Pleasure.. In Manitoba, find the villages of Shoal Lake and Horod. They are west of Winnipeg, about a two hour drive or so from the city, along Highway 1 towards the west coast. That's where you'll find the old Housesteads out in fields, completely deserted on common land.... Hundreds of them en-route too. You have to fight your way through the overgrowth to get to them, but it's well worth the walk.
In North Dakota, look out for Alfred in the county of LaMoure, about 1/2 way between Fargo and Bismarck. Another fascinating old town with lots of original 'bits', is Amidon located in the Little Missouri National Grassland Park, in Slope County. The place I thought was called River Forks, is in fact called 'Grand Forks' and the old town we discovered there was Fordville.
I had to look them all up as it's a couple of years since I was there. Whether they are as good as they were then is going to be pot luck. Well worth a visit to both regions though, as there are more ghost towns about that we didn't get to. In fact there are many of them scattered about all over the state.
Talking to historians in the region, North Dakota came across as one the few best states in the USA to find remains of ghost towns, along with Oregon and New Mexico.
In California, there are many "ghost towns".
One of the best known is Calico, near Barstow:
There are also some in Death Valley and across the Mojave Desert, of which the best preserved is Bodie:
Lastly, I would consider visiting Lizzie Borden's place in Falls River, Massachusetts, on the east coast:
and then travelling up to Salem, Massachusetts, famous for its many "witch" trials of 1692:
Thanks everyone, you've given us plenty of great ideas, love the ghost town ideas particularly! WOuld love to visit salem too. Cheers!
This link will give you a search-able site for unique and odd sites throughout the US.
The Winchester Mystery House is full of ghost stories and quite unique.
My other suggestion would be to ASK the locals. I have found many interesting sites just by casual conversation and asking if there was anything close that I 'must see' while in the area and have always gotten good responses.
Thanks Khandilee, the link you posted was brilliant, plenty of weird and wacky places that i never thought would even exist! its going to be a great trip : )
Marie Leveaux is the famous voodoo queen of New Orleans. Her grave is in St. Louis Cemetary #1 just a few blocks from Bourbon Street. It is easy to find her grave since it is covered with red Xs. She is famous because of using voodoo to help an aristocrat's son (who professed his innocence) from being convicted of the crime of rape. She received a large white house as payment for her success. It is also believed that she walks the 1100 block of St. Anne's Street.
Also, at the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana (about an hour north of New Orleans) is considered the most haunted house in the US (so maybe it is not so unusual). The story revolves around a slave girl who was discovered eavesdropping on her master, who then cut off her ear. In revenge, the slave poisoned a birthday cake eaten by the wife and two young children that killed the three of them. Some claim that the slave girl only meant to make the three members of the family sick, but mixed the poison too strong.
The slave girl was put to death--and the rumor is that the family still haunts the house and the slave girl haunts the grounds.
P.S. Forgot to mention--we had a TV show on here in the US lately that traces some of our celebrities' family heritage. Among one of the unusual things discovered by Sara Jessica Parker (of Sex and the City fame) is that three of her female predecessors were among those accused of being witches and that were burned at the stake as a result.
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