It always surprises me just how many ghost towns there are, from abandoned movie sets to places people once lived. Some were thriving communities whilst others sprung up to fulfil a need and the inhabitants moved on when that need was no longer required.
It’s not unusual to watch a movie featured around a town or building that has been abandoned. Just think of the Chernobyl Diaries or The Blair Witch. Or a ghost hunting show featuring one in an episode.
Ghost Towns in the Movies
The appeal of filming in a ghost town, just for the atmosphere alone, must be appealing to many film-makers. A set already in an ideal location, with buildings, and limited vehicle traffic, must be a draw. Although I suspect it has it’s down sides too.
But not all ghost towns or western towns seen in the movies were in America.
Regularly used in filming since the 1920’s
Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain
These abandoned movie sets in Spain bring back memories of weekends at my Grandparents house, where I’d lay in front of the fire, my head resting on a beaded leather Pouffe, watching every western the television could show.
A western town designed and built to be used for television productions and movies that never saw the big lights it deserves.
Once the movie setting for one of my favourite westerns – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – in an amazing location.
Ghost Towns for sale
What if you had an urge one day to buy your own ghost town? I know that if I had the money I’d consider it. Yes I am aware there are many other things to consider – like how would you make money from it, structural integrity, etc. But wouldn’t it be cool!?!
The Historic Village at Johnsonville in East Haddam, Connecticut
A pretty little village with several empty houses, abandoned and in need of a new life. It would be a shame to lose it’s charms to a complete redevelopment, but a number of buyers have fallen at the last hurdle and this village is still on the market – and looking for its forever owner.
Swett, South Dakota
Small at six acres this town has it’s own Tavern, as well as other buildings and caravans. Not entirely an old west ghost town but still with possibilities.
Or perhaps this once bustling town, with old homes that have been updated with modern amenities. Currently for sale on Sotheby’s for a cool $1,500,000 USD
So whether you’re looking for a movie set or a place to lay your hat, there are ghost towns aplenty just waiting for discovery and exploration. Perhaps even with a few ghosts still hanging around.