Indiana may be a thriving, bustling state overall, but there are several spots that are abandoned. These ghost towns, or deserted towns, in the Hoosier state once had optimistic futures ahead of them, but have all but disappeared. Check out these 12 deserted towns in Indiana.
What was once a thriving railroad community is now abandoned, emptied, and grim. Sloan, close to Stewart, Indiana, was a thriving town from 1901 until the early 1940s. The town was abandoned in the 1990s.
This house in Baltimore, Indiana is the only surviving structure. Baltimore was established in 1829 with 70 residents residing in the town. While the town was on track for growth, the completion of the Wabash and Erie Canal ultimately sealed its demise.
There are actually two abandoned Corwins in Indiana. This one, in Tippecanoe County, never was able to grow as needed in order to flourish. These grain elevators can still be found there today.
Barbersville once had a bustling post office, corn mill, store, and school, but now remains desolate and empty. No buildings remain in the former town at all.
5. Hindostan Falls
This small town was founded along the White River in the early 1800s. At one time, this town had a whole lot of promise, with hundreds of houseboats, a thriving stagecoach route, and over 1,000 residents. However, the bustling stagecoach route left the town vulnerable to disease and in the 1820s, yellow fever or possibly cholera spread throughout the town. Coupled with economic hardship, the town become desolate by the 1950s.
Dunn, Indiana, formerly in Benton County, once had a grain elevator, general stores, a post office, and local residences. Now, the town is overgrown, abandoned, and pretty rough to look at.
Now a part of the Hoosier National Forest, Elkinsville used to be a small farming town, complete with a post office. A few houses, the post office, and a cemetery remain.
In Adams County, sits the abandoned town of Chatterton which was founded in the late 1800s. At one time the town had a school, post office, and general store, but now remains desolate.
Brisco is such a ghost town that it can't even be found on maps any longer. Once found in Warren County, Brisco now looks pretty grim.
What is now the Indiana Dunes State Park used to be home to the small town of Tremont. Tremont was a popular commercial and residential railroad stop that was formed in the early 1830s. By 1930, however, Tremont had all but dwindled and now, barely a speck of the old town can be found.
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