Our favorite “spooky” towns in The Great American West

From mining towns that boomed then busted, to legendary military posts, and wild stories of the past, these are our favorite spooky must-see towns in The Great American West!


Jeffrey City. Photo credit: Wyoming Office of Tourism

Jeffrey City – Wyoming, USA

Formerly known as ‘Home on the Range,’ Jeffrey City was abandoned in the 1980’s after a mining boom and bust and now sits desolate just off of the historic Oregon Trail.


Historic Deadwood. Photo credit: South Dakota Tourism

Historic Deadwood – South Dakota, USA

Western outlaws like Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane made this town legendary. Today you can watch shootouts on Deadwood’s Main Street, re-enactments of the slaying of Wild Bill Hickok, and the trial of his murderer.


Custer House in Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Photo credit: North Dakota Tourism

Custer House in Fort Lincoln – North Dakota, USA

Leading up to the historic Battle of the Little Bighorn, General Custer was stationed at Fort Abraham Lincoln before the battle took place. It was from here that the 7th Cavalry rode off into the history books and Lakota Leader, Sitting Bull, became a name forever linked to Custer.


Nevada City. Photo credit: Montana Office of Tourism

Nevada City – Montana, USA

A mining town in the early 1900’s, the cabins, storefronts, and streets of Nevada City were abandoned after the bust.


Bayhorse Ghost Town Near Challis. Photo credit: Idaho Tourism

Bayhorse near Challis – Idaho, USA

Silver and gold were among the discovered in this historic mining town. Today, its vacant city limits can be toured.

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Featured Image: Bannack State Park in Montana. Photo credit: Montana Office of Tourism