Abandoned places fascinate us…but they can also be kind of scary. The wind whistles through abandoned buildings and wild animals take up residence in rotting structures. Many of these places present dangerous hazards to those who visit. Take a look at these 25 creepy abandoned spots across the country, but be wary!
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1. Cahawba, Alabama
This ghost town was once the state’s capital, but major flooding in 1825 caused the Legislature to move it. Cawahba is on the National Register of Historic Places.
2. Kennecott, Alaska
Most of the buildings in this copper mining town were painted red because it was the least expensive color. The town was booming in 1916, but by the 1930s it was depleted. By 1939, only one family was left.
3. Dogpatch, Arkansas
This amusement park in Marble Falls, Arkansas has been abandoned since 1993. It’s overgrown with weeds and rusted equipment.
4. Red Mountain, Colorado
This gold and silver rush town was once thriving with over 10,000 residents. After the mining went bust, so did the town.
5. Williamsville, Delaware
This empty house is one of many in Williamsville.
6. Bahia Honda Bridge, Florida
The Bahia Honda Bridge was a railroad bridge that connected Spanish Harbor Key to Bahia Honda Key. A 1935 hurricane severely damaged the bridge, and it was replaced with a new bridge in 1938. A portion of the bridge was removed to accommodate boat traffic.
7. Silver City, Idaho
Silver City gets its name from the silver rush, which built this town in 1864. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places and has around 70 buildings.
8. Savanna Army Depot, Illinois
This Army Depot covers more than 16,000 acres, just a few miles north of Savanna. It was closed in March of 2000.
9. City Methodist Church, Indiana
Thousands of people once worshipped at this abandoned church in Gary. The nine-story structure is immense - so large that it proved too big to keep up after Gary’s population declined in the 1960s and 70s.
10. Power House, Kentucky
This power house in Lynch, Kentucky, once provided power to two mines and all the homes in the town.
11. Six Flags, Louisiana
Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Six Flag Amusement Park in New Orleans. Today, it’s a popular spot for enthusiasts of abandoned places, despite the dangers of the resident wildlife and hazardous broken equipment. It’s illegal to trespass here.
12. Abandoned House, Maine
The remote Swan’s Island in Maine has just a few hundred residents, and several abandoned buildings, such as this sad, lonely house.
13. Northampton State Hospital, Massachusetts
The Northampton State Hospital opened in 1856 and was built to house the mentally ill and insane. While it was once a very beautiful place, overcrowding led to poor care and many deaths. This abandoned hospital is said to be a hotbed of paranormal activity now.
14. Abandoned Church, Michigan
This abandoned church in Detroit was once a magnificent space for worshippers to attend service. Now it sits in decay.
15. Rodney, Mississippi
Rodney was a small, thriving town with a high literacy rate and many banks, taverns and stores. Several fires, yellow fever epidemics in 1843 and 1898 contributed to the town’s downfall. The Old Rodney Hotel still stands in this abandoned place - neglected and forgotten.
16. Bannack, Montana
Bannack was built in 1862 when gold was discovered there. Once a thriving town with a population of over 10,000 miners and their families, the town was abandoned when the gold mine went bust. The town, which is now a state park, is said to be haunted.
17. Fort Stark, New Hampshire
Fort Stark was built in 1746 and was deactivated in 1948. It served as a training center from 1953 to 1980. The abandoned fort and surrounding grounds are now a state park.
18. Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel, New York
Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel was a kosher resort that catered to New York’s wealthy Jewish folks from the early 1900s to 1986. Though the golf course still remains in operation, the rest of the resort is abandoned.
19. Rolling Acres Mall, Ohio
This shopping mall in Akron opened in 1975 and was a popular shopping spot for many years. The recession hurt businesses in the mall, and by 2008 it was officially closed (though two anchor stores remained). The mall changed ownership several times, but was foreclosed in June, 2016.
20. Texola, Oklahoma
This town in Beckham County was never very big, but by the 2010 Census, it had a population of just 36 people. At its peak, the town had two cotton gins and a corn and grist mill, which provided employment to the residents.
21. New Jersey Zinc Company, Pennsylvania
From the early 1900s through the 1970s, the New Jersey Zinc Company was the place to work in West Palmerton. The pay was great and the jobs seemed secure...until the town declined in the 1980s and the company closed its doors.
22. Pawtucket-Central Falls Train Station, Rhode Island
This abandoned trail station operated between 1916 and 1981. It was considered for the National Register of Historic Places, but safety concerns barred its entry. The railroad has plans to build a new station in 2020.
23. Elkmont, Tennessee
Loggers working for the Little River Lumber Company lived in little cottages in this company town starting in 1908. A few years later, the company sold many of the homes to members of the Appalachian Club and Wonderland Club. The National Park Service now manages these homes, and has begun to renovate many.
24. Thistle, Utah
After a spring of heavy rains, Thistle was flooded when a dam burst in 1983. The town was completely submerged and a total loss. Luckily, residents were evacuated in time, but a few homes remain, partially covered by water, with weeds and thistle growing over them.
25. Underground Tunnels, Washington
After a fire in Seattle in 1889 destroyed 31 city blocks, part of the rebuilding included raising the city’s sidewalks up as much as two stories higher. The space left beneath was now underground, and the resulting tunnels were closed off in 1907. You can tour a small portion of the tunnels today...and they’re pretty creepy.