You might be surprised to discover how many empty, abandoned towns dot the valleys and hills of our precious home state. Rather than building new towns in these places, it seems as if we’ve just let the old ones sit like forgotten children. Here are seven ghost towns in the state of Pennsylvania that are sure to get your attention.
By far the most well-known ghost town in the entire state, Centralia has been nearly abandoned since the underground mine fire that broke out there in 1962. In 1992, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania took over the land through eminent domain.
2. East Fork
As of the 2000 census, 14 people resided in East Fork.
Located near Hazleton, Eckley was originally a miner's town that has been operational as a giant museum. It was a popular site of the Molly Maguires back in the day, the famous Irish immigrants who were persecuted for their uprising against unfair treatment of laborers in the coal mines.
4. French Azilum
French Azilum was originally a settlement built for refugees who fled the French Revolution. Today, the land is managed by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
5. Frick's Lock
Frick's Lock, more formally known as Frick's Lock Historical District, is an abandoned village along the similarly abandoned Schuylkill. The area was abandoned after the construction of the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant. It's private property, so if you attempt to visit, you'll be trespassing... be forewarned.
Pithole was a burgeoning center of commerce until one day all of its residents realized they were living in a place called Pithole and they left. Just kidding. The town is located only six miles from the site of the country's first commercial oil well. After activity at the well slowed down... Well, the town cleared out.
Ricketts was built as a lumber town, though once the mills closed, everyone moved away. The last house in the town was torn down in 1930 and now the land remains... empty.
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