Iowa Hill, California

Location: Iowa Hill, California, USA County: Placer Remains: Unknown Status: Still standing History Located in Placer County, California, Iowa Hill was filled with gold miners after a piece was found in 1853. The town has burned down on three different occasions. In its day, it had grocery stores, a brewery, a soda factory, hardware stores, and hotels. Today, it is…

Beaver Mills, Alabama

Location: Beaver Mills, Alabama, USA County: Mobile Remains: Mill Status: Still standing History Beaver Mills, Alabama was at its peak during the Civil War and a few years after. During the war, the town’s mill was used as a uniform depot. After the Civil War ended, the old uniforms were then converted into the making of bonded…

Battelle, Alabama

Location: Battelle, Alabama, USA County: DeKalb Remains: Farms, Houses, Roads Status: Still standing History Battelle was a thriving mining community at the turn of the century, having spread out to the base of Lookout Mountain, five miles north of Valley Head, Alabama. Now, the forest has taken over, and no buildings remain in what was Battelle. Ruins…

Wolf Hole, Arizona

Location: Wolf Hole, Arizona, USA County: Mojave Remains: Foundations, House Status: Still standing History It is believed that Wolf Hole, Arizona may have been a ranching and farming community. Named by Major John Wesley Powell, Wolf Hole was incorrectly translated from its Pah-Ute name, which meant “Coyote Spring”. From 1918 to 1927, there was a post office,…

Barnsville, Alabama

Location: Barnsville, Alabama, USA County: Marion County Remains: Unknown Status: Still standing History Barnsville, Alabama, which is located in Marion County, was an empty town. For many years, there was a blacksmith shop and a grocery store, and the community was built around the two churches (one a Missionary Baptist and the other a Freewill Baptist) and single cemetery. Even…

Bolding, Arkansas

Location: Bolding, Arkansas, USA County: Unknown Remains: Farms, Houses, Roads Status: Still standing History Not much is known about Bolding’s history other than that it had a small amount of buildings. It was named for Reverend John Bolding. Overall, the town was charming and contained good-hearted people. A Methodist church once used for worship and family gatherings stands…

Riceville, Maine

Location: Riceville, Maine, USA County: Unknown Remains: Abandoned Roads, Artifacts, Building Foundations, Cemetery Status: Still standing History Riceville was a tannery town that was very successful from 1898 to 1906. In 1900, there were at least 75 people, a school, and the nearest railroad station was located in Costigan. The town was abandoned some time in 1906…

Chichagof, Montana

Location: Chichagof, Gallatin, Montana, USA County: Unknown Remains: Houses, Mines Status: Still standing History Chichagof was the home of the Chichagof Mines, which opened in the late 1920s. The town had a post office, small businesses, and a population of about 500. However, the mines closes in the late 1950s, which caused the town to lose its outside income….

Bonito, New Mexico

Location: Bonito, New Mexico, USA County: Unknown Remains: Unknown Status: Still standing History Flooding was a problem in Bonito, New Mexico for several years. A dam was later added in order to reduce this issue, but the water eventually broke through and flood the town and its cemetery. Eventually, the gold mine was flooded. Prior to the flooding, a…

Dyea, Alaska

Location: Dyea, Alaska, USA County: Unknown Remains: Headstones, Various Buildings Status: Still standing History Dyea, Alaska was launched for the gold rush. The popular picture of men going up and down a large hill with their provisions was taken in the town. While Dyea is considered a ghost town, there are still a small group of residents that live in…

Twin Mound, Kansas

Location: Twin Mound, Kansas, USA County: Douglas County Remains: Unknown Status: Still standing History Twin Mound, located in Douglas County, Kansas, was named for its two hills that lie in the area’s landscape. Henry Hiatt, who was born in Dublin, Indiana in 1816, moved out to the Kansas Territory with his wife and five children in 1856, eventually…

Portlock, Alaska

Location: Portlock, Alaska, USA County: Kenai Peninsula Remains: Mine Tunnel, House Pilings, Rusted Cannery Equipment Status: Still standing History Portlock, Alaska was named after Captain Nathaniel Portlock, a member of the Royal Navy, who landed in Alaska in August, 1787. However, Spain and Russia owned the land all the way up until 1867, when the United States purchased…