11 abandoned Old West boom towns Gone but not forgotten, these once-bustling mining outposts offer visitors a look at the Old West in surroundings ranging from kitschy to untouched.
Sometimes it's hard to find the history of why a town grew where it did, and even harder to learn why it was abandoned. Sure, when you can identify a mining community you can deduce that the coal seam played out and the company moved on. But many of these towns sprang up around very small mines that are practically lost to history.
Housing for the Miners. Mine Workers' Homes on 3rd Street, circa 1940 stated that "Heilwood is the most sanitary mining town in Pennsylvania." residents of Heilwood began purchasing their current homes and/or various vacant lots around town.
Garnet was born during the gold rush of 1895 and home to nearly a thousand miners and homesteaders at its peak. The mines were quickly depleted and most people were gone by 1912, but two dozen wood buildings persist, making this one of the best-preserved mining towns in the U.S. It looks almost like a movie set for an Old West boomtown.
The coal industry was essentially the state's sole source of work, and massive corporations built homes, general stores, schools, churches and recreational facilities in the remote towns near
We've created a list of the best wild western towns in the USA. These are the ultimate destinations for you to feel like a real cowboy or cowgirl. It's not the same as it was in the 1800s, but there are still plenty of towns left that feel just like the Wild West. It was a big mining