Exploring 5 Forgotten Ghost Towns in California

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Calico, an abandoned mining town off Route 66, has been repurposed into a major tourist attraction with guided mine tours, restored buildings, and amenities like a saloon and gift shop.

1. Calico

Ballarat, a former mining supply station in the Mojave Desert, became a ghost town after the gold rush; now, its dilapidated buildings and remaining landmarks, such as Charles Manson's old truck and an old graveyard, attract visitors.

2. Ballarat

Restored by private owners, Cerro Gordo is a former silver mining town north of Death Valley, now open for tours and offering a unique look at a ghost town in the process of restoration.

3. Cerro Gordo

Silver City, the only ghost town in California on the National Directory of Haunted Places, offers a glimpse of 19th-century life with about 20 abandoned buildings and the option of a guided tour.

4. Silver City Ghost Town

A remote and eerie ghost town located in Death Valley National Park, once a prosperous silver mining town in the late 1800s, now only accessible by a 7.5-mile hike, featuring the remains of Main Street with its red-light district and saloons.

5. Panamint City