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Close-ups of American ghost towns

Abandoned towns exist all over the world, but there’s something uniquely American, about ghost towns. Perhaps it’s because so many sprang up in the 19th-century Old West, when a rush to find gold created an old-style economic bubble. When the money or luck ran out residents left leaving behind empty houses.