Old mining towns may be abandoned today, however, these small ghost towns are filled with a rich past and have a lot to teach visitors about the region’s history.
Minnesota has its share of ghost towns that people abandoned for one reason or another. When the last person leaves, though, it’s not always the end of the story. Take, for example, the place that likes to call itself “the biggest little town in the world.” Emmaville, Minn. northeast of Park Rapids, Minn., is back from the dead – at least for now.
Two Fargo radio personalities who photographed the remains of western North Dakota’s pioneer towns for a coffee table book discovered a surprise when they returned for volume 2. Some of the “ghost” towns had come back to life, thanks largely to the oil boom.