Calico Ghost Town, near Barstow, CA This former silver-mining town in Southern California peaked in the 1880s, but started declining when the price of silver dropped in the 1890s. It was a ghost town by 1907.
The Ghost Town of Rush, Arkansas. In the 1890s this town was home to thousands of people and a booming zinc mining operation. The town died in the 1950s and is now a true American ghost town. In fact, it is the only ghost town listed on the National Register of Historic Places!
The old mining settlement at Bodie in California. Dating back to around 1859. Bodie is frozen in a state of “arrested decay”, looked after as a historic park but not restored to its original condition.
Goldfield Ghost Town - Jail | Photo By Saija Lehtonen | Back in the 1890's Goldfield boasted 3 saloons, a boarding house, general store, blacksmith shop, brewery, meat market and a school house. Just when it looked like the town would outgrow Mesa, the vein faulted, the grade of ore dropped and the town died a slow painful death. After several unsuccessful attempts to reopen the mines, the town did come to life again from 1910 on and off until 1926.