out more about the place would be good too. Especially for those of us who love to get lost on the back roads!

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Posted by: Barbara St Jean on 07/14/2013 - 3:10 PM


Posted by: HW Kateley on 07/14/2013 - 3:14 PM

I have a few things in this vein. This old school is a favorite subject.

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Posted by: Loree Johnson on 07/14/2013 - 3:32 PM

I just uploaded this one today. I was looking back through some shots from February and March and suddenly remembered I wanted to upload this one. It's from the Shasta Valley in northern California. Lots of abandoned homesteads out there.

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Posted by: Glenn McCarthy Art and Photography on 07/14/2013 - 3:34 PM

Yeah... that's what I'm looking for! Old school houses and old time dirt streets! Thanks for sharing the link to Barkerville too! Perhaps some good ideas for vacations will come out of this! And nice one of Shasta Loree!


Posted by: Semmick Photo on 07/14/2013 - 3:35 PM

We have ghost towns in Ireland, a lot, I still need to go out and shoot some... I might just do that this summer


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Posted by: HW Kateley on 07/14/2013 - 3:57 PM

@ Semmick Photo.

I had no idea. Would love to see some.

I spend considerable time in the plains states. Quite a few lingering towns and farmsteads,


Posted by: HW Kateley on 07/14/2013 - 3:59 PM

Here are a couple more...

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Posted by: Lance Vaughn on 07/14/2013 - 4:03 PM


Posted by: Glenn McCarthy Art and Photography on 07/14/2013 - 4:05 PM

Hey guys... thanks for your images. Love what I see. But please try and work with me here.

I asked for "One image per day" Trying to stay away from anyone monopolizing the thread with their images only.

But if you want to discuss "Ghost Towns" that you have visited, go for it. Might spice things up a bit. Just give everyone a chance.




Posted by: HW Kateley on 07/14/2013 - 4:12 PM

Missed that. Have you considered a group for this?


Posted by: Christine Till on 07/14/2013 - 4:37 PM

Bodie CA - Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition

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Posted by: Glenn McCarthy Art and Photography on 07/14/2013 - 4:37 PM

No problemo HW. Appreciate your participation. Just wanted to see where this would go. Hoping that some more prime ghost towns will pop up as destination points.

Starting a group would be good for someone out there. I don't want to shoulder that responsibilty just now. How about you? :) I'll join!

Anyone with photos from "Oatman, Arizona" out there?

P.S. Bodie is one awesome place! Thanks Christine.

Perhaps Gunter's come from Nelson :


Posted by: Christine Till on 07/14/2013 - 4:39 PM

There you go

Oatman, AZ, mirrored in a motorcycle helmet
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But I think Oatman, AZ, doesn't count because it's very much alive. It successfully refused to become a ghost town, and there is not much of decay either. It's just old.


Posted by: Gunter Nezhoda on 07/14/2013 - 4:42 PM

oh, so sorry, haven't seen that this is only 1 a day,

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Posted by: Glenn McCarthy Art and Photography on 07/14/2013 - 4:44 PM

I think you're right Christine... perhaps my criteria would probably include my last hometown after the start of the great recession!

No problem Gunter. Love your images that you posted!

Carry on!


Posted by: Christine Till on 07/14/2013 - 4:47 PM

You're right, Glenn. I saw many of those ....


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Posted by: Mary Bedy on 07/14/2013 - 5:36 PM

I'm sorry, Glenn but I don't do fractions LOL. So this is just the thumbnail

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Posted by: Jim Hughes on 07/14/2013 - 6:34 PM

@Christine Till, that helmet shot is d@mn clever.


Posted by: Richard Rizzo on 07/14/2013 - 6:44 PM

Photographed at Garnet Montana (Circa 1996)

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Posted by: Ann Powell on 07/14/2013 - 6:47 PM

I also have an old school house image. This one taken in rural OK, a small community called Burbank. It is not a ghost town but there is not much left there.

