Abandoned places hold a certain fascination for us. They give us clues about the history of a place, and also remind us that nothing is permanent. Some abandoned places are supposedly haunted; others simply have an eerie quality. These 15 abandoned places in the United States are all creepy in their own way. Check them out!
1. Bannack Ghost Town, Montana
A gold rush in 1862 built Bannack. At one point, it had 10,000 residents, three hotels, four saloons, a grocery store, restaurant and billiard hall. By the 1970s it was a ghost town.
2. Chemung Mine, Masonic California
The Chemung Mine opened in 1909, but was suffering decline by the 1920s. It’s located near Masonic.
3. Palace Theater, Indiana
This theater in Gary opened in 1925, but shut down in 1972. Attempts to restore it over the years have also been abandoned.
4. Asbury Park Casino And Carousel House, New Jersey
Asbury Park was once as popular as Atlantic City, but this casino and carousel house became abandoned in the 1980s.
5. Abandoned Railway, Montana
This abandoned railway sits near Nevada City, as if waiting for passengers to climb aboard.
6. Railroad Station, Indiana
The ornate railroad station in Gary is vacant, wind whistling through its broken windows.
7. Abandoned GM Buses, California
These abandoned GM buses sit in a lot in Williams, their useful days behind them.
8. City Methodist Church, Indiana
Built in 1927, this large Methodist Church in Gary once housed a congregation of 3,000. Now abandoned, this haunting structure is the most photographed church in the state.
9. Crystal Mill, Colorado
This abandoned mill, built in 1892, is still quite picturesque.
10. Abandoned Turnpike, Pennsylvania
This 13-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania turnpike was abandoned when a more modern highway rerouted cars in 1968. Now its a popular spot for hikers and vandals.
11. Quarai Mission Ruins, New Mexico
The Quarai Mission Ruins are located about eight miles north of Mountainair.
12. Mining Dredge, Oregon
The gold rush town of Sumpter is now abandoned, but this mining dredge is still standing.
13. Ghost Town, California
The ghost town of Bodie was once a thriving mining town. Now it’s overseen by the California State Park system.
14. Post Office, Indiana
This enormous, Art Deco-style building sits at the corner of Massachusetts and 6th in Gary. It opened in 1936, but closed in the 1970s and has been vacant ever since.
15. Fisher Body Plant, Michigan
Founded in 1908, this body plant was operated by General Motors. The Fisher family was a well-known family who donated millions of dollars to the Detroit community.
Check out this video posted on YouTube by History of America. It gives you GPS coordinates for each of these creepy places, so you can find them for yourself.