The world is scattered with lonely ghost towns sporting post-apocalyptic scenes as though they were straight out of a movie. Whether abandoned due to economic decline, natural disaster or war, these towns make fascinating yet eerie places to explore. The US also has its fair share of ghost towns, particularly in the west and northern plains states. Caught in a time warp of arrested decay, it’s hard to imagination that these tumbleweed communities were ever bustling. Here are 10 haunting ghost towns in America that are worth checking out. But beware – some are said to be cursed!
1. Bodie, California
One of the most famous frontier ghost towns in America is Bodie, a National Historic Landmark not far from Lake Tahoe. Receiving around 200,000 visitors per year, the former Old West community is a perfectly preserved example of the late nineteenth century gold mining towns of California. Founded in 1876, it started declining in 1880 from its original population of almost 3,000. Rumor has it, any visitor who tries to sneak off with an artifact souvenir from this ghost town will be cursed with bad luck.