North Bloomfield, CA
Remains: The church, school, barber shop, fire department, and lots of other buildings
A couple of miners discovered gold nuggets on the San Juan Ridge in 1851, one of whom later bragged about it at a local saloon. When he went back to the creek to find more, he was unknowingly followed by other prospectors who wanted in on the loot. When none of them found any gold, however, they named the creek “Humbug.” Shortly thereafter, the advent of hydraulic mining turned Humbug into a “bustling” town of about 2,000 people, at which point it was renamed North Bloomfield. By the early 1880s, North Bloomfield had eight saloons, five hotels, several groceries, a couple of breweries, a church, a school, and a butcher shop. However, when hydraulic mining was made illegal in 1884 due to environmental concerns, the town was abandoned. The ghost town is located in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park and most of the buildings are in great shape, which makes this abandoned spot one of the eerier ones to visit.