CA Ghost Towns

Hi! My name is Galina. I live in Bay Area, California. My hobby is travelling around the state and discovering ghost towns.

Oct 19, 2017

Kent Ranch

I passed these barns several times on my way for Fort Brag to San Francisco and always was certain this was a private property. But one I finally stopped and...

Oct 13, 2017

Genoa

Genoa is listed online as the ghost town. But it is pretty much alive. Founded in 1851, it was the first settlement in what became the Nevada Territory. Located within...

Oct 11, 2017

Fort Churchill

This is not an ordinary ghost town, as it was never a “town” - it was a military base. Built in 1861 to provide protection for early settlers and guard...

Oct 11, 2017

Dayton

Our next stop in Nevada was Dayton. Not a real ghost town, as it has a population of over 8000 and is locater straight on the highway. But the old...

Oct 9, 2017

Silver city

On your way from Virginia city to Dayton there is the third “semi-ghost” town of the same mining district - Silver City. Settled in 1859, the population in 1861 was...

Oct 8, 2017

Gold Hill

On your way to Virginia city you would pass a small town - Gold Hill. This place is worth a visit. This mining camp got its start at about the...

Oct 6, 2017

Virginia City

Virginia City was the first “ghost town” I visited in Nevada. I was there twice - in 2015 and in 2017. This post will contain photos from both trips. Don’t...

Oct 6, 2017

Trona

Yes, technically Trone is not a ghost town. It had almost 2000 population in 2015. But for every inhabited house in the town there are 1 or 2 abandoned. This...

Oct 6, 2017

Calico

This was a bit of a disappointment, because the beautiful ghost town was turned into the tourist attraction with all the “typical attributes of the wild west 1 century town”....

Oct 4, 2017

Masonic: Chemung Mine

We planned to get the whole way to Masonic, but my 2WD with low clearance was not able to get through the dirt road and we had to stop 3-4...

Oct 4, 2017

Cerro Gordo

You definitely should visit this hidden ghost town if you happen to be in Keeler, as this is one of the most authentic mining ghost towns you can find now....

Oct 3, 2017

Manzanar

Manzanar was extablished in 1941 as an internment camp for Japaneese Americand during WWII. It grew almost overnight from 0 to 10,000 residents. I can only imagine what these people...

Oct 1, 2017

Keeler

Keeler, formerly known as Hawley is a census-designated place in Inyo County, California, United States. Keeler is located on the east shore of Owens Lake. Current populations - 66 people,...

Oct 1, 2017

Bodie

This was my first trip to Bodie - November 2015. I was stunned by this well preserved ghost town in the middle of nowhere. This ghost town has it’s own...

Sep 29, 2017

Ballarat

A lot of people online write that there is not not much left to see, so I didn’t have high expectations when I planned my trip to Ballarat. But it...

Sep 28, 2017

Saltdale

This is one more small unincorporated town we visited during our Randsburg Mining District trip. Saltdale is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California. It is located near Koehn Lake...

Sep 27, 2017

Bodie in B&W

Every time I visit Bodie I am fascinated by this quiet sleeping town. Stayed there almost all day on May 28 2017. This time I felt like black & white...

Sep 27, 2017

Garlock

Garlock is a unincorporated community in Kern County, California. It is located 6.25 miles east-southeast of Saltdale, at an elevation of 2169 feet. A post office operated at Garlock from...

Sep 26, 2017

Randsburg

“Boys, we need not look any further, we have struck it rich.” Mr. Mooers, one of the founders I am planning to cover the history and current state of the...

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