America’s Coolest Ghost Towns

Pearce Arizona ghost town
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Old mines, abandoned buildings, and the occasional curse: America's ghost towns make for a hair-raising detour.

Gleeson, Courtland, and Pearce, Arizona

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This trio of towns just west of Tombstone had ups and downs and intertwined fates: Gleeson used to be called Turquoise when the stone was its main draw, but everyone left when gold was found in Pearce; Pancho Villa is said to have fought in Courtland. Much of these three towns are now on private land, but you can wander the cemeteries or visit the Gleeson Jail, where, on the first weekend of each month, you can take a tour. Up the road you can also see the “jail tree,” where they used to tie up unsavory types before the jail was built.

Closest Civilization: Tombstone, AZ.

Pearce Arizona ghost town

America’s Coolest Ghost Towns

Gleeson, Courtland, and Pearce, Arizona

This trio of towns just west of Tombstone had ups and downs and intertwined fates: Gleeson used to be called Turquoise when the stone was its main draw, but everyone left when gold was found in Pearce; Pancho Villa is said to have fought in Courtland. Much of these three towns are now on private land, but you can wander the cemeteries or visit the Gleeson Jail, where, on the first weekend of each month, you can take a tour. Up the road you can also see the “jail tree,” where they used to tie up unsavory types before the jail was built.

Closest Civilization: Tombstone, AZ.

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