Take A Unique Road Trip To America’s Historic Ghost Towns

Thursday, October 25, 2018

It’s that time of the year to gather the family and go on a unique road trip! Explore this interactive map for an unforgettable family trip that reveals the beauty of 10 historic ghost towns in the U.S.

Geotab, a pioneer in smart transportation and telematics technology, has gathered data for nearly 4,000 ghost towns across America which have remained frozen in time; creating the perfect family road trip. Through this map, families can take a trek through history drawing a comparison between these once booming towns and the modern ones we live in today.

Geotab’s “Ghost Towns of America” map series allows users to explore the cities with the most neighboring ghost towns within a 25 to a 50-mile radius or by location and distribution across America’s states and counties. Focusing on history and the structural remains left, the piece spotlights 10 compelling examples of American ghost towns by diving deeper into their story and showcasing a selection of high-res photos that allows users to explore what these towns look like today.

The 10 ghost towns featured by Geotab are:
The states with the highest number of ghost towns are Texas (511), California (346) and Kansas (308). On the other hand, Rhode Island and Connecticut are home to the fewest, with just one and four respectively. Additionally, the counties with the most ghost towns are Kern County in California (113), Lawrence County in South Dakota (93) and Indiana County in Pennsylvania (36). 
The story of America is one of change. Many towns were built thanks to the growth of infrastructure, trade, and transport in the U.S., but those that have been abandoned leave behind a rich history. America’s ghost towns continue to serve as a useful reminder that the past can teach us a lot about the present.

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