All around the world, there are abandoned towns that were left behind by its former inhabitants for one reason or another. These are known as ghost towns. Some of these locations have become historical sites, while others were simply left behind and forgotten.
For people that are particularly daring, visiting one of these ghost towns can be a really fun and unique experience. Some have spooky stories attached to them about the spirits that reside within the ghost town, so these locations are unquestionably only for the brave.
To see 10 super eerie ghost towns around the world, keep reading!
10 Centralia, Pennsylvania
Centralia is a ghost town located in Pennsylvania. Centralia was founded originally in 1841 and it was condemned and then abandoned by almost all of its residents by 2013. In 1856, Centralia became a popular town because of the nearby mines and many people flocked to Centralia in order to find work. Unfortunately, these mines also lead to the town's abandonment.
In 1962, one of the mines in Centralia caught fire and began to burn. To this day, Centralia is still burning and it gives the entire town a truly eerie atmosphere. Centralia was condemned in 1992 and, as of 2013, only seven people remain in the town, who have been allowed by the state to live the rest of their lives there.
9 Hashima Island, Japan
Hashima Island is an island that is about nine miles off the coast of the Japanese town of Nagasaki. The island first became inhabited in the late 19th century as a place for the workers of a nearby undersea coal mine to live. By the 1950s, over 5,000 people lived on this island but, when the coal was depleted in the 1970s, the island was completely abandoned.
In 2009, the island was reopened as a tourist attraction. Hashima Island is a particularly unique ghost town because of the fact that it's on an island, leaving it relatively undisturbed by the progress of technology or nature.
8 Pyramiden, Arctic Circle
Pyramiden is a ghost town located on the Norwegian island of Svalbard. Pyramiden was founded in 1910 before, 17 years later, being sold to the Soviet Union. It was used as a mining town through the 1990s and, in 1998, the last of the coal was extracted from the mine. Because of this, this town had nothing for the residents and they all preferred to leave.
The cold temperature of the area has done a pretty good job in preserving Pyramiden's buildings. Furthermore, the ghost town looks almost the same as it did when it was still inhabited.
7 Ross Island, India
Ross Island is an island off the coast of India and is part of the Andaman Islands. When it was founded in the late 18th century, Ross Island was used as the British administration of the Indian Penal Settlement and used as a penal colony.
The island was abandoned in the mid-20th century but travelers that like to visit really unique locations can still go here! In 1993, a museum was established on Ross Island and the island is open to tourists who can walk around the island and see buildings reclaimed by nature, visit the gift shops, or take a trip to the museum.
6 Bannack, Montana
Bannack, Montana is a ghost town located just south of Dillon, Montana and was founded in 1862. Bannack was the site of huge gold discovery and drew people seeking to strike it rich from all across the country. Bannack continued as a mining town until its last residents left in the 1970s.
Today, the ghost town is a tourist attraction. During a period of time each summer, reenactments are staged of historical events related to when Bannack was still a mining town. During the Halloween season, tour guides take guests on a spooky walk through the city and detail the paranormal events that people have experienced.
5 Island Of The Dolls, Mexico
Mexico's Isla de las Muñecas is a unique ghost town because it was technically only ever inhabited by a single person. In English, the name of this Mexican island translates to "Island of the Dolls" and the reason for this name should be obvious to anyone who has seen pictures of this eerie location.
Several decades ago, a man moved from his former home to this island and lived there alone. According to legend, a young girl drowned in a lake on the island and the man who lived there dedicated the rest of his life to decorating the island with various dolls in order to appease her spirit.
4 Boston, Ohio
Boston, Ohio is a ghost town that has been completely shut down to tourists and is actually not one that people are allowed to visit. Still, this ghost town has an interesting and totally spooky history. Boston, Ohio was given the nickname of Helltown, Ohio and for good reason.
While the town was actually abandoned in the 1970s in order to preserve the forest in the area, people have some other myths and beliefs about what went on in Boston. According to some stories about the town, a group dedicated to worshipping the devil came in and started building, causing everyone to leave. Yikes!
3 Kennecott, Alaska
Kennecott is an abandoned mine in Alaska that was founded in 1911 and then abandoned sometime in the 1930s after it was decided that there was no copper left in the mine. Despite this, a few families remained in Kennecott who lived there until the 1950s when a second study concluded that there was no copper left to be taken from the mine and the mine was abandoned entirely.
The mine was declared a National Historic Landmark back in 1986 and is a popular tourist destination. Along with hiking and other outdoor activities, people who like to explore abandoned places enjoy visiting the Kennecott mine.
2 North Brother Island, New York
North Brother Island is one of two islands located in New York City's East River. North Brother Island was completely empty until 1885 when it became the home of Riverside Hospital. Riverside Hospital had been built a few decades prior in order to house, quarantine, and treat patients that had been diagnosed with diseases like tuberculosis.
Some of the most notable residents that stayed at the hospital on North Brother Island include Typhoid Mary, real name Mary Mallon. The island ended up becoming a rehabilitation center for some time before closing its doors entirely. Today, the island is abandoned and is off-limits to the public because of its status as a bird sanctuary.
1 Pripyat, Ukraine
Pripyat is a city in Ukraine that was founded in 1970 to house people working at the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Pripyat was once a bustling city with several schools, parks, stores, and a hospital for the people living in this city to use.
Unfortunately, Pripyat's short distance from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant meant that in 1986 when the Chernobyl disaster took place, Pripyat's nearly 50,000 residents were forced to evacuate. Today, Pripyat is completely abandoned and only a small part of the city is open for tours due to safety concerns.