Ghost Towns

Ghost towns may be bad for economic development, but they make for great photographs.
May 22, 2001, 7am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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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."

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Published on Saturday, May 19, 2001 in Smithsonian Magazine
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