During the gold rush of the 19th century, thousands of workers left their homes and families to move to a vein of gold to try their luck there. The people driven by fate, who set out in hope or despair, formed the basis of every gold rush. Many died already on the arduous journey and never reached the place of the gold discovery. Those who arrived started a completely new life near the gold mine. Thus within a short time, large cities uprose.
Not all gold mines were profitable for a long period of time, and so, after the exhaustion of the vein, nothing kept people at these places anymore. Due to the monoculture of gold, there were not enough jobs and supply possibilities for the inhabitants. Many moved on to the next vein of gold. So the big gold digger towns became ghost towns. Often the inhabitants left behind their furniture and many of their belongings so that even years later the feeling arises that the city had only been abandoned just yesterday.
Ghost town Bodie
Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Editors