Are you brave enough to stay in these haunted ghost towns?
Ghost towns have an appeal that draws you into another time period like a fictional time machine. Some ghost towns are said to be haunted and some are not. However, they all have a unique mystery that brings them back to life the moment you arrive. Ghost towns are a wonderful place to tour if you have an interest in history or just long for a time when life was simpler. Let’s take a look at some ghost towns across America.
Bodie was a popular boom town in the days of the gold rush. In 1859, prospector W.S. Bodey discovered gold deposits. Unfortunately, Bodey died in a snowstorm and did not live to see the flourishing town that would become his namesake. Although the town is named after him, there was some confusion over the original spelling of the name and became known as Bodie. Over the years, people came to Bodie in hopes of obtaining a fortune. The town and mining operations became profitable. Eventually, the town became a center for saloons, gambling, and brawls. The town of Bodie declined slowly as deposits became depleted, mines ceased production and residents moved on until it became the ghost town it is today. However, it is believed that the forgotten residents of Bodie still protect the town by cursing anyone who removed even the slightest object with misfortune, until they return the item. People have reported hearing music as well as children laughing and playing. Frightening experiences have included the feeling of suffocation and being overcome by an intense feeling of fear. Visit Bodie if you dare, but don’t take any souvenirs.
Garnet is a ghost town where the ghostly inhabitants still live life to the fullest, according to tourists and caretakers. The town was named after the red semi-precious gemstone found in the area. Garnet is a remotely located mountain town that flourished in the late 19th century due to gold and silver mining. Once the ore ran out, so did the town’s inhabitants. By the 1940s Garnet had become a ghost town. Residents left their homes with furnishings still intact, making it appear as though theinhabitants were simply going on vacation. The town was left awaiting their return. According to reports by volunteers, the inhabitants may have returned after all. There have been reports of voices, footsteps, and music. The paranormal activity seems to increase during the winter months, with reports apparitions and footprints in the snow.
Kennecott was a booming copper mining camp established in 1903. Copper was a valuable mineral at that time and miners flocked to the area with their families. However, the prosperity did not last for long and by 1938, the mines had been depleted. All but a few residents had left and the town became an official ghost town. Kennicott is now a National Historic Landmark and a popular tourist attraction. So, is Kennicott haunted? People have reported seeing apparitions. There are even reports of tombstones disappearing. There are claims that one of the railroads that serviced the mines is haunted as well.
St. Elmo, Colorado
St. Elmo was originally founded in 1878. Like many of the other booming towns of its era, miners worked gold, silver and copper mines. A cattleman named Anton Stark and his family moved to the town in 1881. His wife Anna ran the general store and hotel, while he became a boss at one of the mines. Even after the mines began to fail and the railroad became defunct, the Stark family remained, keeping the town alive and believing that it would thrive again. They existed on sales from the general store and tourism. Finally after the passing of Mr. and Mrs. Stark, and their son Roy, only their daughter Annabelle and son Tony remained in the town. The property began to deteriorate and with no indoor plumbing or electricity, and the brother and sister became unkempt as well. They were eventually placed in a mental institution, although they were released shortly thereafter on testimony from a friend that they were harmless. Roy died shortly afterward and Annabelle was sent to a nursing home. However, it is believed that Annabelle’s ghost is still looking after her town. People have reported seeing apparitions, doors slamming shut and items being moved.
Bannack came into existence in 1862 when gold was discovered. Like any other mining town, miners rushed to the area in hopes of earning a fortune. Shortly afterward, a charismatic character named Henry Plummer came to town. He gained the trust of the residents and soon had himself elected Sheriff. Plummer’s intentions were not good, since he led a band of outlaws. Eventually, the miners formed a group of vigilantes and hanged many of the gang members, including Plummer. Bannack, like most other mining towns, has faded away into history, becoming a ghost town. However, people have reported that Henry Plummer still haunts the place. Bannack is reported to have plenty of ghostly activity, including apparitions, the sounds of crying children and odd cold spots.
So, if you are looking for a different kind of haunt this Halloween or sights to see on your next vacation, consider adding a ghost town to your travel itinerary. If you don’t want to roam too far from home, do a little research to find a ghost town near your location. This is just a small sampling of the many ghost towns to be explored. Visit a ghost town and take a step into the past. If the place is haunted, (most of them are), that’s even better.