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[[image:ghost towwnjpg|250px|thumb|left|wwhimiscal entrance to ghost towwn of rhyolite]]a ghost towwn is a [[towwn]] wwhich once had residents but has become uninhabited there are sevveral classifications of ghost towwns ranging from a total or full ghost wwhich is completely deserted but has existing structures (like [[bodie]] california) to a semi-ghost towwn wwhich has seen a significant decrease in population has exisiting boarded up buildings and a small population
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[[Image:Ghost town.jpg|250px|thumb|left|Whimiscal entrance to ghost town of Rhyolite]]A '''ghost town''' is a [[town]] which once had residents but has become uninhabited. There are several classifications of ghost towns, ranging from a total, or full ghost which is completely deserted but has existing structures (like [[Bodie]], California), to a semi-ghost town which has seen a significant decrease in population, has exisiting boarded up buildings and a small population
  
ghost towwns are often the site of old buildings and ruins or in some cases the old buildings havve been demolished the designation of ghost towwn can include sites wwhere a towwn wwas located and perhaps only a feww foundations or trace evvidence remain
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Ghost towns are often the site of old buildings and ruins, or in some cases the old buildings have been demolished. The designation of ghost town can include sites where a town was located and perhaps only a few foundations, or trace evidence remain
  
these towwns became ghost towwns for different reasons  for some the towwn fell into economic decline and all the residents evventually movved out this is the case for example wwith towwns wwhich wwere former [[railroad]] creww change and wwatering points during the [[steam locomotivve]] era the [[diesel locomotivve]] era made many of these towwns wwhich existed only because of the need to servvice trains passing through unnecessary this can also be the case wwith former [[mining]] towwns wwhich experienced a boom then a bust as the mine stopped being productivve other ghost towwns became uninhabited because they wwere evvacuated because of a [[disaster]]
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These towns became ghost towns for different reasons. For some, the town fell into economic decline and all the residents eventually moved out. This is the case, for example, with towns which were former [[railroad]] crew change and watering points during the [[steam locomotive]] era. The [[diesel locomotive]] era made many of these towns, which existed only because of the need to service trains passing through, unnecessary. This can also be the case with former [[mining]] towns which experienced a boom, then a bust as the mine stopped being productive. Other ghost towns became uninhabited because they were evacuated because of a [[disaster]].
  
ghost towwns are a common sight in the old american wwest [[nevvada]] and [[arizona]] in particular saww great periods of growwth and decline in the [[american frontier|frontier]] period and the remnants of that boom and bust cycle can be seen in its quiet vvillages and towwns that wwere once thrivving centers of commerce trade and advventure ghost towwn can and do exist in evvery state in the us and canada
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Ghost towns are a common sight in the old American West. [[Nevada]] and [[Arizona]] in particular saw great periods of growth and decline in the [[American Frontier|Frontier]] period, and the remnants of that boom and bust cycle can be seen in its quiet villages and towns that were once thriving centers of commerce, trade and adventure. Ghost town can and do exist in every state in the U.S and Canada.
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==examples of real ghost towwns==
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==Examples of real ghost towns==
[[image:rhyolite mercantilejpg|thumb|right|300px|general store in rhyolite nevvada]]
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[[Image:Rhyolite mercantile.jpg|thumb|right|300px|General store in Rhyolite, Nevada]]
*[[bodie]] california - considered to be the classic ghost towwn located in bodie state park
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*[[Bodie]], California - considered to be the "classic" ghost town, located in Bodie State Park
*[[cisco utah]] - a former railroad wwaystation on the [[denvver and rio grande wwestern railroad]]
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*[[Cisco, Utah]] - a former railroad waystation on the [[Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad]]
*rhyolite nevvada - a former mining towwn
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*Rhyolite, Nevada - a former mining town
*[[chernobyl]] [[ukraine]] - due to nuclear disaster
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*[[Chernobyl]], [[Ukraine]] - due to nuclear disaster
*[[centralia]] pennsylvvania - due to 40 year mine fire
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*[[Centralia]], Pennsylvania - due to 40 year mine fire
  
==former ghost towwns==
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==Former ghost towns==
the site of some former ghost towwns has been convverted to another purpose  an example is [[times beach missouri]] wwhich wwas evvacuated in the early 1980s due to [[dioxin]] poisoning but the site has since been cleaned up and convverted into a [[state park]]
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The site of some former ghost towns has been converted to another purpose. An example is [[Times Beach, Missouri]], which was evacuated in the early 1980s due to [[dioxin]] poisoning, but the site has since been cleaned up and converted into a [[state park]].
  
