Ghost towns

A ghost town is an abandoned village town or city usually one which contains substantial visible remains. A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed or due to natural or human-caused disasters such as floods. government actions. uncontrolled lawlessness. war or disasters. The term can sometimes refer to cities towns and neighborhoods which are still populated but significantly less so than in years past for example those affected by high levels of unemployment and dereliction. Some ghost towns, especially those that preserve period-specific architecture have become tourist attractions. Some examples are Bannack Montana, Calico California, Tombstone Arizona, Bodie California,  Silver reef Utah and many more listed below.
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Treasure tales from Oklahoma

During the Civil War four barrels of gold coins were captured fromtwo Federal wagons by Confederates during a battle in Kansas. The Confederates were attacked by outlaws in Oklahoma, the gold coins were hid in a cave somewhere around the Blue River,about 5 miles NE of Brown.

Hidden In a cave near Mill Creek in the Arbuckle Mountains, is stolen army payroll, in gold and silver coins.

 Fort Sill Trading Post, an outlaw tossed four bags of gold and silver coins into a well that is now covered. The approximate worth at that time, in 1892, was $100,000.

In 1933 Samuel Stewart buried $5,000 in $20 gold coins in the Hills on his farm near Butler. He concealed the coins in a metal box, in a cave in the hills.

In the 1870 outlaws stole $500,000 worth of gold coins and metal bars in Colorado. While they were being chased by a posse in Oklahoma, somewhere In the area of Clarita, the gang buried the gold in several different places on the side of a small creek that ran from east to west, no more than 5 feet from the water.

Somewhere near the town of Geronimo, in the Wichita Mountains is a treasure of gold bullion worth approximately one million dollars. The treasure was buried by the famous outlaw Jesse James.

Some time in the early 1900s, outlaws robbed a bank in Wichita, and made off with $40,000 in gold coins. In a battle with some Indians, one of the bandits got killed and the horses were stolen. After burying the gold, the only survivor was captured in Marlow. He attempted escape and was badly wounded. he confessed that the gold was hidden south west of Mount Scott.


 By 1915 was nationally known for its oil field. That year the Cushing Fields produced more than 300,000 barrels per day amounting to 17% of total quantity of oil marketing in the U.S. or 30% of the output of high-grade oil. 3,600 wells were drilled in the field. 

The activity was unbelievable. Thirty to forty brick buildings were under construction at one time in downtown Cushing. Special trains from Tulsa brought men and equipment to Cushing then were transported to the oilfield by means of wagons and teams. Men slept everywhere they could on floors of buildings, in the depots and in rented rooms throughout the town. Almost every home rented rooms or had sleeping quarters for the people. Tents were placed everywhere on every vacant lot in town to house men and equipment for horses and teams. 

Cushing's boom was the talk of the country. The real impact of the greatness of the oilfield was not felt until the end of 1915 when there were 710 wells producing 72,000,000 barrels of oil annually. This great oilfield was over a year old before the petroleum trade realized its potential. 

During the period Cushing, Oklahoma was known in oil circles throughout the world. Peak production in 1915 was 49,080,000 barrels of oil.

                             Ghost Town

Slick began as an oil boom town in 1920 and was named for oilman Thomas Slick, who drilled and discovered oil nearby. During the 1920s, the town had an estimated population of five thousand. However, by 1930, the first time the town appeared in the U.S. census, the population was only 422. It has declined until 1950.

There is still a convenience store, church, several homes and a few businesses. 

Visit anytime. The locals are great!
                                    Ghost town     

In 1876, the Standard Company discovered a profitable deposit of gold-bearing ore, which transformed Bodie from an isolated mining camp comprising a few prospectors and company employees to a Wild West boomtown. Rich discoveries in the adjacent Bodie Mine during 1878 attracted even more hopeful people. By 1879, Bodie had a population of approximately 5,000–7,000 people and around 2,000 buildings. One legend says that in 1880, Bodie was California's second or third largest city, but the U.S. Census of that year disproves this. Over the years, Bodie's mines produced gold valued at nearly US$34 million.

