America’s ghost towns left rotting away as disasters and costs see locals flee

Abandoned towns stretch across the United States, with residents leaving their former homes to rot as disaster sets into the area.

Dry climates, financial troubles and flooding were all causes of some of these abandoned towns, with some only recently appearing from watery graves or turned into museums.

Official bodies across America are now attempting to prevent property rot, some buildings of former mining communities that thrived in the 1920s, but it appears to be far grander a challenge than first anticipated, The Mirror reported.

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One such abandoned town, Calico, California, was infamous for its silver mines and booming economy based on local mining.

The place is now a ghost town but has been renovated and fixed up into a museum that still draws visitors to this day, with its Old West buildings drawing crowds.

Old West communities are a common occurrence for abandoned bits and pieces across the United States, with the "Wool Capital of the World" also appealing to visitors.

Tourists are free to mull around Shaniko, Oregon, to their hearts' content, taking in the remains of a jail, school and post office.

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Local Parks Services in the abandoned factories of Kennicott, Alaska, are worried about the state of the buildings, though.

They are working hard to stop building decay and structural damage, which can only be prevented so much, especially if towns are uncovered from reservoirs.

That was the case for Rockport, Utah, where a town had been flooded in the 1950s to make way for a reservoir, but only recently has it been rediscovered during a nasty drought in the area.

Rhyolite, Nevada, is one of many locations to have suffered from the droughts and crumbling mining opportunities, with few properties left standing at the Death Drive road.

There are some areas, like Terlingua, Texas, that are not entirely abandoned, with a few locals sticking around to open gift shops appealing to tourists and travellers alike.

Tourist spots like Thurmond, West Virginia, are also on hand to offer up experiences of the historic past, with a heap of buildings littered in history making up the once-booming location.

St. Elmo, Colorado, is one of those too, with its 2,000 residents nowhere to be found in one of the best-preserved ghost towns in the United States.

A lot of the original buildings are still standing, as they are in Goldfield, Arizona, a former mining town that is, like many of these locations, open to the public for a mosey about.

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South Pass City, Wyoming, offers up one of the most historically-laden cities of all, a town that became the first US territory to offer women the right to vote in 1869, 51 years before the rest of the US followed suit.

Coal mine fires have not been kind to some other locations though, with Centralia, Pennsylvania still struggling with the steam rising from its roads.

It is one of the few locations on this list that is not a tourist destination, and it is more to do with the dangerous toxic substances than a lack of buildings to poke around in.

The same cannot be said for the tourist town of Fairbank, Arizona, an infamous location now owned by the Bureau of Land Management which opened the town up as a pubic museum.

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