There’s more to consider in ghost towns than actual ghosts. Each ghost town holds a sad history, a history of a collection of happy homes abandoned, general stores emptied and left to the elements, places of worship left to decay. This article won’t claim any of the ghost towns are “creepy” or “haunting.” Instead, it focuses on the grim realities of the business decisions, political decisions, exhaustion of natural resources, and natural disasters that laid waste to nine of Arkansas’s communities.

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To learn the history of more Arkansas towns, click here. You’ll find more abandoned towns on this road trip.

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