5 Utah Ghost Towns You Simply Must Explore

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5 Utah Ghost Towns You Simply Must Explore. There’s no better time than Memorial Day Weekend to fill the gas tank and head out on an impromptu road trip, armed with nothing but a case of diet Pepsi and a box of Capt. Crunch. But where to go? If you’ve got the slightest bit of spooky sense, you should hit one of these five iconic ghost towns. Just be out of there by nightfall…

 

1. Cisco, Utah:

 

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You’ve seen this creepy burg in multiple movies; “Thelma and Louise,” “Vanishing Point,” “Don’t Come Knocking” and the Johnny Cash song “Cisco Clifton’s Filling Station.” The snake-infested little town is chock full of crumbling buildings and “out of nowhere” gunshot sounds.

 

2. Grafton, Utah:

 

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Another “movie star” town is Grafton, featured in “Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.” Grafton was abandoned in the mid-1800’s during the Black Hawk War, when residents were terrified of Native American raids. If you listen closely, you can hear the sounds of war drums, and a wailing widow is seen wandering through the graveyard, looking for her lost love.

 

3. Thistle, Utah:

 

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Thistle was a pleasant, bustling little town until the landslide in 1983 that damned the Spanish Fork River and flooded the town. Terrified residents fled with whatever they could carry. The town was buried under 100 feet of water and because Thistle Lake. The lake’s been drained since, but the creepy, subterranean remains of the town are bone-chilling. Searchers report seeing mysterious muddy footprints going no where, and finding water stains soaking their belongings stacked on dry ground.

 

4. Osiris, Utah:

 

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The Holt Family descended on this little town in 1910 and constructed a huge creamery next to a river in Black Canyon. Mysteriously, they insisted on naming the town Osiris after the Egyptian God of the Afterlife. The town’s population started dwindling when mysterious forms were spotted rambling through the canyon, loping alongside wagons with glowing eyes. Other townsfolk reported wailing and mysterious altars set up in the creamery. Visit during the day, locals say the road in and out of town sometimes becomes blocked by boulders and fallen trees after dark.

 

5. Frisco, Utah:

 

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The Silver Fever that infested miners in Utah’s San Francisco Mountains in 1875 blew Little Frisco into a wildly busy town, filled with brothels, bars and gambling halls. At it’s peak, sheriffs reported at least 10 deaths a day from drunken gun battles. Ten years later, a deadly cave-in at the town’s biggest mine nearly emptied the town. Miners struggling to remain were eventually scared off by The Widow in White, a wailing spectre looking for her lost love in the mine. Visitors at night report hearing  wails and screams coming from the old bordello and the smell of gunpowder in the air.

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