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Ghost Towns & Mining Camps
Calico Ghost Town
HarrisburgCurrently known as Aguereberry Camp - Home of Pete Aguereberry.
JohannesburgSmall mining community off of highway 395 near Randsburg
KeelerPort and bullion production town for Cerro Gordo mines.
KelsoLittle town just about in the dead center of the desert built to serve the railroad.
LlanoCommunity built, adequate water wasn't steady in supply.
New Dale Ghost TownAbout 1910 New Dale was built several miles south of Old Dale. Of course ...
NiptonRail town and supply depot in the East Mojave
Oatman ArizonaOatman is a former mining town in the Black Mountains of Mohave ...
Old Dale Ghost TownOver the years there were several towns named "Dale" in the district east of Twentynine Palms
ProvidenceBoomtown of Providence near Mitchell Caverns in the Mojave Preserve
RagtownRagtown, a ragged experience south of Ludlow.
RandsburgYellow Aster Mine and Rand Mining District
Red MountainNear Randsburg & Johannesburg
RhyoliteLarge Nevada ghost town west of Beatty near Death Valley
SearchlightMining Camp and Colorado River port
ShoshoneSoutheast of Death Valley
SkidooIn January 1906, clouds rolled in over the top of the Panamints. The blinding fog kept ...
SwanseaOwens Valley - North Mojave
BaldwinOld buildings at Lake Baldwin near Big Bear (deprecated)
Route 66 Ghost Towns
Not far from busy Interstate 40 is Ludlow, abandoned and forgotten
Goffs - Route 66
Essex - Route 66
Cadiz Summit - Route 66
Death Valley Ghost Towns
East Mojave Ghost Towns---
Gold Mines & Mills
About Ghost TownsDesert ghost towns are ghost towns simply for one reason; money. If the money isn't there, there is no reason for people to stay. In the areas where resources such as water are available, contemporary communities have developed. In the Mojave, these population centers evolved from springs along trails and later roads, into transportation hubs, waystations and centers, sometimes obscurring or building over historical consequence.
Old mining camps that have lost most of their population at some stage of their history, are sometimes included in the category, although they are active towns and cities today to various degrees. Shoshone and Randsburg are a good examples of this.
Some ghost towns such as Calico and Bodie are tourist attractions preserving architecture (more so Bodie). These towns exist in a protected state, with Calico, a nearly pure tourist attraction, makes money.
An attempt to declare an "Official Ghost Town" in California collapsed when the supporters of the town of Calico, in Southern California, and those of Bodie, in Northern California, could not come to an agreement as to which of their favorites was more deserving.
As a compromise, Calico is the official silver ghost town, while Bodie takes the gold ghost town designation.
Randsburg, a living ghost town