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.

How to locate these eastern ghost towns is completely explained throughout my website. You can begin your search for Illinois ghost towns by visiting my homepage here.

And if you are interested in viewing a video trailer of my TV series

“Ghost Towns of the East” please visit here.

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.

Adams County

Bernard, is located approximately 2 1/2 miles east of Liberty.Chattan, is located approximately 4 miles south of Bowen.

Brown County

Daisy, is located approximately 7 miles north of Mount Sterling.Marden, is located approximately 3 miles northeast of Fish Hook.

Carroll County

Barth, is located approximately 8 1/2 miles northwest of Carroll.Hickey Grove, is located approximately 5 miles east of Savanna.

De Kalb County

Elva Station, is located approximately 6 miles south of DeKalb.Rollo, is located approximately 5 miles northeast of Earlville.

Grundy County

Gorman, is located approximately 2 1/2 miles southwest of Coal City.Langham, is located approximately 6 miles southeast of Seneca.

Henderson County

Baldbluff, is located approximately 4 miles west of Little York.Hopper, is located approximately 3 miles east of Carman.

Jo Davies County

Apple River, is located approximately 5 miles west of Warren.Old Hanover, is located approximately 4 miles southwest of Hanover.

Lee County

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

Ogle County

Myrtle, is located approximately 5 1/2 miles northwest of Byron.

Rock Island County

Ferdinand, is located approximately 4 1/2 miles south of Foster.

Warren County

Coldbrook, is located approximately 5 miles west of Galesburg.Utah, is located approximately 3 miles northeast of Coldbrook.

And remember, these are just a few of the hundreds of other ghost towns in this State.

Are You Interested In A Metal Detector Or Accessories?

Using a metal detector around Illinois ghost 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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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.

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