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Ghost Towns

Most visitors coming to California head to the beaches, Disneyland, and Hollywood, but for some, something a little different is on the cards. One of those things may be visits to California’s various ghost towns. These towns are scattered all over the state and are places which have been abandoned and are no longer in use; they are mere skeletons of once very alive towns. Here are names of just a handful of the ghost towns which you can find in California.

Bodie

East of the Sierra Nevada, you can find the town of Bodie, which is considered to be a state historic park as well as a National Historic Landmark. Initially a small mining town, upon the discovery of profitable amounts of gold, the town grew to host a population of up to 8,000 people. Through most of the 20th century, people continued to live in Bodie; now, it is considered a ghost town. Visitors can take a walk though the town and step back in time to when thousands inhabited the area. The houses have not been changed, and many look like the owners literally packed up and left for some eerie reason.

Agua Fria

Found three miles west of Mariposa, Agua Fria (Cold Water in Spanish) is another ex-small mining town which grew in population rapidly after the discovery of gold nearby. Once the county seat of Mariposa County, Agua Fria is now little more than a peaceful meadow. It is worth going there to really see the change of a town where an eye-witness once described the miners as being "camped in every direction for five miles from the common center . . . in tents and huts of every description."

Calico

Head to the Mojave Desert to see Calico, a once silver mining town. In its hay day, there were 22 salons in the town; now it is a really great way to spend a day. Some of the buildings are refurbished, some reconstructed and some have been created solely for tourism, and there are craft shops, places to eat and gift shops also. The name of the town is carved onto the Calico Mountains behind the ghost town, and the house of the last original inhabitant of the town before it was abandoned, Mrs. Lucy Bell Lane, is now the main museum. Take care when visiting this town, as some believe it to be haunted by the miners that once lived there…

Try something really different on your trip to California, by really stepping back in time to one of these ghost towns.

Comments

I think that some gost towns are scary and some can be very dangerous.
- by Gardenia
personally, I want to find a ghost town that I could transform so I could live there, and create a new community. there will be the appropriate energy, OF COURSE.
- by Angel
I personally think that it a very sad Ghost Town, especialy Bodie,CA. It just look so lovely and very sad
- by Rainnie
I feel that Bodie is one of the best examples of a Gold Rush era ghost town and the people who keep it up are doing a great job!
- by Grizzbar
Are there real ghost in some ghost towns.
- by Kelsey Quesenberry
WHY IS RAWHIDE NEVADA NOT LISTED?
IT IS ON "GOOGLE"! MY DAD TOOK OUR
FAMILY THERE ABOUT 40 PLUS YEARS AGO.
IT IS APPROX 35-45 MILES EAST OF HAWTHORNE, NEVADA. WAS NOT MUCH THERE THEN AND ALL THAT THERE NOW IS
A MEMORY!
- by DANNY BRECH
i love calico its soo fun and beauitful i really think people should go there and enjoy the beauity....
- by ashley
why are they called ghost towns
- by sophia
they are called ghost towns because no one has lived there for years and years ago. they are sooooooo cool to learn about!!
- by lilly
I think that all Ghost towns are very interesting to do some research about all Ghost Towns and to understand what the ghosts are trying to tell us in the old west a log time ago from wendy sells
- by Wendy Sells
We so enjoyed our visit to Bodie. Rangers gave great talks, museum is very informative, and buildings are kept from further deteriotion.
- by Jean
I lived in Yermo, CA in 1960 and used to walk to Calico. I lived there for a year and I can tell you it was one of the best years of my young life. I spent many weekends at Calico...I loved the history of Calico even though I was only 10 years old. It is totally different there now having been "rebuilt". I was there in 1994 and did not recognize it. But still was fun and brought back good memories. Normally, one had to pay to walk thru the old mine however, being a very small skinny child my sister and I used to crawl through the turnstyle at the end of the mine and spend many hours inside! It was fun! I love Ghost Towns!
- by Marlene
im scared, and i never get scared
- by Ava
i will try to help bodie.i will try to get somegold
- by alayjah
I have been to many ghost towns but I would say Bodie and Calico are two of my favorites.
- by Nancy
As a frenchman, I can tell you that I was very impressed by my visit at Bodie. I wish I could live there in the nineteen century with all the people and see how they lived. Bravo fot those who keep Bodie alive and so interesting!
- by Albert
Bodie goast town, I remember when my father took the family there in 1962. It was still owned by the Bodie family. Few years later, the state took it over and started to add buildings and add old stuff. The mines are full of water, that is what closed the town. They say that a good portion of gold is still in the ground. At that time it was a good trip. Drove on a washboard road from main highway to town. Had a wonderful time.
- by James k.
Bodie goast town, I remember when my father took the family there in 1962. It was still owned by the Bodie family. Few years later, the state took it over and started to add buildings and add old stuff. The mines are full of water, that is what closed the town. They say that a good portion of gold is still in the ground. At that time it was a good trip. Drove on a washboard road from main highway to town. Had a wonderful time.
- by James k.
We have been to Bodie on two occasions,amazing to see how they lived back then, and how difficult it must have been to get supplies into the Town.
- by Con S
IS CALICO GHOST TOWN STILL OPEN FOR TOURS - I WAS THERE WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL AND WOULD LOVE TO SHOW MY GRAND CHILDREN .
- by MARY
I loved the whore houses.
- by Gonar
please send me some contact numbers for some ghost town book writers or researchers i have a peace of history they might be interested in seeing and knowing about thankyou john clark 3800 bayshore blvd. #24 Brisbane, ca 94005 4154676433
- by clark24@netzero.net
Bodie IS Amazing The Water Is Ice Cold and Still A lot Of Buildings
- by Anthony Schoenduby
Bodie IS Amazing The Water Is Ice Cold and Still A lot Of Buildings
- by Anthony Schoenduby
In october on our drive home to Indiana,we stopped at calico ghost town. My family loved it. Very beautiful scenery. They want to go again next month when we return.
- by Elizabeth walker
with all of the ghost towns are so very scary at nights onlybut in the mornings they are great to see. from wendy sells
- by Wendy Sells
Danny Breach: Nevada is not in the state of California, sorry. That is why it is not listed on the Travel California website. hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha ha!
- by Capt. Obvious
Danny Breach: Nevada is not in the state of California, sorry. That is why it is not listed on the Travel California website. hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha ha!
- by Capt. Obvious
with all of the Ghost Towns are great to try and learn something about Ghost Towns it would be like walking throw Ghost Towns to learn the history about all of the Ghost Towns and go throw the grocry store and find out how old is all of the Ghost Towns history and the legend of the Ghost Towns. from Wendy Sells
- by Wendy Sells
Calico has a great cemetery.
- by Just me

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