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Illinois Ghost Towns


Illinois ghost towns exist as empty holes in the ground. Nothing remains of the home our town except a stone cellar. Sometimes you can see old, broken bottles, or bits of pottery shards, the only reminders that once upon a time, there was a family, or a town that had lived there.

If you love American history, you and your family can search out these old home sites. It’s an exciting adventure that will give you the opportunity to understand how difficult it was for those first pioneers to live under harsh conditions.



Do you enjoy metal detecting? If so, then searching for these lost old towns will give you the opportunity to find some exciting relics from the past. This page explains where some of the ghost towns exist. All of the information you need to locate these old towns is inside my entire website.

And if you are interested in viewing a video trailer of my TV series,  “Ghost Towns of the East” please visit here.

Illinois Ghost Towns

Here is a list of some of those gone but not forgotten towns. Have fun, and good luck in your search for Illinois ghost towns. And who knows, you may find some abandoned buildings to explore.

Adams County

Chattan, is located approximately 4 miles south of Bowen.

Brown County

Marden, is located approximately 3 miles northeast of Fish Hook.

De Kalb County

Rollo, is located approximately 5 miles northeast of Earlville.

Henderson County

Hopper, is located approximately 3 miles east of Carman.

Jo Davies County

Apple River, is located approximately 5 miles west of Warren.

Lee County

West Bradford, is located approximately 3 miles south of Ashton.

Warren County

Utah, is located approximately 3 miles northeast of Coldbrook.

Here Is A Ghost Towns of America Website

You can discover many more in your drives, or hikes by paying attention to the signs of a nearby old town. Those signs, and how to look for them I have wrote about in detail in my report, "Gone But Not Forgotten, Ghost Towns of the Eastern States."

In this ebook, learn how to locate the Illinois ghost towns by recognizing certain signs. And if you enjoy metal detecting, read about a real ghost town mini cache my partner John located.

Available only as an instant download.

Do You Metal Detect?

Are You Interested In A Metal Detector Or Accessories?

Using a metal detector around the old Illinois towns can be an exciting adventure.

If you do not own a metal detector and you are thinking of purchasing one, do not over spend. Too often, newcomers to the hobby buy expensive detectors only to discover nothing but confusion about how to use their new model.

If you spend between $350-$450 on a new model, that is good enough. Just read the owners manual, and practice with your detector, and you will do fine. Move up to the high end models after you have become proficient in the hobby.

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Illinois Ghost towns Are A Great Place To Metal Detect!


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