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4. Bodie Ghost Town, California, USA

Bodie Ghost Town, California ©  Boris Edelmann/Shutterstock

Settled by prospectors lured by the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s, Bodie became a booming mining town of fortune-hungry men, saloon shootouts, and barroom brawls. Its fortune was short-lived, however. By the 1890s, gold strikes elsewhere had drawn the crowds away, causing the population to dwindle. Frozen in time, this ghost town became a National Historical Landmark in the 1960s. Now, tourists, not miners, flock here to walk the deserted streets and admire the town’s arrest decline.


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