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    From 1897 to 1917 Ballarat served as a supply and recreation center for miners in the Panamint Mountains and Death Valley. Ballarat springs, cemetery and remaining ruins of ...

Bickel Camp

    Walt Bickel, a heavy equipment operator, came to the El Paso Mountains as ...


    Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. The town is named for ...

Calico Ghost Town

    Late in the 1800's Calico was busy with prospectors searching for its mineral riches. Silver was discovered here and the Calico Mining District became one of the richest in the state. By 1881, Calico was ...


    Railroad construction camp and shipping center for Walker Basin.


    Landing and loading point for bullion from Cerro Gordo mines.

Cerro Gordo

    At its peak over 1,000 people lived here working in mines as the ...

Chloride Cliff

    In 1871, August Franklin killed a snake, looked down and found some rich looking float. ...


    Deserted town in the Mojave National Preserve


    The Old Dutch Cleanser mine and camp in the El Paso Mountains


    1870's silver boom town


    Mining ghost town at north end of Owens Lake.

Dublin Gulch

    The caves in the soft hills of this wash were used as housing for ...


    California historical site in the El Paso Mountains originally known as Cow Wells


    These days not even a shack remains standing, but gold was reportedly discovered at Goldstone as early as the 1880s. ...

Goler Gulch

    John Goler was one of the Lost '49ers who had seen gold in one of the canyons on his way ...

Goodsprings, Nevada


Currently known as Aguereberry Camp - Home of Pete Aguereberry.


In 1881 Frank Denning and Stanley Miller discovered copper and silver deposits here and ...


Small mining community off of highway 395 near Randsburg


Port and bullion production town for Cerro Gordo mines.


Little town just about in the dead center of the desert built to serve the railroad.


    Leadfield's legacy is the road through Titus Canyon. A narrow, twisting canyon that ...

Llano del Rio

Community built, adequate water wasn't steady in supply.

New Dale Ghost Town

About 1910 New Dale was built several miles south of Old Dale. Of course ...


Rail town and supply depot in the East Mojave

Oatman Arizona

Oatman is a former mining town in the Black Mountains of Mohave ...

Old Dale Ghost Town

Over the years there were several towns named "Dale" in the district east of Twentynine Palms


Boomtown of Providence near Mitchell Caverns in the Mojave Preserve


Ragtown, a ragged experience south of Ludlow.


Yellow Aster Mine and Rand Mining District

Red Mountain

Near Randsburg & Johannesburg


Large Nevada ghost town west of Beatty near Death Valley


Mining Camp and Colorado River port


Southeast of Death Valley


In January 1906, clouds rolled in over the top of the Panamints. The blinding fog kept ...


Owens Valley - North Mojave


Old buildings at Lake Baldwin near Big Bear (deprecated)

Route 66 Ghost Towns


Death Valley Ghost Towns

East Mojave Ghost Towns


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Gold Mines & Mills


About Ghost Towns

Desert 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

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