Forgotten Landscapes: Exploring Hauntingly Beautiful Ghost Towns

By Jack Ripley | March 12, 2024

Pyramiden, Svalbard, Norway

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One of the more fascinating ghost towns on this list is located in Svalbard, a group of Arctic islands in Norway which were isolated enough to be officially recognized as 'no man's land' until 1920. Pyramiden was founded and named by Swedes before being taken over by a Russian coal mining company during the Soviet Union. At the height of production almost 2,000 workers lived in the harsh environment, surrounded by frozen water for more than half the year.  The fall of the Soviet Union was the beginning of the end for Pyramiden. After years of free market struggles and terrible accidents, the town was eventually abandoned. 

Bodie, California

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If you are a ghost town enthusiast, California is your playground. Thanks to the boom and bust of the Gold Rush years, the state has countless abandoned communities to explore. The height of Bodie's activity lasted less than a decade, but during that time almost 10,000 residents were busy producing 38 million dollars in gold. It was well known for saloons and brothels, and vigilante justice was common. Bodie's fate was sealed when the Gold Rush years ended, but it has new life as a popular National Park destination.