Exploring 5 Forgotten Ghost Towns in California


Calico, an abandoned mining town off Route 66, has been renovated as a major tourist attraction with guided mine tours, restored buildings, and amenities such as a saloon and gift shop.


After the gold rush, the Mojave Desert's Ballarat, a former mining supply station, was abandoned; today, tourists flock to its decaying structures and abandoned sites, including Charles Manson's old truck and a graveyard.

Cerro Gordo

Cerro Gordo, a historic silver mining town north of Death Valley that has been restored by private landowners, is now accessible for excursions and offers an interesting glimpse into a ghost town that is being revitalized.

Silver City Ghost Town

Silver City, California's only ghost town on the National Directory of Haunted Places, offers a glimpse into 19th-century life with nearly 20 abandoned buildings and the option for a guided tour.

Panamint City

Remnants of Main Street in its red-light district can still be seen in the lonely and ghostly town of Death Valley National Park, once a prosperous silver mining community in the late 1800s and now accessible only by foot after May 7.5 May go. Let's go to the salon together.

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