6 Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities of North America

(Image: Nick Brooks, cc-nc-sa-3.0; See blog – Sand & Dust)

Our exploration of ghost towns and abandoned cities of the world has taken us to a diverse group of settlements deserted for a variety of reasons, from war and conflict to crime and failing economies.  North America delivers further fascinating abandoned places, from familiar former mining towns and a city consumed by a modern day volcano, to an underground mine fire and a community usurped through localised environmental catastrophe.

Times Beach, Missouri, USA

(Image: Google Earth)

Founded in 1925, Times Beach, Missouri was evacuated less than 60 years later when it became the scene of the worst civilian exposure to dioxin in the United States.  Plagued by dust problems, the city of Times Beach employed a local contractor to spray waste oil on unpaved roads to reduce dust levels.  Unbeknownst to them, some of the waste came from a facility producing Agent Orange for the Vietnam War and contained high levels of the toxic environmental pollutant dioxin.  Panic gripped the town by 1982 with illness and animal deaths attributed to the toxin.  The disaster was exacerbated by major flooding the same year, and the town was evacuated in 1985.  The site of Times Beach is now Route 66 State Park.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603984957 Vincent Martin

    very interesting site, just found out about it through detroiturbex…

    in this category you might also wan’t to had some cities from Québec Canda
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ghost_towns_in_Quebec
    Saint-Jean-Vianney : there was a big landslide that lead to the closing of the town
    and Val-Jalbert is now a tourist attraction with lots of history

  • Buckkiller2476

    I’m going to take a vacation in every abandoned town starting with Cenralai Pennsilvania really soon. I might not come back.

  • Buckkiller2476

    I’m going to take a vacation in every abandoned town starting with Cenralai Pennsilvania really soon. I might not come back.

  • AWWWEsome

    I feel going to a ghost town and just living there

  • Dafb00

    the picture of the drive-in theatre is/was NOT in Centralia, but in a town called Deer Lake that is approx 20 milers south of Centralia.  Someone needs to do better research prior to posting pics!!!

  • Dafb00

    The picture of the building with playground equipment WAS the concession stand at The Deer Lake Drive-in, which was located on RT 61 in Deer Lake PA…NOT CENTRALIA, PA.  It has been leveled and at one point, the property owners attempted to auction off the drive in sign, but there were no takers. 

  • ronaldo sapam

    Its really freaky

  • DOCTOR_NlCK

    Hi Everybody!

  • TimGolden

    bro(t)her! are you G-D’S
    friend or foe

  • TimGolden

    bro(t)her! do your best to(o)
    be pro-woman and pro-girl power
    G-D is!

  • TimGolden

    bro(t)her! never be afraid to(o)
    deliver G-D’S Mail

  • TimGolden

    2004 Federal Sentencing Guidelines Require Employers to Periodically Train All Employees on Workplace Ethics
    (google it! bing it! aol it! ask it! yahoo it! duck duck go it! dogpile it!)
    p.s.
    Q: who is to blame (for the most recent NFL scandal)?
    A: man y people (he/she/they)
    Q: are players to blame?
    A: si!
    Q: are coaches to blame?
    A: oui!
    Q: is the commissioner to blame?
    A: jee!
    Q: are owners to blame?
    A: hai!
    Q: are district attorneys to blame?
    A: ja!
    Q: is G-D to blame?
    A: nyet!

  • TimGolden

    to all U.S. legislators,
    if you want (desire) to help millions of girls and women
    now and in the future
    then make law!
    Lily’s Law: 21 to buy laxatives; keep laxatives behind counter
    so(w!) THAT
    kids don’t steal laxatives!
    laxatives are addictive and do cause serious internal injuries
    p.s.
    to all U.S. legislators,
    don’t tell us THAT (you are pro-woman and pro-girl power)
    if you are unwilling to show us THAT
    p.p.s.
    ‘tell and show’
    p.p.p.s.
    to all U.S. legislators,
    if you tell us THAT (you are pro-woman and pro-girl power)
    then show us THAT
    (by you doing your best to(o) make Lily’s Law law)

  • TimGolden

    U.S. Department of Justice,
    while you were sleeping I went fishing
    on G-D’S web
    look at what I caught and reeled in:
    NYS WCB commissioner bios
    (google it! ask it! aol it! yahoo it! bing it! info it! duck duck go it!)
    eat! eat!
    p.s.
    U.S. Department of Justice,
    when you delivered the FDNY the news “hire! all people
    (not just friends and family)”
    did you (DOJ) go down the FDNY’s chimney? or
    did you (DOJ) kick the FDNY’s door down?

