Ghost town

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A ghost town is a completely abandoned or semi-abandoned town or city. A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural or human-caused disasters such as a flood, government action, uncontrolled lawlessness, or war. The term is sometimes used in a sense, including cities, towns, and neighborhoods which, while still populated, are significantly less so than in years past.

Some ghost towns are tourist attractions, Barkerville, British Columbia; Tombstone, Arizona; Jerome, Arizona; Oatman, Arizona; Bannack, Montana; Kolmanskop, Namibia, and Elizabeth Bay, Namibia, among them. This is especially true of those that preserve interesting architecture. Visiting, writing about, and photographing ghost towns is a minor industry.

Some ghost towns may have become overgrown, difficult to access, dangerous, and/or illegal to visit.


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