en.infoglobe.cz » USA, West Coast – Ghost Towns

USA, West Coast – Ghost Towns

Published: 22.2.2021
Empty dwellings, dilapidated houses, deserted streets with only wind blows are the American ghost towns. That you only know them from western movies? So do we, but only until we had the opportunity to see some of them with our own eyes on our way along the west coast of the USA. It is reported that there are hundreds of them throughout the country.

Ghost towns used to be the classic cities where people lived in most cases. It was mainly inhabited by men who tried to find gold in the second half of the 19th century during the gold rush. We passed the famous Bodie and were the first to have the town of Grafton on the way. It is located in the state of Utah not far from Zion National Park. We are greeted by a few houses, a church, and even a cemetery. However, the town was not built to search for gold, but as a cotton-growing project in southern Utah. As the city often struggled with floods, its inhabitants moved to more accessible places on the other side of the river. The surrounding farmland and orchards are still being used, with several people still living in other houses in the neighborhood. Nevertheless, this location is still quite authentic. It is no surprise that the remains of cars or agricultural machinery can be seen near the road in Death Valley.

podél silnic

kostel v Graftonu   hřbitov v Graftonu

We took a relatively long journey to the town of Skidoo. It is shrouded in legend. It is said that they executed a thief and a murderer by hanging them here. Along the path that led in some places along the dilapidated path, we found only old cans and a sign with an inscription. There are no houses or car wrecks.

pozůstatky ve Skidoo

On the way to San Diego, we stop at the last ghost town. Calico Ghost Town has a slightly different character. The houses are restored and in fact the whole is renovated here, especially for tourists. You also have to pay an entrance fee of $ 6 per person. In the past, silver was mined in Calic, if you are interested, it is possible to take a mine train. You can take photos with funny scenery or buy T-shirts and various small things like from a flea market. The secluded location and desert enhance the impression of a rugged old and mining town. The local open-air museum has been a historic state since 2005, when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared it the official California ghost town of the Silver Fever.

Calico Ghost Town

obchůdek v Calico   pohled na důl v Calico

Mysterious ghost towns are not just on the American west coast, but you will meet them in Italy or Cambodia. Even near Japan, there is an entire deserted island, which is now used mainly by filmmakers. If you want to soak up the atmosphere of western movies, plan your trip to California when you can do it again.

GPS: Calico Ghost Town 34°57'03.9"N 116°51'52.8"W


Text and photos: Veronika Kocmanová

Discussion at the article (0)

Related Articles

USA, California: Death Valley – Desert Landscape I
Published: 9.1.2017
The Death Valley national park is named after the valley of the same name which is located in the very park. The name was given during the Golden Rush in the mid-19th century. A road went across this valley down which goldrushers went to reach fortune and fame. They, however, were thirsty, and hungry. They had to kill their oxes and roast them atop burning carriages to survive. For these horrible experiences the valley is named after the death itself.

US, California: Death Valley – Desert Landscape II
Published: 16.1.2017
Great drought, desert landscape, high temperatures - we are in Death Valley national park. It is best to being at a visitor center - there you can get the most important information, map, good advice, and buy the much needed water. There are several visitor centers in the park.

USA, Utah – Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks
Published: 11.1.2021
We have visited several national parks in America, but mainly two have settled in our hearts. The first is green Zion and the second orange Bryce Canyon. That you've never heard of them? Yes, they are not as famous as the famous Grand Canyon, Sequoia or Yosemite National Park, but they will also enchant you.

USA, California– From San Diego To Palm Springs for a Weekend
Published: 18.1.2021
When we say California, each of us imagines the sun, the beaches, Hollywood or Disneyland. Today we look at two California cities together. First we take a tour of the city of San Diego and then we move to relax inland, following the example of Hollywood stars in the town of Palm Spings.

US, California: Sequoia National Park – Home to Massive Trees
Published: 23.1.2017
California is a country in the southwest coast in the US. Many foreign and domestic tourists are lured to this state. There is the wild Pacific Ocean coastline, interesting cities and towns and other amazing places created by nature. Mt. Whitney (4421 m) is the highest mountain of the Sierra Nevada moutain range stretching in the south of California. Mt Whitney is the highest mountain of continental United States. Some areas in California are national park or nature reserves.


Czech republic


We were awarded the certificate even thanks to you!

Dôveryhodná firma 2017



Important Information:

Information and warnings on travelling abroad is to be found HERE.

Mobile application:

aplikácia Infoglobe

stiahnuť zadarmo pre Androidstiahnuť zadarmo pre iPhone



Today:sunday 28. 11. 2021

TIP: INFOGLOBE app is available for your device, download HERE.


TIP: INFOGLOBE app is available for your device, download HERE.