Jan 2, 2024 - News

Mapped: Arkansas' ghost towns

Data: Axios research, including Geotab and Forgotten Places; Map: Tory Lysik/Axios Visuals. Note: This is not a conclusive list, as others may be available. These are all confirmed and recognized abandoned ghost towns with at least some sort of buildings standing.
Data: Axios research, including Geotab and Forgotten Places; Map: Tory Lysik/Axios Visuals. Note: This is not a conclusive list, as others may be available. These are all confirmed and recognized abandoned ghost towns with at least some sort of buildings standing.

There are thousands of abandoned "ghost" towns across the U.S., and while many are no more than memories, a few hundred still have free-standing structures or museums to visit.

Why it matters: Many of these places are disappearing with time and being absorbed into newer towns or by nature.

  • Bodie, California, is an abandoned gold-mining town turned state historic park. Visitors can see the old church, mining museum and over 100 original buildings.
  • Capitol City, Colorado, is a remote town near Telluride created in the hopes of becoming the state capital. Now, all that is left is a post office.

Between the lines: Geotab has mapped 3,800+ of these places, but the data is not conclusive.

  • In Kansas alone, there were once estimated to be thousands of mostly undiscovered ghost towns.
  • The map above shows locations of ghost towns confirmed to have at least some sort of building ruins.

Zoom in: The only site listed in Arkansas is the former town of Rush near the Buffalo National River.

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