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From mining boom towns to tourist haunts: The ghost town life cycle

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posted on 01.10.2018, 00:00 by Bruce PrideauxBruce Prideaux, DJ Timothy
The term 'ghost town' conveys a sense of abandonment, desertion, dereliction, isolation, decay and even the supernatural. The popular image of a ghost town is one where the former inhabitants have moved away leaving only abandoned buildings as a testament to the community that once stood there. However, this is only one type of ghost town. Factors leading to abandonment include exhaustion of natural resources on which the settlement formerly depended, bypassing by railways or new highways (as in the case of several smal\ towns along Historic Route 66 in the United States), sudden events or disasters, or the shifting of human economic activities to other areas. The most famous, or perhaps infamous, ghost town of the recent past is Chernobyl, Ukraine. A 1986 accident in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant forced the sudden evacuation of thousands of residents. Today, Chernobyl remains a city without residents, a ghost town where entry is tightly controlled because of high radiation levels and other safety hazards.

History

Editor

Conlin MV; Jolliffe L

Parent Title

Mining Heritage and Tourism: A Global Synthesis

Start Page

227

End Page

238

Number of Pages

12

ISBN-10

041556090X

ISBN-13

9780415560900

Publisher

Routledge

Place of Publication

Abingdon, UK

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Arizona State University, USA

Era Eligible

Yes

Number of Chapters

20