The rapid westward expansion helped many US town blossom and thrive all over the country. Be it for their stellar trading or fertile land, tiny townships once boomed across the US — until one day, they didn’t. Whether abandoned because of collapsing industry, illness, or simply because its once vibrant citizens relocated, these communities turned into “ghost towns.”
Perfectly (or near perfectly) preserved remnants of our past can still be found around the nation. You just have to know where to go. According to recent data, there are around 3,800 abandoned towns in America, mostly becoming unpopulated between the 19th and 20th centuries for big city dreams and greener pastures.
However, just because people don’t live there anymore doesn’t mean you cannot experience them. Here are 10 of the best-preserved abandoned towns in the US you can still visit today!