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America's abandoned towns falling into ruin

Lovemoney Logo Lovemoney | Slide 1 of 45: From the Gold Rush to the shuttered factories of the midwest’s former manufacturing strongholds, many American ghost towns share a similar history despite their varying eras and locations. For some being bypassed by the railroad sealed their fate, for others it was the interstate. These abandoned towns show what happens to the infrastructure that remains when economic decline takes hold and residents move on.  

America's ghost towns

From the Gold Rush to the shuttered factories of the Midwest’s former manufacturing strongholds, many American ghost towns share a similar history despite their varying eras and locations. For some being bypassed by the railroad sealed their fate, for others it was the interstate. 

These abandoned towns show what happens to the infrastructure that remains when economic decline takes hold and residents move on. Click ahead to see them.

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