America’s Coolest Ghost Towns

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

Thurmond, West Virginia

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This coal town from the late 1800s went from several hundred residents to 7 by the year 2000. Once a big stop on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, its depot has been turned into a museum, and the town is now part of the New River Gorge National River. In 2005, 6 of its 7 residents reportedly ran for public office. You can check out the restored train depot and museum, but most folks come here for river rafting.

Closest Civilization: New River Gorge National River.

America’s Coolest Ghost Towns

Thurmond, West Virginia

This coal town from the late 1800s went from several hundred residents to 7 by the year 2000. Once a big stop on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, its depot has been turned into a museum, and the town is now part of the New River Gorge National River. In 2005, 6 of its 7 residents reportedly ran for public office. You can check out the restored train depot and museum, but most folks come here for river rafting.

Closest Civilization: New River Gorge National River.

D. W. Davidson [1] [1] http://www.flickr.com/photos/dwdavidson/3693182176/
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