Ghost Towns

Ghost towns may be bad for economic development, but they make for great photographs.

Smithsonian photographer Berthold Steinhilber captures the eerie desolation of Bodie, Masonic and other old mining towns: "Ghost towns are palpable history, places where you can reach out and touch the past, where it’s so close it seems just around the corner. I know, because as a boy in the Southwest, I couldn’t leave the house without being warned (in vain) to stay out of the old mines that riddled the surrounding southern Arizona mountains."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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