I am new to the site but have been enjoying all the articles. I am a history major and part of my focus was the Civil War so will put this in historical terms. I have walked the fields and hills of Gettysburg and Tombstone, AZ. Tombstone needs to be done once but more of a tourist destination. Gettysburg is kind of the same way but not paid actors walking around etc. Across this country driving down back roads you may be lucky enough to find a structure and upon looking into it, it looks as if the people that may have lived in the home just disappearred. An old 50's car rusting out parked next to a house that I might be able to push over. While I enjoy the Historical Mining town sometimes the home is a snapshot of a not to distant past. What makes something a ghost town and something else an abandoned property? I have been trying to research and really explore some more of the snapshot places as to me they help me understand society and life at the time.
If so, ghost towns are more well known as such in the western half of the US. Some time ago back east, many were called abandoned villages, though that pattern seems to be changing with each passing year, with more of them in the east also being referred to as ghost towns.
Abandoned property to me, denotes a place owned (or once owned) by someone who may have died, or just ran out of funds to maintain.
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