Ghost Towns Map

Looking for ghost towns, historic sites, archaeological sites, and other abandoned places? This Ghost towns map can be a valuable resource for anyone who is interested in exploring the past. This map shows the location of known ghost towns all over the world, and provide information about the history of each town when available.

Much like our other maps, this information is crowd-sourced, so please feel free to contribute your knowledge. Help us out and Submit a place to the map!


Ghost towns are a fascinating glimpse into the past. They are a reminder of a time when people lived in different ways than they do today. There are many reasons why towns become ghost towns. Some towns are abandoned due to economic problems, while others are abandoned due to natural disasters. Some towns are even abandoned because they were intentionally flooded when a dam was built.

Here are some tips for exploring ghost towns:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and take safety precautions. Ghost towns can be dangerous, so it is important to be aware of your surroundings and take safety precautions.
  • Do not trespass on private property. Many ghost towns are located on private property, so it is important to get permission before you explore.
  • Respect the history of the place. Ghost towns are often places of historical significance, so it is important to respect the history of the place and leave no trace.
  • By following these tips, you can safely and respectfully explore ghost towns.

Here are some additional tips for finding ghost towns:

  • Look for abandoned buildings and infrastructure. Ghost towns often have abandoned buildings and infrastructure, such as old houses, businesses, and railroads.
  • Check with local historical societies. Local historical societies often have information about ghost towns in the area.

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Comments

  1. interesting. keep up the good work. Comment: Old Chicago (Bolingbrook, IL) was an amusement park not a town

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  2. Edward, Thanks for your comment. The map has only one layer at this time (that will be changing) and shows both abandoned settlements and places, including abandoned theme parks.

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  3. Here's another one for the list: New Birmingham, TX (31.777152, -95.120225). It lasted only a few years in the late 1800s. There's a Wikipedia article and likely other Google search matches out there about it. It was even around long enough to have had a small cemetery, which is listed on Find A Grave. The state Historical Marker at the site along US 69 south of Rusk is also listed online: https://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/Details/5073006774

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    1. John D, Thanks for the info! New Birmingham has been added to the map.

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  4. I can't find anything on Tedens, IL as to how big it was, how long it lasted, and when it existed.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. I have not either, outside of that it was a station stop on the Santa Fe Railway at that location. There does not appear to be any ruins nearby of any town, however geographical changes can hide where villages once were, a great example of this is Torino, IL, about 30 miles south of where Tedens was.

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  5. The settlement or village of Petersburg was in Kankakee county at the corner of E 10500N Rd. and N 16000E Rd. 41* 16' 27.78" and
    87* 34' 06.16". The settlement or village was very small. St. Paul's Lutheran church, the only existing original structure, is south of the corner. There was a blacksmith and a creamery. I believe that the creamery was turned into a house and was torn down about 2009.

    Curtis Nevel

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    1. Curtis,
      Thanks for your help! We have added the settlement to the map!

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  6. You had listed Redmond, near Slippery Rock added, what is its story, as to why was it abandoned, also it was a railroad station that linked to Leesburg Station junction, so more correctly Redmond might have been a station instead of a ghost town.

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  7. Amazing website. I've been looking for a resource like this for years. I'm like a kid in a candy store. I love following old railway lines in Google Earth VR, and this website has just provided me with hours and hours of free fun.

    I'll be emailing you soon about 2 abandoned lines east of Ottawa Canada that aren't on this map for you to add.

    Thanks for your work on this.

    Tim

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  8. New Salem Illinois was not like haunted just when the bigger better town of petersburg was built nearby the towns people moved their and also it is now technically open you walk through all the building and there are reenactors who tell you the history of the town

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