I once read that in Nevada, there are ten ghost towns for every inhabited town. I grabbed a calculator and started adding up all the ghost towns I could find in old books,
maps and web sites. I came up with 1,677 names, although I'm sure there are many more of which I'm not aware or that have been lost to history.
In the late 1800's and early 1900's, towns would spring up, seemingly overnight, around the latest gold or silver strike. Entire towns consisted of stores, saloons and
assay offices housed in canvas tents with false fronts of wood. If the strike panned out, a railroad line might be constructed. As more ore was dug from the earth,
buildings of rock and stone might be constructed because optimism dictated that the ore-rich veins would last forever. However, as the mined ore grew poorer and
poorer, people would slowly leave. First a few, then a trickle followed by the inevitable torrent. As the communities emptied, the canvas tents and wood were taken by
their owners to more promising strikes, leaving (in some cases) the rock and stone buildings to be reclaimed by time and mother nature. Many ghost towns never
progressed to the railroad or rock and stone building stage. As a result, their location may only be marked by an occasional foundation or a pile of rusting tin cans.
To make your search for ghost towns which I've visited a bit easier, I've included descriptions of their locations and GPS coordinates. In return for this detail,
I ask that you observe the maxim:
"Take only pictures; Leave only footprints"
Enjoy your travels.