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    I wonder if you'd be kind enough to answer a question? I'm writing a new novel and intend to set part of it in a ghost town. As a thank-you, I'd obviously relate my appreciation to you in the finished book.

    I'm looking for a ghost town (as a basis for my fictional one) that has these attributes:

    1. It was used up until the fifties. I like the idea of that fifties design motif being left to decay.

    2. It has a movie house. The last movie shown may have been Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman.

    3. It's surrounded by unforgiving desert.

    4. It's in an area where a person could privately buy it (though the town doesn't have to be for sale).

    Can you suggest any names of relevant ghost towns for my further research?
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    Hmmmm......

    It's hard to fit all the criteria into one town.
    I think Cobalt Idaho went "belly up" in the '50's,
    but I doubt they had a theater.

    Now that I think about it.......
    there has to be something in Utah after the
    uranium boom ended. Utah's not my turf,
    so I don't know.

    The "uranium theme" could tie into the
    '50's Sci-Fi genre.

    Sorry, I'm not more help.

    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by danbo View Post
    Hmmmm......

    It's hard to fit all the criteria into one town.
    I think Cobalt Idaho went "belly up" in the '50's,
    but I doubt they had a theater.

    Now that I think about it.......
    there has to be something in Utah after the
    uranium boom ended. Utah's not my turf,
    so I don't know.

    The "uranium theme" could tie into the
    '50's Sci-Fi genre.

    Sorry, I'm not more help.

    Dan
    Hi Dan,

    You've been a great help. I'll check out Cobalt and Utah. It'll be a case of taking several towns and amalgamating them to form a fictional one. I'm a complete neophyte when it comes to ghost towns, never considering the reasons for closure, and your post has pointed me in that direction, too (uranium).

    Cheers!

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    Got a few in Colorado but not much desert. Of course you could consider some of the dust bowl towns here in Colorado.

    Couple examples

    http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com...s_colorado.htm

    http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com...t_colorado.htm

    http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com/hereford.htm

    There are many more out on the plains of Colorado.
    Visit Colorado Ghost Towns at http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com

    No Sales pitch just plenty of photos and stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danbo View Post
    Hmmmm......

    It's hard to fit all the criteria into one town.
    I think Cobalt Idaho went "belly up" in the '50's,
    but I doubt they had a theater.

    Now that I think about it.......
    there has to be something in Utah after the
    uranium boom ended. Utah's not my turf,
    so I don't know.

    The "uranium theme" could tie into the
    '50's Sci-Fi genre.

    Sorry, I'm not more help.

    Dan

    For some reason, I'm reminded of the b&w movie "The Last Picture Show", shot in north Texas.

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    Washington DC perhaps?
    Quote Originally Posted by MrBoogeyman View Post
    I wonder if you'd be kind enough to answer a question? I'm writing a new novel and intend to set part of it in a ghost town. As a thank-you, I'd obviously relate my appreciation to you in the finished book.

    I'm looking for a ghost town (as a basis for my fictional one) that has these attributes:

    1. It was used up until the fifties. I like the idea of that fifties design motif being left to decay.

    2. It has a movie house. The last movie shown may have been Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman.

    3. It's surrounded by unforgiving desert.

    4. It's in an area where a person could privately buy it (though the town doesn't have to be for sale).

    Can you suggest any names of relevant ghost towns for my further research?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyroler View Post
    Washington DC perhaps?
    Though this area has been used a few times Anaconda Montana comes to mind. Also try 4th of July near Nederland Colorado

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