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I recently discovered this and found it very fascinating. I would love to have access to investigate some of these. I had never heard of most of them. The closest one is in Centralia PA and I find it amazing an underground mine can burn for so many years. Anyone of these places would be a great vacation.
That is really interesting. Are there anymore in the United States?
(07-04-2009, 02:58 PM)The Warrior Wrote: [ -> ]That is really interesting. Are there anymore in the United States?

Yes on page three of the link I provided is Brodie California which is now a state park
Abandoned places and ghost towns are two of my passions. These are all definitely ghost towns, but we usually associate ghost towns with the old west. Brodie, California is one of hundreds of ghost towns that still exist in various forms. Years ago, while living in California, I discovered a website dedicated to ghost towns. It's the most comprehensive site I've ever found devoted to the subject of ghost towns. The database is divided into states as well as Canadian provinces. The detail of the sites is extraordinary. They tell you how accessible it is.... whether you can drive to it in a car or if you need a 4-wheel drive or if you can drive only part way and have to hike the rest of the way. Some are underwater, too, like the one that was near where I lived in California. If you're interested in exploring ghost towns, I highly recommend But keep your volume low as their cheezy music can't be stopped. LOL
My grandfather lives in Cottonwood, Arizona very near the ghost town of Jerome(?), I believe that is what it's called. He sent some very unique pictures, (which I must learn how to post through photobucket). It is so spooky to look at these towns. A little sad, too.

This isn't really the same thing, but I still find it interesting. My sister lives in Seattle and has shown me pictures of Old Seattle, which is mostly underneath the city that exists today. It's really fascinating, and lots of history there.
Well, scarygirl, after spending lots of time reading about many of the ghost towns in Arizona, New Mexico, California and Nevada, many were understandably abandoned because mineral veins ran out, or the railroad didn't pass as close to the town as its citizens had hoped it would, but there are a few, mostly closer to the east coast that were abandoned as if the townsfolk just got up and walked away. To me, those are the spooky ones.

By the way... if you look at that website, there is a listing for Jerome and apparently aspects of it - namely the hotel - have been reopened. This is what it says about Jerome:

Quote:Jerome's post office was established September 10, 1883 and has never been discontinued. Once the fifth largest city in Arizona, Jerome has now been reduced to a ghost of a city. Copper was the mainstay and the mines are rumored to have started over 1000 years ago by the Tuzigoot Indians. In 1882, the United Verde Copper company was formed by James A. McDonald and Eugene Jerome of New York, and Governor Tritle of Arizona. Copper demands increased and so did mining in Jerome. At one time, Jerome have over 15,000 residents inhabiting its streets. The depression years marked the end of prosperous times for Jerome and the mines finally closed in 1950. Then, some residents founded the Jerome Historical Society and proclaimed Jerome to be America's newest and largest ghost city. This is probably what saved the town from total extinction. Today, small shops line the street along with ruins of its past such as the famous traveling jail. Jerome is a well spent trip and is highly recommended. - GT

Jerome is located in Yavapai County, on the slopes of Cleopatra Hill. Post office opened on September 10, 1883 and is still in use. Once in time Jerome was fifth biggest town in Arizona, but now is reduced to capitol of the ghost towns. Main income was cobber and the mining in the area started for 1000 years ago, by the Tuzigoot Indians. In 1882, United Ver-de Copper Com-pany was grounded by James A. McDonald, Eugene Jerome from New York and Governor Tritle of Arizona. Finely, the cobber was mined out and mining in Jerome died. In the heydays over 15.000 people lived in Jerome. The depression years marked end of progress in Jerome and the mines closed finely in 1950. After that some citizens grounded Jerome Historical Society and proclaimed Jerome as Americas newest and biggest ghost town. That was the reason why Jerome was sawed from total collapse and destruction. To day you will se many stores along the main street between ruins from the past, as old jail. The most of the town is saved in the original condition and the mostly houses are habitat. You will find almost everything in Jerome and the trip to the town is recommended.
Thank you so much for that information, Andraste. Yes, it is a bit of a tourist spot now. I do agree, the towns that have just been abandoned as if one day everyone just got up and walked away are very creepy.

I talked to my grandfather last night, and he said that Jerome is not so much of a ghost town as it is a tourist trap. It is interesting, but he thinks it would be a lot more interesting if they just left it alone.
Funny... I've visited both Jerome and Centralia.

Jerome really is an old mining town gone bust-- the same thing happened to Bisbee, but the hippies moved into Bisbee when the miners left and that kept the area going. Jerome is on the side of a mountain in the Flagstaff/Prescott area of Arizona. My family made a pit-stop there once on our way back from the pumpkin festival at Young's Farm (which has since been sold to developers). It's pretty touristy... just an old sawmill and a bunch of bars. They did have a museum, but it was closed when I was there.

Unfortunately, the same thing happened in Centralia (we got there and the museum was closed). On a lark, I drove me and my roommates through there in 2005-- telling them the story of how the coal mine started fire and how it's been burning for several decades. People gradually moved out because of the sulfurous smell and the damage the sink holes from the mine fire has generated. There are signs everywhere warning travelers not to trespass. It's also a dead-end town in the middle of nowhere, since the main, connecting roadway has collapsed due to the mine fire. Still, I got my souvenir photo before I left...
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