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    Default Define "Ghost"

    Originally posted by Larry Gibson

    : A great site, but one thing puzzles me. How can a town (city)of 3600 inhabitants be considered a ghost? I realize it may be a "ghost" of its former self, but it would be hard to get ghostly vibes from 3600 people. Not quibbling, just curious. Enjoying the site very much!


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    Default Re: Define "Ghost"

    Originally posted by cecile

    : Don't know what the population of Darwin is - but it's ghostlier than the uninhabitated ghost towns! Randsburg is what I would consider a living ghost town. Not sure what town you are talking about - but if you could tell us, we could better define ghost for you. : A great site, but one thing puzzles me. How can a town (city)of 3600 inhabitants be considered a ghost? I realize it may be a "ghost" of its former self, but it would be hard to get ghostly vibes from 3600 people. Not quibbling, just curious. Enjoying the site very much!


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    Default Re: Define "Ghost"

    Originally posted by Tom

    : : A great site, but one thing puzzles me. How can a town (city)of 3600 inhabitants be considered a ghost? I realize it may be a "ghost" of its former self, but it would be hard to get ghostly vibes from 3600 people. Not quibbling, just curious. Enjoying the site very much!

    : Larry,

    : Ghost towns have three basic categories. The true ghost town is one that is completely deserted and in ruins then there's the semi-ghost which still has inhabitants living there. the third one is the tourist ghost town which is an occupied town that may contain a population such as you describe, but is historic; examples are Tombstone and Bisbee, Ariz.


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    Default Re: Define "Ghost"

    Originally posted by Yet Another Bob

    : I used to get upset when people would refer to Goldfield as a Ghost Town, its still the county seat and its where I license my cars but I to have lost that argument. Lambert Florin describes such ghosttowns as a shadowy semblence of its former self and Goldfield is no longer the largest city in Nevada, heck there's was less than about 1,600 people in the entire county last time I looked. I guess if you have lots of unoccupied "Ghostly" buildings you can make a case, I've given up fighting it!

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    : Larry wrote: A great site, but one thing puzzles me. How can a town (city)of 3600 inhabitants be considered a ghost? I realize it may be a "ghost" of its former self, but it would be hard to get ghostly vibes from 3600 people. Not quibbling, just curious. Enjoying the site very much!


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    Default Roger quoted it best...

    Originally posted by Dezdan

    : Cecile!!!! I am surprised! I think Roger quotes the best GT description (I am quoting Roger quoting Philip): "Philip Varney, author of Southern California's Best Ghost Towns, defines a ghost town as "any site that has had a markedly decreased population from its peak, a town whose initial reason for settlement (such as a mine or railroad) no longer keeps people in the community."

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    Default Re: Define "Ghost"

    Originally posted by ghosttowns.com

    : How about the official Ghosttowns.com definition of a ghost town - its been on our site since 1998 - its on the visiting page...

    : JUST WHAT IS A GHOST TOWN?

    : Some people think of a ghost town as being a "movie set" panorama with a full complement of vacant buildings complete with doors swinging in the wind and the howling of the breeze through holes in walls. Others think of a ghost town as being a town that is a shadow of its former past, but still alive with museums and shops and things to do pertaining to the old west in a true old west location. Still others think of a ghost town as being nothing but a few ruins and foundations in a far remote area accessible only by Four-Wheel drive on a good day. So, who is right? Everyone is right. A ghost town is any place where people once lived, or are still living, that is a shadow of its past glory. This includes everything from absolutely remote locations with very little remaining (sometimes called the "True Ghost&quot, to flourishing tourist towns such as Jerome, Az or even Calico, Ca. Ghosttowns.com contains all of the above types of ghost towns. So, whether you are looking for a "True Ghost" or a place to take your family for a visit to the old west, you can find it here at Ghosttowns.com.

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    : : A great site, but one thing puzzles me. How can a town (city)of 3600 inhabitants be considered a ghost? I realize it may be a "ghost" of its former self, but it would be hard to get ghostly vibes from 3600 people. Not quibbling, just curious. Enjoying the site very much!


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