ghost-town

ghost town

noun
a town permanently abandoned by its inhabitants, as because of a business decline or because a nearby mine has been worked out.

Origin:
1870–75

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ghost town
 
n
a deserted town, esp one in the western US that was formerly a boom town

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ghost town definition


A town, especially a boomtown in the old American West, that has been completely abandoned and deserted: “If you drive through the desert, you can still see the main street of Dry Gulch, a ghost town.”

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