Bodie boomed from late 1877 through mid– to late 1880.The first newspaper, The Standard Pioneer Journal of Mono County, published its first edition on October 10, 1877. Starting as a weekly, it soon expanded publication to thrice-weekly. It was also during this time that a telegraph line was built which connected Bodie with Bridgeport and Genoa, Nevada. California and Nevada newspapers predicted Bodie would become the next Comstock Lode. Men from both states were lured to Bodie by the prospect of another bonanza.

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                                  Thistle, UT
                                 Ghost town

The trade route on which Thistle lies was used by Native American tribes before the arrival of European settlers; two Ute chiefs, Taby and Peteetneet, led seasonal migrations through the canyon each spring and fall. The first recorded journey by Europeans to modern Thistle was the Dominguez–Escalante Expedition, which was escorted through the territory by Indian guides. A small group of Utes inhabiting the canyon frequently clashed with newcomers, and as a result, were forcibly relocated in the 1870s
Historical population:

Census Pop.
1880   -  81
1890 - 365 
1900 - 187 
1910 - 409 
1920 - 417 
1930 -  288 
1940 - 318 
1950 - 248 

U.S. Census Bureau

Most of Thistle's residents were railroad employees sent to live in the town, but there were some who had settled before the railroads arrived. The first Europeans were part of the Mormon migration to Utah, and the first of these was the Pace family, who migrated from Nauvoo, Illinois, reaching Thistle in 1848. Fifth-generation descendants of the Pace settlers continued to operate a family-owned cattle ranch until the town was evacuated. Other settlers included Mormons who originally settled elsewhere in Utah but subsequently arrived to work the fertile ground on Billies Mountain, on the north wall of the canyon. Among them was the mountain's presumed namesake, William Johnson. Homesteading was practiced in Thistle until the early 1900s. Until the arrival of the railroads, the town's economy was based mainly on farming and ranching, although there was also some mining activity in the region, including a vein of asphaltum that was mined between 1892 and 1914.

  Silver Reef, Ut 
​Ghost town

The home of Orson B. Adams, where John Kemple stayed in 1866
Silver was discovered in the area in the 1860s. One commonly accepted story is that a prospector named John Kemple came to the area in 1866 from Montana. While staying at the home of Orson B. Adams in the settlement of Harrisburg. Kemple decided to do some prospecting, and soon located a vein of silver a few hundred yards southwest of the home. He did not find enough ore to interest him, so he left for Nevada.

Geologists and other miners refused at first to believe the news that silver had been found in sandstone. When brought an actual sample from the area, the Smithsonian Institution called it an "interesting fake".In 1875, news of the silver discovery reached the Walker brothers, well-known bankers from Salt Lake City. They hired William T. Barbee, who had previously staked mining claims in Ophir, to stake claims on their behalf. He staked 21 claims and published an article on the claims in The Salt Lake Tribune. In the article, Barbee mentioned that the area had "an abundance of rich silver mines". This sets off a silver rush, and by late 1875, Barbee had established a town called Bonanza City. Several businessmen then came into the area, inflating property values. Many miners and businessmen looking for inexpensive land set up a tent city north of Bonanza City and called it "Rockpile". When the mines in nearby Pioche were closed in November 1875, many of the miners and business owners who had worked there came into the area of "Rockpile" in what is known as the "Pioche Silver Stampede", and the name of the settlement was changed to Silver Reef. As construction of the St. George LDS Temple ended in mid-1877, labor opportunities for the workers became available in Silver Reef. Pine Valley Mills and Mount Trumbull in the Arizona Strip supplied most of the lumber used to construct the buildings. During its first year, Silver Reef did not have a smelter; as a result, the silver ore mined in Silver Reef was taken to Pioche and Salt Lake City for smelting.

        La Paz, Arizona     
Ghost town

 Pauline Weaver discovered gold here in January of 1862, starting the Colorado River gold rush.

La Paz grew up in the spring of 1862 along the Colorado River to serve the miners washing placer gold in the La Paz Mining District.

The area produced over 50,000 troy ounces of gold per year at it's peak

This was the county seat from 1864-1870.  It was also the largest town in the territory in 1863 was considered for the Arizona territorial capital.

Today nothing remains of La Paz except a couple of crumbling stone foundations and a historical marker

La Paz, Arizona