Popular Places That Are Now Ghost Towns

Do you ever wonder what the world would look like if humans were gone? You don't have to imagine anymore. There are certain places — and some have been fairly well-documented — which show exactly what would happen.[slideshow:101825]

Abandoned places can be ghastly and charming at the same time. They are now dusty, with cracks on the walls, shattered windows, and trees growing inside, but at one time hundreds of residents were living and working there. It's both nostalgic and intriguing.

Exploring the long-untouched places is thrilling. You can learn about the history and feel the story behind the scenes you see. Perhaps this is what attracts people's attention to abandoned spots. It could also be their famous pasts or the challenge of imagining how former residents lived in the middle of the desert without many modern comforts.

Certain towns still have everything they once did — minus the people (unless you believe in ghosts). Run-down, frozen in time, and often hidden, uninhabited buildings and cities continue to fascinate. It doesn't take a very long time for nature to overtake what people had once built and occupied.

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