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America's most eerie Gold Rush towns   U.S.A

Started Apr-6 by Demented Ol Lady Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 72 views.

These are America's most eerie Gold Rush ghost towns

Gold Rush towns the time forgot

When gold was discovered in California in the 1850s, a frenzy of adventurers headed west seeking their fortunes. Soon thousands of mining towns had popped up all over the West as precious metals were discovered. But the bounty soon ran out and the towns surrounding the mines were fast abandoned. Today, some of these little pockets of history survive largely unscathed, preserving a long-forgotten way of life.

Virginia City, Montana

Best known as the former home of the famous frontierswoman Calamity Jane, this Gold Rush town blossomed in the 1860s as gold was discovered in the nearby Alder Gulch.
The remote town didn’t have law enforcement or a justice system for quite some time and as a result robberies and murder were the norm in this rough town – gangs and outlaws, known as road agents, are thought to have killed around 100 people between 1863 and 1864 alone.
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