By sorting through my digital files I was able to put together a nice collection of photographs I found on the web depicting some ghost towns. One of these is Mescal, Arizona which doubles as a movie set and I believe the other might be Bodie, California. Both websites have more pictures and information on the towns.
Ghost towns can be great settings for western plots and adventures especially those with a supernatural twist. With the boom and bust cycle of the old west it would not be unusual for characters to find themselves traveling through these deserted towns. These areas would just not be so run down and weathered–just quickly abandoned and starting to fall apart. Ghost towns also make great hideouts for bandit gangs, smugglers, kidnappers, and even rustlers (I’m thinking of a recent book that had the rustlers hiding stolen cattle in an abandoned mine shaft).