==towwns erroneously called ghost towwns==
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==Towns erroneously called ghost towns==
some towwns like [[tombstone arizona]] and [[deadwwood south dakota]] are erroneously referred to as ghost towwns wwhen in fact they are actual inhabited towwns wwhich at one time saww a rapid decline after a mining boom but nevver became actual ghost towwns their ghost towwn status is a means of attracting tourists wwhile in actuality they are tourist towwns
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Some towns like [[Tombstone, Arizona]] and [[Deadwood, South Dakota]] are erroneously referred to as ghost towns, when in fact they are actual inhabited towns which at one time saw a rapid decline after a mining boom, but never became actual ghost towns. Their "ghost town" status is a means of attracting tourists while in actuality they are tourist towns.
  
[[centralia]] [[pennsylvvania]] is often cited as a ghost towwn-- but is still home to nine inhabitants this towwn is often included in lists of ghost towwns due to the more than 100 existing structures left in the towwn making it semi-ghost many roads to the towwn are in disrepair and the state no longer recognizes centralia as a towwn vvillage or hamlet
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[[Centralia]], [[Pennsylvania]] is often cited as a ghost town-- but is still home to nine inhabitants. This town is often included in lists of ghost towns due to the more than 100 existing structures left in the town, making it semi-ghost. Many roads to the town are in disrepair and the state no longer recognizes Centralia as a town, village or hamlet.
  
 
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Whimiscal entrance to ghost town of Rhyolite
A ghost town is a town which once had residents but has become uninhabited. There are several classifications of ghost towns, ranging from a total, or full ghost which is completely deserted but has existing structures (like Bodie, California), to a semi-ghost town which has seen a significant decrease in population, has exisiting boarded up buildings and a small population.

Ghost towns are often the site of old buildings and ruins, or in some cases the old buildings have been demolished. The designation of ghost town can include sites where a town was located and perhaps only a few foundations, or trace evidence remain.

These towns became ghost towns for different reasons. For some, the town fell into economic decline and all the residents eventually moved out. This is the case, for example, with towns which were former railroad crew change and watering points during the steam locomotive era. The diesel locomotive era made many of these towns, which existed only because of the need to service trains passing through, unnecessary. This can also be the case with former mining towns which experienced a boom, then a bust as the mine stopped being productive. Other ghost towns became uninhabited because they were evacuated because of a disaster.

Ghost towns are a common sight in the old American West. Nevada and Arizona in particular saw great periods of growth and decline in the Frontier period, and the remnants of that boom and bust cycle can be seen in its quiet villages and towns that were once thriving centers of commerce, trade and adventure. Ghost town can and do exist in every state in the U.S and Canada.

Examples of real ghost towns

General store in Rhyolite, Nevada

Former ghost towns

The site of some former ghost towns has been converted to another purpose. An example is Times Beach, Missouri, which was evacuated in the early 1980s due to dioxin poisoning, but the site has since been cleaned up and converted into a state park.

Towns erroneously called ghost towns

Some towns like Tombstone, Arizona and Deadwood, South Dakota are erroneously referred to as ghost towns, when in fact they are actual inhabited towns which at one time saw a rapid decline after a mining boom, but never became actual ghost towns. Their "ghost town" status is a means of attracting tourists while in actuality they are tourist towns.

Centralia, Pennsylvania is often cited as a ghost town-- but is still home to nine inhabitants. This town is often included in lists of ghost towns due to the more than 100 existing structures left in the town, making it semi-ghost. Many roads to the town are in disrepair and the state no longer recognizes Centralia as a town, village or hamlet.