Some people think of a ghost town as being a 'movie set' panorama.Others think of a ghost town as being a town that is a shadow of its former past, but still alive with museums and shops and things to do pertaining to the old west in a true old west location.
Some tourists and people will come and visit ghost towns.
Individuals who take the time to do this will hopefully enjoy an awesome visit to our past and not take or destroy it. It might be good to point out here that there are federal and state laws governing "ghost towning". Federal law states an individual can be imprisoned and fined for so much as digging a small hole or removing anything at an archaeological site.
I can't wait to get their and take pictures!
It is illegal to take anything archaeological from the ghost town. So it rules out metal detecting
Stop you are violating the law!
You will need travel items when you are ghost towning so you can't get stranded there.
Factors leading to the abandonment of towns include depleted natural resources, economic activity shifting elsewhere, railroads and roads bypassing or no longer accessing the town, human intervention, disasters, massacres, wars, and the shifting of politics or fall of empires.
A town can also be abandoned when it is part of an exclusion zone due to natural or man-made causes.
An exclusion zone is a territorial division established for various, case-specific purposes.
Knowing how to read a USGS topographical map is essential to successfully finding a ghost town. USGS topographical maps are useful because they show the terrain and lay of the land as well as feature like roads, structures and mines.