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Posted by: Jim Sauchyn on 07/14/2013 - 8:08 PM

The Canadian Pacific Railway built these houses for settlers well over 100 years ago on land the Canadian gov't had given them so they could help pay the cost of the railway. They dug wells and fenced the land with cedar posts from B.C. A few of these can still be seen in the countryside, and some are still being lived in. This one is near Hardisty, Alberta.

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Posted by: Jenny Armitage on 07/14/2013 - 8:16 PM

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Central City, Colorado, a boom mining town which became first a ghost town, then a tourist trap, and now a gambling destination. This building is part of what's left of the real ghost town. Lots of boom time Victorian shops have been kept up:

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Posted by: Randall Nyhof on 07/14/2013 - 9:06 PM

Old Mining Ghost Town in Fayette Michigan in the Upper Peninsula
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Posted by: Barbara St Jean on 07/14/2013 - 9:23 PM

Okay Glenn, you asked for a story.... This image is shot at the same Ghost Town as before (Barkerville, BC) It's was a mining town in the 1860 and it's claim to fame was the amount of gold found in the area. The news travel around the world and soon people were flocking to the interior of our province any way they could. some coming from as far away as California, but many didn't make it to their destination and they are said to be the lucky ones. Life was hard in those days...

Lot's has been written about this place, in fact my latest book (which hopefully will be published soon...) is set in this part of the province in the 1860... So for research I went to Barkerville a few years back at the end of the tourist season and did a two day photo shoot with a couple friends who are great photographers, better then me..LOL and well to make a long story shorter. I was wondering around with my shoot and click camera just to get a feeling of the place. No one was around when I took this picture. I didn't realize it at the time but I captured something bizarre. I don't know what it is, but everyone that looks at it thinks it is a GHOST!!! Check it out and see what you think.

Cheers, Barbara

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Edit; Sorry but for some strange reason the high res preview is not working again.... I have fixed it twice and now it will not let me even go into edit to jump start it... it's got to be a ghost...LOL


Posted by: Chaline Ouellet on 07/14/2013 - 11:42 PM

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Hornitos is a little town in Mariposa County about an hour or so from Yosemite. The name loosely translated means 'little ovens' and represents the graves that they made of stone and adobe above ground because it was too hard to dig. Ansel Adams once photographed the little white church up on the hill above town, it is quite a famous photo. We spent alot of time here, panning and sluesing for gold on Bear Creek. In it's hey day the town was famous for being home to Joaquin Murietta and for elaborate underground tunnel system that went directly under the bank and out to the edge of town ... handy for the robbers. There were some old adobe buidlings and a little stone jail house that for years were maintained by Muriettas great grandson. I painted this building which is long gone, it used to be by an adobe wall near a little playground.


Posted by: EricaMaxine Price on 07/15/2013 - 12:25 AM

My favorites are old barns

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Posted by: Glenn McCarthy Art and Photography on 07/15/2013 - 12:32 AM

Been busy with family things for the past several hours...

Thanks for all the entries here... Have to run some personal background checks on a couple. Burbank... yes I remember that place! Is it still on the map? Nice school house. We need more like that :0

Sorry the magnifier is not working on your image Barbara... would like the closer look. It does have an eerie feel to it. But isn't doing the hands on research fun?

Love the vantage point of your entry Richard. Nice prarie scene Jim. Thanks Jeanne for your hand worked images. Nice old wheels in the Fayettev snow Randall! Will have to keep Hornitos in mind Chaline. Yeah... pretty old Erica!


Posted by: Christine Till on 07/15/2013 - 12:44 AM

Thanks, Jim ... you made my day :-)


Posted by: Claude Oesterreicher on 07/15/2013 - 8:47 AM

For those of you who want to see "what" was "where" in an old town or in a local county or township...May I suggest: I metal-detect, and just found this site a few weeks ago. I'm finding 100's of new locations to explore! :))

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Posted by: Shane Bechler on 07/15/2013 - 10:30 AM

I came across this old homestead while driving some old dirt roads in the mountains near Gould, Colorado.

