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California Ghost Towns Historic Gold Rush Towns
California Ghost Towns
California Ghost Towns and historic gold rush towns are scattered across the golden state. Take a trip back in time and explore these relics of the past. This list includes desolate mining towns and thriving California gold country towns that cater to tourist. California's past comes alive when you visit these historic attractions.

 

Bodie Ghost Town
Randsburg Ghost Town
Calico Ghost Town 
Bodie Ghost Town one of the best preserved old west towns.
Randsburg attracts history buffs, geologist, and rock hounds.
Calico Ghost Town out in the middle of the Mojave Desert.
Old Town Sacramento
Angels Camp
Old Town Sacramento a fascinating look back into the past.
Angels Camp a great place to dig into Gold Rush history.
Pioneertown
Nevada City California
Locke Historic District
Pico Canyon Mentryville Ghost
Pioneertown was originally built in the 1940s as an old west movie set.
Nevada City California gold rush town has hardly grown in the past 100 years.
Locke a tiny town along the levee on Highway 160 near Sacramento CA.
Pico Canyon Mentryville one of the first oil boomtowns in the state of California.
Melody Ranch Santa Clarita Valley
Placerville California
Scotty’s Castle Death Valley
 Cerro Gordo Ghost Town
Melody Ranch Santa Clarita Valley It started in 1915 as a location for filming westerns.
Placerville is located at the center of Mother Lode country with plenty of side trips.
Scotty’s Castle Death Valley a two-story Spanish Villa in Grapevine Canyon.
Cerro Gordo Ghost Town high above the Owens Valley a once booming town.
Columbia State Historic Park
Sutter Creek
Historic Truckee California
Harmony California
Columbia State Historic Park one of the best-preserved towns of the mid-19th Century.
Sutter Creek is Amador County’s most walkable town,with plenty of Gold Rush era buildings.
Truckee California historic walking tours, local artists and one of a kind souvenirs.
Harmony California a central coast gem with only a few residents nearly a ghost town.
Old Town San Diego
Julian California
Jamestown California
Leadfield California
Empire Mine  Historic District
Old Town San Diego is called the birthplace of California. Historic buildings, musuems.
Julian California Once a booming hub during California's gold rush. East of San Diego.
Jamestown California's past still lives in here from its buildings to Railtown 1897.
Leadfield is located at the head of the Titus Canyon in Death Valley National Park.
Empire Mine part of what was once the richest gold mining districts in the state.
Silver City Ghost Town
Sonora California
Paramount Ranch
Malakoff Diggins State Historic park
China Camp Park
Silver City a must-see for old western buffs, history enthusiasts, and ghost hunters alike.
Sonora California located on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Paramount Ranch is located in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area
Malakoff Diggins State Historic park is the site of the largest hydraulic mine in California.
China Camp Chinese fishermen settled in the area and built a small village on the bay.
 
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