Monday, August 27, 2007

Six Great PA Ghost Town Pages

Of course, we're not the only site that has info on Pennsylvania's ghost towns. I like to think we have good information and good photos, but there are a few other sites that no PA ghost town enthusiast should miss.

The Centralia Project inspired not only our trip to Centralia, but this website as well. Everything about the site is fantastic: the images, the background information, and the personal insights from the authors' visit. contains lots of info on some of PA's many ghost towns. Each town has its own page, detailing location, remains, and even the best time to visit. Many of the towns it discusses are obscure and little-known, making this an excellent resource for ghost town hunters.

Landrus, PA, "home of the first electrified coal mine in the world," is long gone, but Sarah Gilkinson is keeping the ghost town from being forgotten. She doesn't diminish the town by calling it "just a bunch of foundations," as some choose to describe such places; she attacks Landrus with infectious zeal and an eye for photography.

Mike Hoderman's set of Frick's Lock photos aren't the stale, "here's the front door" stuff that we see a lot. This set trumps any we've seen so far.

Hopewell Furnace is a great ghost town you can visit with the family. As a restored ironmaking town and historical site, it's not dangerous -- or illegal -- to visit, and it's a fascinating look at one more phase in Pennsylvania's industrialization. Galen Frysinger's pictures give a good idea of what to expect.

Celestia, the town that was deeded to God, was built to await the return of Jesus. The town ran into tax problems, and eventually collapsed. There isn't much left of Celestia, except its remarkable history, which Hobbes' Place details excellently.

These sites are some of our favorites, but still only scratch the surface of PA's ghost towns. If you know of other great PA ghost town pages, be sure to leave a comment with a link.


Urbanist said...

Great list of sites! Wish I were in the area, but it made me think: that'd be neat thing to do on my own site (create a regional list!)

rsrs1491 said...

Of course Elverson was where I grew up, Hopewell Furnace is one of the local places I visited as a kid.

Sarah Gilkinson - Insan Art said...

Hey guys, thanks for adding my link! Feel free to contact me if you'd like to learn more about Landrus, or if you need a photographer...

Anonymous said...

hey, thanks for the link to my set from Frick's Lock. unfortunately i turned the site you are linking to into my portfolio; but the exact same photos can be found on my flickr page here:

thanks again,

Al Ebaster said...

Thanks for letting me know, Mike -- I've updated the link.

Thunder Road said...
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Thunder Road said...

Awesome site! I visited Linfield Industrial Park after seeing it here. I've uploaded my photos to Flickr:

I've also found a cool ruin in Phoenixville off of an abandoned railroad line. Looks like an old electrical plant demolished and parts of the turbines are standing. Cool place! Here's the link to that set if you are interested:

Thanks again for an awesome website!


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B.B. Bellezza said...

Great site, I also do some exploring myself. Would love if you'd include a link

Anonymous said...

There is a Ghost town called 'Mina, Pa'. Located along route 6, between Coudersport and Roulette. It was great to visit before the road up the mountain became overgrown and degraded. We saw foundations, and many home sites. There was once a huge 2 story Hotel up there also. In the 1970's the homes were abandoned and left to nature.

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