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Posted by: Deborah Smolinske on 07/15/2013 - 10:56 AM

Glenn, why not hop on old Route 66 and start heading east? There are loads of old ghost towns and partial ghost towns along the way. Like Calico in California and Oatman in Arizona, many of them have sort of been turned into Disneyized ghost town tourist attractions, but many others are just slowly fading away. I found one in New Mexico (Cuervo) that I thought was particularly interesting. People do still live there, but not many. Interstate 40 runs right through the middle of what's left. It's one of those places so small that if you blink, you'll miss it.

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Posted by: Gary Whitton on 07/15/2013 - 12:29 PM

Not really from a ghost town, but a canyon with a lot of history.

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Posted by: Bob Galka on 07/15/2013 - 1:36 PM

Here is a panorama from just "outside" of Oatman, AZ...

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Posted by: Don Bendickson on 07/15/2013 - 2:29 PM

This old Homestead is located in an area called Hope Valley California, Hope Valley is about 15 or so miles from the Kirkwood ski resort on highway 88.

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Posted by: Glenn McCarthy Art and Photography on 07/15/2013 - 6:33 PM

Great images everyone. I really would like it if we could keep it to one per day.

Yes, just jumping on Route 66 would yield a trove of abandoned places. I've bee to Calico many times over but never really came away with much but family snapshots.

Thanks for all the links too. Gotta check them out.

Thanks for all the links too. I took this one very familiar building in Bodie, California.

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Posted by: Marilyn Diaz on 07/15/2013 - 7:03 PM

Just posted quite a few images of Goldpoint Nevada on my site.


Posted by: Phyllis Wolf on 07/15/2013 - 7:24 PM

This is a picture of the chimneys that stand at the Fort Phantom Hill site near Abilene. It's a frontier era Army Fort site that is said to be haunted.
Several legends exist that the place is haunted by restless Indians of frontier times, who continue to stalk their ancient grounds during the night. Another says the fort is haunted by an innocent man who was wrongly hanged near the fort. After his life ended at the end of a rope, his accusers are all said to have died in mysterious ways.

Here is a link about it. On page 2 and 3 of the link it also talks about nearby Fort Phantom lake that is also said to be haunted by "the Lady of the Lake".

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Posted by: Deborah Smolinske on 07/15/2013 - 7:36 PM

Hey, Glenn, I just realized that you're in Hemet. Have you ever driven around the Salton Sea? Not your traditional ghost town, but there's a lot of decayed and abandoned places all around there, resorts from the 1950s that didn't pan out, trailer parks that people just walked away from, stuff like that. I haven't been there in several years, but I used to love driving out that way from Palm Springs and just seeing what there was to see. I have one image for sale here on FAA from those times:

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Posted by: Glenn McCarthy Art and Photography on 07/15/2013 - 9:02 PM

Yes Deborah... I should take a cruise over there. I haven't wandered that way since I was 7 years old. Got the worst sunburn of my life there. My wife was born in Indio.

Your image really does represent the area there. The beauty of decay. This week is only supposed to be in the high 90's every day. Add in the wonderful aroma of the place and you really have an experience to remember!

Quite a write-up on the Fort Phantom site Phyllis. To quote the Lieutenant "When I say to you that we have a beautiful valley to look upon, I have said everything favorable that could be said of this place. We are camped in a grove of blackjack two or three hundred yards from the creek which is alt. Everybody is disgusted. Like the Dove after the Deluge, not one green sprig can we find to indicate this was ever intended by man to inhabit. Indeed I cannot imagine that God ever intended for white man to occupy such a barren waste.

P.S. Marilyn... Post one of your images here!


Posted by: Phyllis Wolf on 07/15/2013 - 9:08 PM

Actually, I kinda felt like that Lieutenant when I first set eyes on the area too!.. lol! ...but...I reckon it's not as barren now as it was back then..and I've gotten use to the landscape in these parts now and even see the beauty in it in places. ; )


Posted by: Glenn McCarthy Art and Photography on 07/19/2013 - 3:21 PM


If the fire up there continues on the Salton Sea may become history!

This isn't quite a ghost town shot... but there are those that might argue whether or not Lucerne is really alive!

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Posted by: Phyllis Denton on 07/19/2013 - 7:55 PM

This is from Jerome AZ.
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