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Ballarat Ghost Town


Ballarat Ghost Town

Ballarat Ghost Town, Death Valley National Park, CA

Love exploring abandoned places? There are several ghost towns to visit around Death Valley. Ballarat, in the late 1800s, was home to 400 to 500 people, functioning mainly as a supply town for prospectors and work crews at nearby mines. It was also the place to come for a party, as it was home to no less than seven saloons. Today, most of the original buildings are gone, but there are still a few left to see. Chat with the caretaker, who’s happy to share information about the area and sell you a snack or cold drink.

Ultimately, if you’re passing by or are touring the country in search of ghost towns, it’s a cool stop–but most people wouldn’t make a special trip.