I found a ghost town while driving though the midwest. I spent the day wading through dead grass and exploring the vacant homes. A rusty water tower lay on the outskirts of the town and the yards were littered with old cars.
New life took over the town. Birds had built nests in many of the homes and there was a dead lamb in one. As it grew dark it began to rain. I picked the house with the cleanest bed and slept inside as I listened to rain drip through holes in the ceiling and patter on the roof. I woke up early to the sounds of raccoons near me on the stairs.
This is actually really scary once you think about it. There are newspapers and lightbulbs and a painting on the desk in the second picture. There’s a trailer in the fourth, along with numerous cars. There are pots and personal effects in the second to last, and the place is trashed. What made everyone leave in such a hurry that they didn’t have time to grab what was dear to them, or even leave in their cars? Why would they leave them there, and not even consider driving away? What madness inflicted all of the residents to simply leave, without taking anything?
probably a radiation scare? looking at the cars it very well could have been an evacuation during one of the wars.
Okay, so I looked up one of the papers on the table, “The Star Extra”. This took me to a site implying that it is/was a local paper in South Dakota. I then googled “South Dakota abandoned towns” and looked for something with a water tower and lots of cars. Took about 10 minutes, but I may have found it:
Apparently, it was just a case of poor farm land, little water and few young people wanting to stick around. In 1980, there were 16 people living there, but it seems like the older folks just passed away and didn’t have anyone who wanted to deal with clearing out their homes, so everything was just…left there.