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Ghost Towns Of The World (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 10/18/11 01:24 PM ET   Updated: 12/18/11 05:12 AM ET

It's one thing to share space with a haunted hotel. It's quite another to encounter an entirely abandoned town, perfectly and oddly preserved.

In the new book "Secret Journeys Of A Lifetime," due out Tuesday, National Geographic examines 10 such eerie towns.

The coffee table book details journeys far and wide, breaking down NatGeo's favorite ghost towns that are worth a visit. Some, like Italy's Herculaneum, are more famous than others. But, with this being Halloween month, every spooky town will enjoy this time in the spotlight.

And, if these 10 have your interest piqued, check out "Visiting 10 Of The Most Interesting Abandoned Places On Earth."

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  • St. Elmo, Colorado

    Getting there: <a href="http://st-elmo-colorado.com/" target="_hplink">St. Elmo</a> is in Chaffee County, which sits southwest of Denver. Numerous trails for hiking and off-road driving are easily accessible from town. <em>CORRECTION: A previous version of this slide stated that St. Elmo is in Gunnison National Forest.</em>

  • Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

    Getting there: A 9-mile paved loop road runs through the canyon.

  • Bodie, California

    Getting there: <a href="http://parks.ca.gov/?page_id=509" target="_hplink">Bodie</a> is a California Historic State Park, 7 miles south of the town of Bridgeport.

  • Humberstone & Santa Laura, Atacama Desert, Chile

    Getting there: Humerstone and Santa Laura are close to the town of Pozo Almonte, 30 miles east of Iquique, which is the nearest city with places to stay and an airport.

  • Bhangarh, Rajasthan, India

    Getting there: Bhangarh is 18 miles northeast of Jaipuir. <a href="http://rajasthantourism.gov.in/" target="_hplink">Tours </a>of the haunted city are available.

  • Kayakoy, Anatolia, Turkey

    Getting there: <a href="http://www.gofethiye.com/" target="_hplink">Fethiye</a>, approximately 2.5 miles north of Kayakoy, is the closest town.

  • Herculaneum, Naples, Italy

    Getting there: Herculaneum, 5 miles south of Naples, can be reached from the city by bus or train at the Ercolano station.

  • Belchite, Zaragoza Province, Spain

    Getting there: The remains of the old town are .5 miles from modern Belchite.

  • Kolmanskop, Namibia

    Getting there: The nearby city of Luderitz is a good base for exploring Kolmaskop and other abandoned mining towns in the area.

  • The Pyramid - Soviet mining city on Svalbard, Norway

    Pyramiden is a soviet mining settlement on the Norwegian Svalbard territory. Ghost town on 79 degrees north. Getting there: Stay in Longyearbyen, <a href="svalbard.net" target="_hplink">Svalbard</a>'s largest city, and take a day-long boat trip to Pyramiden. Guided tours are available.

  • Fayette, Michigan

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Geoffrey_Pelkey"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/675650517/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Geoffrey_Pelkey">Geoffrey Pelkey</a>:<br />Fayette was one of the typical 19th century "boom towns." The Jackson Iron Company founded the town in 1867 The site was chosen for the limestone, the small but deep natural harbor, and the immense stands of hardwood on the entire length of the Garden Peninsula. (The hardwood was used to make charcoal, which together with limestone, was essential to the iron smelting process.) By 1891 the hardwood on the peninsula was gone and soft coal was replacing charcoal in the smelting process. It was no longer profitable for the company to run Fayette. The furnaces went cold and the town slowly became deserted.

  • Hancock, Michigan

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/emcd"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/262708-tiny.png?20101115194900" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/emcd">emcd</a>:<br />In the great UP of Michigan, old buinding at the abandoned Quincy Copper Mine museum.

  • Tunisian desert

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jacek_Lerych"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100000307613881/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jacek_Lerych">Jacek Lerych</a>:<br />

  • Tunisian desert city (proprely cropped)

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jacek_Lerych"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100000307613881/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jacek_Lerych">Jacek Lerych</a>:<br />

  • Jerome, Arizona

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/azfooddude"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/azfooddude">azfooddude</a>:<br />The Grand Hotel in Jerome, AZ use to be an insame assylum during the copper mining days.

  • Dogtown, Cape Ann, MA

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Bill_Way"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Bill_Way">Bill Way</a>:<br />After the Revolution, the many widows in the "Common Settlement" (now Gloucester) MA moved inland to avoid piracy and crime, and many got dogs for protection. The last survivors were moved to poorhouses in the early 1800s, leaving just the dogs. All that remains are some "cellar holes" lined with stonework, and these boulders, which were carved in the 1930s.

  • Real Photo Ghost Girl in White

    Taken in Springfield, IL Dec 2009 Girl in white, woman at right, apparitions not visible when taken.

  • Dancing Lady Ghost Apparition

    Cemtery photo from early 2011

  • Bodie, CA

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jen_Gold"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/779496339/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jen_Gold">Jen Gold</a>:<br />Definitely check out Bodie, CA - beautiful abandoned mining town in northern CA

  • Volubolis, Morocco

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Margaret_Reimer"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1238205470/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Margaret_Reimer">Margaret Reimer</a>:<br />Volubolis, Morocco--the farthest south the Roman Empire got, the outpost that supplied fierce beasts for the Games, and that was abandoned after the expansion of Islam into Morocco. Eerie and wonderful, includes some fantastic floor mosaics

  • Goreme Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mikecochran"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mikecochran">Mikecochran</a>:<br />One of many abandoned villages in Cappadocia.

