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The eerie American Gold Rush ghost towns you can visit

Love Exploring Logo By Rita Lobo of Love Exploring | Slide 1 of 37: When gold was discovered in California in the 1850s, a frenzy of adventurers headed west seeking their fortunes. Soon thousands of mining towns had appeared all over the the Midwest and West Coast as precious metals were discovered. But the bounty soon ran out and the towns surrounding mines were fast abandoned. Today, some of these little pockets of history survive largely unscathed, albeit deserted, and you can visit these empty Gold Rush towns to explore a long-forgotten way of life.

Gold Rush ghost towns

When gold was discovered in California in the 1850s, a frenzy of adventurers headed west seeking their fortunes. Soon thousands of mining towns had appeared all over the the Midwest and West Coast as precious metals were discovered. But the bounty soon ran out and the towns surrounding mines were fast abandoned. Today, some of these little pockets of history survive largely unscathed, albeit deserted, and you can visit these empty Gold Rush towns to explore a long-forgotten way of life.
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