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SO, WHAT IS A GHOST TOWN?
"A Ghost Town is a town or community that at one time had a commercial or population center,
and is either wholly abandoned or faded
greatly from its peak, and now is just a shadow of its former self."
All ghost towns can be categorized into five basic classes based on what remains at the site.
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Rubble and/or roofless building ruins
Classic Ghost Town
Completely abandoned town with standing buildings,
some or all with roofs. May also have a caretaker.
Semi/near ghost towns
Will have a small resident population and many abandoned buildings.
Busy historic community
Many historic buildings AND a much reduced population than the boom years.
Not a stand-alone classification, but an addition to any of the above.
It usually designates a restored town, state park, or indicates some other “additional” status.
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