  • TimGolden

    U.S. Department of Justice,
    while you were sleeping I went fishing
    on G-D’S web
    look at what I caught and reeled in:
    NYS WCB 2001 Annual Report
    NYS WCB 2006 Annual Report
    eat! eat!
    U.S. Department of Justice,
    how many Indian-American women and men do you see in reports?
    how many African-American women and men do you see in reports?
    how many Asian-American women and men do you see in reports?
    how many Latin-American women and men do you see in reports?
    how many Native-American women and men do you see in reports?
    how many Middle Eastern-American women and men do you see in reports?
    p.s.
    someone call the cops!
    (someone call the EEOC!)

  • TimGolden

    Q: bro(t)her! who really is to blame (for every single scandal)?
    A: bro(t)her! are not the complacent complicit?

  • TimGolden

    bro(t)her! I do don’t you
    want (desire) to ‘see and hear':
    1) a Chinese pope right wrongs for G-D!
    2) a Jewish US president right wrongs for G-D!

  • TimGolden

    bro(t)her! let’s pray (yea!)
    for the EEOC and OSHA to(o)
    go global!

  • TimGolden

    83 years ago Jackie Mitchell struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
    (back to back)
    Q: how was Jackie Mitchell rewarded?
    A: A few days after Mitchell struck out Ruth and Gehrig, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis voided her contract and declared women unfit to play baseball as the game was “too strenuous.”
    p.s.
    83 years after Jackie Mitchell struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
    (back to back)
    I pitched (not a baseball) a law
    (Lily’s Law: 21 to buy laxatives; keep laxatives behind counter
    so(w!) THAT
    kids don’t steal laxatives!
    laxatives are addictive and do cause serious internal injuries)
    to legislators
    (those men and women who can help (hit a homerun for) millions of girls who are battling eating disorders)
    p.p.s.
    I pitched Lily’s Law to Legislator Denenberg 11 months ago;
    he/she/they never wrote ‘me back’
    I pitched Lily’s Law to the Department of Justice 9 months ago;
    he/she/they never wrote ‘me back’
    I pitched Lily’s Law to NYS attorney general 9 months ago;
    he/she/they never wrote ‘me back’
    I pitched Lily’s Law to US senator Gillibrand 7 months ago;
    he/she/they never wrote ‘me back’
    I pitched Lily’s Law to Nassau County Executive Mangano 7 months ago;
    he/she/they never wrote ‘me back’
    if no one (he/she/they) wrote ‘me back’
    then no one hit a homerun for girls!
    p.p.p.s
    if I pitched Lily’s Law to you two too (NYS governor and NYS senate)
    do you think you would hit a homerun for girls!
    or
    would you strike out?
    p.p.p.p.s.
    Q: how can journalists and reporters and newspapers hit homeruns
    for girls!?
    A: help girls! by raising awareness and by holding legislators accountable!
    ask everyone I wrote to (pitched Lily’s Law to):
    if you tell us THAT (you are pro-woman and pro-girl power)
    then why did you not show us THAT (hit a homerun for girls!)
    when Timothy J Golden pitched Lily’s Law to you?
    p.p.p.p.p.s.
    don’t tell anyone but 3 months ago while everyone was sleeping
    I pitched Lily’s Law to:
    1) Congressman Pete King
    2) US senator Schumer

  • TimGolden

    U.S. Department of Justice,
    while you were sleeping I went fishing
    on G-D’S web
    look at what I caught and reeled in:
    the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    eat! eat!
    p.s.
    Q: is not spying on a creator (peeking at a writer’s, righter’s, artist’s, intellectual’s and/or inventor’s work) stealing?
    Q: can’t those who spy retire and remember and take (what he/she has stolen) and sell those ideas not yet published (seen and/or patented)
    Q: what is intellectual property theft?
    Q: what is trade secret theft?
    p.p.s.
    U.S­. Department of Justice,
    after you are done ‘eating and digesting’ (t)HIS ‘good’ food
    go to work!

  • TimGolden

    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) fame nor to(o) fortune
    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) power nor to(o) praise
    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) booze nor to(o) (Imelda’s silver) shoes
    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) pills nor to(o) terrestrial thrills
    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) the sun nor to(o) a teeny tiny gun
    p.s.
    bro(t)her! these terrestrial things are your doll’s dolls
    p.p.s.
    Q: bro(t)her! what’s your doll?
    A: “that man!”s skin you (wee spirit) are in
    p.p.p.s.
    bro(t)her! cling to G-D

  • TimGolden

    G-D’S Two Part Plan for man (nunc)
    part I stop sinning (behave!)(stop being a dumb-he!)
    part II start saving (act!)(start being a smart-he!)
    G-D’S Two Part Plan for man (tunc)
    part I cease to do evil
    part II learn to do well
    p.s.
    ho ho ho
    p.p.s.
    bro(t)her! G-D knows who’s naughty and who’s nice

  • TimGolden

    bro(t)her! don’t hate cavemen; help G-D to(o) educate cavemen

 
 
 
 
 
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