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    • Apocalyptic Tourism: Top-7 Blood-Curdling Ghost Towns
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    • Apocalyptic Tourism: Top-7 Blood-Curdling Ghost Towns
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    • Apocalyptic Tourism: Top-7 Blood-Curdling Ghost Towns
    • Apocalyptic Tourism: Top-7 Blood-Curdling Ghost Towns
    • Apocalyptic Tourism: Top-7 Blood-Curdling Ghost Towns
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    The Gold Rush didn't only take human lives but also the lives of whole towns. In 1879, Bodie, which began as a mining camp after gold was discovered there, boasted a population of 10,000 and was second to none for wickedness, bad men, and “the worst climate out of doors.” One little girl, whose family was taking her to the remote and infamous town, wrote in her diary: “Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie.” However, by in 1900 Bodie started gradually becoming deserted due to the sharp decline in gold prices and a huge fire that occurred in the town. Since 1962 the town has officially been a historic park, where tourists can see 170 buildings that haven't changed since the Gold Rush.
    Photo: The Swazey Hotel at Bodie State Historical Park, California, the US, stands on August 4, 1998, as a warped reminder of a thriving wild west town.

    Sputnik takes a look beyond ordinary tourism and invites you to the top-7 most frightening deserted places in the world from nuclear explosion sites to disappearing towns from the Gold Rush era.

    Crippled buildings, abandoned streets at night, places where nature has won the battle with humans are a real paradise for those who enjoy apocalyptic views. While many know about Pompeii and Machu Picchu, the last two centuries have left a number of  places abandoned after wars, disasters and economic crises. Tourists' interest has given these towns a new lease on life.

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    Chernobyl nuclear disaster, ghost town, Fukushima nuclear power plant, France, China, Namibia, Japan, Fukushima, United States, Ukraine, Pripyat
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