From desert ghost towns and mines to hidden metropolitan locations, these are eight forgotten abandoned places in America.
1. Glen Rio
This location is so dangerous that even Google decided not to drive through this area. Glen Rio was originally known as Rock Island. It was found in 1903. What made this ghost town popular was its prime location.
Half of it is in Texas and the other half is in New Mexico. Many people find beauty in the abandoned gas station and surrounding buildings, while others try to scurry away as fast as possible because it probably reminds them of a set from one of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies.
2. Clairton, Pennsylvania
Clairton, or what used to be Clairton, is the home of the largest coke manufacturing facility in the U.S., and no we’re not talking about the refreshing soft beverage known as Coca-Cola, rather the fuel created from black coal. It is used in the manufacturing of steel.
Clairton is one of those towns that you hear about on the news, you know coal country or in this case it’s better to say steel country. Traveling around the town on Google Maps you can see many abandoned homes and overgrown sidewalks. Perhaps the most striking neighborhood is located on Lincoln Way. Every house on this street was abandoned and no one really wants to talk about it or even give exact reasons as to why this neighborhood was affected so much more than the rest.
In 2015, Lincoln Way was ravaged by a fire. Local authorities heavily opposed any stories about supposed hauntings or ghosts, however, that doesn’t stop the locals to continue talking about it.
3. The Sideling Hill Tunnel
The Pennsylvania Turnpike was nicknamed the “Tunnel Highway”, having not six, not eight, but seven tunnels in its path. By the 1970s, the road was so busy that expansions had to be made. Some smart people did some math and found out that the best thing to do was to bypass three tunnels and merge the other four.
At this point, the Sideling Hill Tunnel became a post-apocalyptic dream location; no traffic, no people, just you and the dilapidated road. The site was used to train soldiers for the Iraq War. Policemen used parts of it as a shooting range and a small company called Bike-to-Bike tried to make it a tourist destination.
4. The Death Cave
In 1978, 42 Apaches hiding inside a cave were smoked out by Navajo enemies. The cave was nicknamed the “Death Cave” and I guess that didn’t bother people too much since they still decided to settle in that area. Before two guns was a legitimate settlement, bad cowboys took advantage of the Wild Wild West and robbed the train on the nearby Santa Fe Railway.
They made out with one hundred thousand dollars in cash and forty thousand in gold coins. Here’s the kicker, they were eventually caught with only a hundred dollars between them. One of the thieves confessed that the remainder of the loot is still hidden around Two Guns. Two Guns became somewhat of a tourist trap with its expensive gas and trading posts with the completion of a nearby highway. Two Guns was abandoned and forgotten sometime in the 1980s.
5. Animas Forks
This picturesque deserted mine is hidden along the alpine loop in Colorado. The first settlers came around 1873 and it took only a few years for the Animas Forks to become a full-fledged community. Just like most bustling mine towns at the time, as soon as the profits dried up so did the town.
These days, Animas Forks is owned and operated by the Bureau of Land Management. The Bureau of Land Management owns about two hundred and forty seven point three million acres or about one-eighth of the country. Anytime you’re driving through the middle of nowhere U.S. and wonder who owns the land, chances are it is the Bureau of Land Management.
6. Pleasure Beach
Pleasure Beach is actually a barrier. Google Earth provides some great insight into what is left from the original community, which is not much. Looks like we only have the community center that’s still standing, so what the heck happened here?
A portion of the bridge connecting Pleasure Beach to the mainland caught fire in 1996. This pretty much crippled the community. Most of the houses became summer homes that were rarely visited in 2007. The town of Stratford stopped leasing the homes since it was too expensive to make sure they weren’t vandalized or robbed.
For the next seven or so years, Pleasure Beach suffered greatly from random fires. There were some straight up illegal demolitions as of 2017 as none of the original homes exist anymore, but at least it’s open to the public again.
7. Grain Silos
Indiana is home to hundreds of abandoned grain silos that have somehow managed to survive longer than their surrounding communities. A great example is Corwin, Indiana. Apparently, it’s not even a ghost town only being described as an extinct town.
We also have the town of Sloan Dunn and, unfortunately, many, many more. Here are some honorable mentions that I thought were interesting; like the Westinghouse Atom Smasher, the light bulb shape tower was instrumental in the research done on nuclear energy for civilian use. The city of Forest Hills, Pennsylvania, could not preserve the smasher.
The Hell House altar located in Maryland was part of St. Mary’s College and you can only imagine the amount of hauntings, ghost sightings and devil worship legends surrounding this place.
Finally, a place where you can enjoy the zombie apocalypse in peace. The Onion UFO Island off the coast of Northern California used to be a peninsula, but because of the erosive pounding of waves, it is now an island and it will continue to shrink and shrink until there’s eventually nothing left.
8. New York World’s Fair Pavilion
Back in the day, people from around the globe gathered and celebrated progressive technology and all the cool things nations and people were inventing. In 1964, people wanted to have a repeat of the 1939 fair and I think they were pretty successful. The most important part of the expo is still in good condition.
The enigmatic Unisphere found in the center of it all, but there is also some sour sites like the New York State Pavilion. There was never any good consistent use for it after the fair ended except for it being a filming location occasionally. You might remember it from the original Man in Black movie. The pavilion is strictly off-limits and reports say that a bunch of cats have taken over the area. There’s also a big debate on whether or not the observation towers and pavilions should be demolished.