  • Tunisian Ghost Town

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mikecochran"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mikecochran">Mikecochran</a>:<br />One of hundreds of abandoned villages in central Tunisia.

  • Bodie

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/horsegail"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/horsegail">horsegail</a>:<br />An old house in Bodie, Ca

  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/draffi"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/draffi">draffi</a>:<br />

  • Bannack, Montana

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JaredMG"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JaredMG">JaredMG</a>:<br />Bannack, Montana. A ghost town thankfully preserved by Montana's State Park division. Over 50 intact buildings to explore. The gallows still stands, and bullet holes are still in the walls.

  • Mogollon, in the southwest New Mexico

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/rcgauer"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/rcgauer">rcgauer</a>:<br />Part ghost town and part quiet retreat, Mogollon (pronounced "muggy - own") is a historic jewel perched in the Mogollon Mountains of southern Catron County, just north of Grant County and Silver City. Formed as a mining camp and later as a mining community, Mogollon's hills still bear witness to the heavy work of hard-rock mining underground: Mine shafts, rails for mine trains, sluices, abandoned buildings and the ruins of head frames still dot the landscape. Never attempt to enter mine ruins, shafts, buildings or other properties. More at www.silvercityacd.org.

  • Royal Gardens Subdivison, Big Island, Hawaii

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kraig"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/34298-tiny.png?20090908232346" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kraig">kraig</a>:<br />Since 1984 volcanic flow from Kilauea, the world's most active volcano has reclaimed this one populated neighborhood.

  • Centralia, Pennsylvania

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JaredMG"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JaredMG">JaredMG</a>:<br />The site of a coal fire that's been burning underground since the late 1960s, Centralia has fewer than a dozen residents today and has even had its zip code revoked by the postal service.

  • Elizabeth Town, NM

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Nina_Anthony"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1301880638/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Nina_Anthony">Nina Anthony</a>:<br />Old truck pointing the way to Elizabeth Town (aka "E-Town") New Mexico, a once-bustling gold mining town with 7,000 residents. Black Jack Ketchum was supposedly a frequent visitor.

  • Death Valley Junction, California

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kraig"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/34298-tiny.png?20090908232346" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kraig">kraig</a>:<br />This ghost town also houses the Amargosa Opera House, owned by Marta Becket. The hotel next door is claimed to be one of the most haunted hotels in America. It is an old dormitory for miners.

  • Rhyolite, Death Valley

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/draffi"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/draffi">draffi</a>:<br />

  • Uranium City, Saskatchewan

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/idyl"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/idyl">idyl</a>:<br />An abandoned mining town with some 5,000 souls in its heyday (1982).

  • Rhyolite, Nevada

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kraig"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/34298-tiny.png?20090908232346" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kraig">kraig</a>:<br />Rhyolite is a ghost town in Nye County, in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is located in the Bullfrog Hills, about 120 miles (190 km) northwest of Las Vegas, near the eastern edge of Death Valley.

  • Rhyolite, Nevada

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kraig"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/34298-tiny.png?20090908232346" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kraig">kraig</a>:<br />Rhyolite is a ghost town in Nye County, in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is located in the Bullfrog Hills, about 120 miles (190 km) northwest of Las Vegas, near the eastern edge of Death Valley.

  • Two Guns, AZ. USA

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Chris_Shelton"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/27701151/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Chris_Shelton">Chris Shelton</a>:<br />Two Guns AZ is a ghost town with a few remaining buildings. Including one with a skatable pool!

  • Elkhorn Montana

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/galloppinggeezer"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/galloppinggeezer">galloppinggeezer</a>:<br />Elkhorn Montana

  • Oven inside the Meade Hotel Bannack MT

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/galloppinggeezer"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/galloppinggeezer">galloppinggeezer</a>:<br />Oven inside the Meade Hotel Bannack MT

  • Barber Chair Skinner's Bar Bannack MT

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/galloppinggeezer"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/galloppinggeezer">galloppinggeezer</a>:<br />Barber Chair Skinner's Bar Bannack MT

  • Dance & Stuart Virginia City MT

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/galloppinggeezer"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/galloppinggeezer">galloppinggeezer</a>:<br />Dance & Stuart Virginia City MT

  • Ha Ha Tonka Castle, Central Missouri

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Pixeltaker"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Pixeltaker">Pixeltaker</a>:<br />Burned in 1942 along with the castle. Ha Ha Tonka was the name of a near-by lake. The 5,000 acres was originally purchased in 1903 by Robert M. Snyder, a wealthy business man from Kansas City. He planned to use it as a retreat from the rigors of the business life. In 1905 he was tragically killed in one of Missouri's first automobile accidents. His sons completed the castle. More tragedy struck between 1905 and 1942.

  • Encino, New Mexico

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Alex_Matzke"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/google_profile_img/2292985.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Alex_Matzke">Alex Matzke</a>:<br />An abandoned house in Encino, New Mexico.

  • Garnet Ghost Town

    Garnet, Montana

  • Uranium City, Saskatchewan 2011

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ian_brewster_photography"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ian_brewster_photography">ian brewster photography</a>:<br />Uranium City, August 2011 - thirty years after the mines closed

  • Medicine Mound, Texas

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robin_Cole_Jett"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robin_Cole_Jett">Robin Cole Jett</a>:<br />Named after the four hills that served as places for Comanche vision quests.

  • Nevadaville, Colorado

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Phillip_Barber"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1413395040/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Phillip_Barber">Phillip Barber</a>:<br />Old ghost town very close to Central City, CO

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