Lost Towns of Illinois Series.





An abandoned or ghost town usually contains visible remnants of buildings and infrastructure such as roads. There are a lot of abandoned Illinois towns due to the railroads. Some towns picked up everything and moved a few miles to the railroad tracks being laid. Some in the American Bottoms flooded and moved the town or built a new town on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. But, as in this photograph, some towns turned back into farmland.

Not to be confused with Ghost Signs.