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Visit These 9 Creepy Ghost Towns In Northern California At Your Own Risk

Northern California has her fair share of ghost towns. While there are still a few left that are empty and barren, around here we believe in recycling. Which means we appreciate the old towns and have fixed many up to be loved and lived in well again.

This area was the go-to spot in the 1800s. In 1848 gold was discovered in Coloma, California. The gold rush lured thousands out to Northern California. Hoping to strike it rich, they panned for gold, hoping and praying it wouldn’t take long. Meanwhile, small towns like Placerville, Bodie, and Auburn among many others, popped up to accommodate these treasure hunters.

Unfortunately, gold is a fickle friend and many were destitute within months, leaving behind their dreams of striking it rich for jobs on the railroad and anywhere else they could find work. Their ghosts still haunt these towns today.

Many of the ghost towns around these parts have little left to photograph: a brick foundation, an old fireplace and some stray beams. We respect the ghosts of a time gone by and love coming across a town on a country drive that’s remained hidden just waiting to be discovered once again.

Are there any ghost towns in your neck of the woods? Share your favorite ones in the comments below!

Joanne Kraft
Joanne is a fourth-generation Northern Californian. She knows good sour dough bread when she tastes it and understands the best parts of the Golden State are nowhere near Los Angeles.