Many people think ghost towns are places where spirits live and meet to plan unearthly deeds. Well, okay, maybe only a few people think this. Or perhaps it’s just me. In reality, however, ghost towns are not testaments to the spirit world, but rather monuments to real people. The places where they once lived, worked, and dreamed. They give us a fascinating peek into history and allow us to explore a way of life long past.
There are various reasons why a once-thriving community can become a “ghost town.” In the old days, many founding fathers designed their towns to intercept the railroad, which was spreading across the country, bringing prosperity with it. Often, however, the railroad would, for one reason or another, bypass a hopeful village, thereby dooming it to obscurity. Other towns suffered when their population moved to other areas. Still more failed as railroad’s golden age waned. Whatever the reason, today’s traveler can visit many of these locations and, walking the same streets and seeing the same sights as the town’s early inhabitants, get a sense of the past.
At the Englehardt branch of Kent District Library, the Lowell Area Historical Museum has set up a special display giving a short history of several area ghost towns: Fallasburg, Waterville, Moseley, and South Boston to name a few. With the display, which is both visually appealing and educational, the Historical Museum allows students of history and the casual passer-by to glimpse the glory of a bygone era.
Posted by: Craig