This Haunting Road Trip Through Iowa Ghost Towns Is One You Won’t Forget

When we think of ghost towns, we think of cobwebbed saloons and Wild West towns abandoned to the ghosts of gunslingers past. I was surprised to find that there are quite a few ghost towns right here in Eastern Iowa, and they contain as much haunted history as any of the iconic ghost towns that first come to mind.

From abandoned mining towns to small towns that fought to survive during some of Iowa’s devastating floods, you can take a tour of some of the ghost towns right in your backyard, and discover another piece of Iowa’s history. Check out the directions on this Google Map for a chilling and educational 4 hour and 55 minute journey through seven of Eastern Iowa’s deserted communities.

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I hope you enjoy this historic and fascinating tour through Iowa’s ghost towns. If you want to learn more about Iowa’s haunted past, you might be interested in The 11 Most Terrifying, Spooky Places To Visit In Iowa.