Ghost towns are oddly alluring. Their existence raises many questions, like why were they abandoned in the first place and are they really haunted? The mystery and danger surrounding them create a sense of curiosity and intrigue we just can’t ignore. While a good many ghost towns are perfectly safe to visit, and likely just as boring, it’s probably best never to step foot in some of the ones we’re about to tell you about. They’re creepy, eerie, and quite frankly, some are dangerous and unstable. Here are 25 Terrifying Ghost Towns You Should Avoid.
North Brother Island, New York
Uninhabited until 1885, North Brother Island in New York has the unfortunate reputation of being the quarantined home of Typhoid Mary, the woman who caused several typhoid outbreaks in the area. The island was specifically used to quarantine people with infectious diseases in Riverside Hospital. Mary believed she was wrongly detained on the island up until her death in 1938. The hospital was shut down and reopened after World War II but is now abandoned. The island isn’t accessible to the public anymore and is now the largest nesting area for Black-Crowned Night Herons.
With some 30,000 people driven out of the small town of Tawergha, Libya, it now remains a desolate and eerie specter with little chance of the residents capable of returning. Why? Because the people of Tawergha are considered to be complicit in acts of murder, rape, and sexual torture for their support of Gaddafi’s regime.
Ross Island, India
Ross Island was first established and owned by the British in 1788. Getting its name from Sir Daniel Ross, the island was originally a settlement, but the weather conditions were too severe, so it was abandoned. Later, it served as a penal colony until the Japanese took it over during World War II. Of course, today, no one lives there and it’s entirely abandoned with the exception of brave tourists.
A former potash mine near one of the hottest places on Earth, Dallol, Ethiopia, has seen better times. Being remote and without roads, it’s no surprise this town didn’t make it. The only way to get to it is by camel and people only go there to mine for salt.
Thurmond, West Virginia
In its heyday, Thurmond, West Virginia, boasted 500 active residents and even claimed the longest poker game, according to Ripley’s Believe It or Not. For a long time, the only way to get to the town was by railroad. When one of its famous hotels, the Dun Glen, burned down, Thurmond went with it and never bounced back. Today, it now claims 5 residents, and they’re government park employees since the town is owned by the National Park Service.