The desert plains across the USA play home to a plethora of Wild West towns that went from being booming mining villages to lifeless towns

Calico remained a ghost town for 100-plus years but, thanks to Walter Knott

Thousands of people came to settle in the town of Rhyolite in the early 20th century. Located 120 miles (193km) northwest of Las Vegas

 it was a prosperous place to be, until the San Francisco earthquake and financial crisis hit in 1907

Rhyolite is one of the most photographed ghost towns in the West and visitors are drawn to its intriguing collection

Goldfield, Arizona, USA

town was never fully revived and Goldfield, (later renamed Youngsberg), was left to go to wrack and ruin

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