25 Hauntingly Weird American Towns That Captivate Mystery-Seekers

Published 2 weeks ago

The internet is a treasure trove of all things weird and wonderful, and when it comes to discussing the eerie and unsettling, few platforms can match the intrigue of Reddit. Recently, one curious Redditor posed a question that piqued the interest of netizens everywhere: “What’s the creepiest town in the USA in your opinion?” What followed was a flood of responses, each offering a glimpse into the darker corners of towns around the US.

From abandoned ghost towns to communities shrouded in mystery and folklore, the thread quickly became a virtual campfire where users shared their tales of the supernatural and unexplained. Scroll below to read some answers.

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Gary, Indiana.


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How has no one said Harrison Arkansas? It’s the home of the [infamous clan with a ‘k’], and they aren’t shy about it.


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Covington VA.

I’ve told this story before and I’ll tell it again.

A few years ago I worked as a subcontractor to banks. I was the guy who would knock on your door and tell you to call your bank on a missed payment.

Anyway, I was driving in a new job territory. And as I’m driving down the road, all of a sudden, I come upon a massive fog bank. It takes a good 5 minutes to drive through it. Then once I reach the other end, it was like someone just cut the fog with a knife. It suddenly ended, and it’s stone cold quite. I mean I even stopped my car and listened. No birds. No wind. No sound.

Feeling creeped out, I slowly drive a bit more. And come out on top of a mountain looking down into the city valley. And it smells like hotdog water. I didn’t know it then but that was due to the paper factory.

As I drove into town, it was just one store front closed after another. It all felt like a Steven King movie. The whole town seemed like a zombie insect. Dead but still moving somehow.

As if all that wasn’t enough, the cherry on top was seeing a few [totalitarian] flags flying in front of people’s houses.

After seeing those, I got out of there as fast as I could.


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Most towns in East Texas, close to the LA border. They don’t want you there, and they’ll let you know it. I’m a white Texas native, and I don’t even feel welcome.


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Centralia, PA. Has been on fire for over 50 years.


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Gotta say it. My wife and I were vacationing in Bar Harbor, Maine, and decided to drive to the easternmost point in the US. So we made it Lubec, Maine. It was kind of foggy and looked totally deserted. I get Stephen King novels now.


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Salton Sea, CA went to clean out a family members house after they passed…didn’t see a single car on the road…or human…that whole weekend. Felt sooo creepy.


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Colorado City, Arizona. F**k you, Warren Jeffs.


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Amboy, California

All of the stories are true. I lived out in 29 palms while my husband was stationed there a few years back. I heard stories of people getting run off the road, people pretending to have gotten in a car crash so you stop and help, candles being set up in the middle of the road, etc. His chain of command even had a meeting with them before the marine corps ball about not stopping on amboy because of how dangerous it was. I worked out there too and I know at least 10-15 bodies have been found in the last few years.


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Whittier, Alaska

Most of the town’s residents live in a single apartment building. There’s nothing else there. The town is accessible by water and a one-way tunnel through the mountain.


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Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The Moth Man is hiding there, somewhere.


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East St Louis, IL. Never seen a town that looked post-apocalyptic before going through there.


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Shreveport is like The Last Of Us at night time.


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Danville illinois. It is also dangerous as f**k.


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Clovis, NM. Where criminals go to hide.


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Medicine Bow, WY. I only stayed in the hotel for a night but it was super creepy. Lights off in the front and hasn’t been renovated since early 1900s with a bunch of creepy Victorian Era paintings and mouse s**t everywhere.


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My vote is with Las Vegas. Lotta desperate and creepy people and that is just the tourists. The flashing lights and constant sound failed to distract me from the dark underbelly that is right in your face.


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Barstow, California. It’s the convergence of highways in the middle of nowhere. It’s like an entire town of unhinged hitchhikers who got dumped there. Freaky s**t.


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I’ve traveled through a lot of tiny little back towns all around the western US. In southeastern California, the towns up the west shore of the Salton Sea have a unique kind of eerieness I’ve never felt anywhere else. Towns like Salton City, Desert Shores, and Oasis.

The Salton Sea, for those unfamiliar, is an inland body of saltwater. Back around the 1960s, a bunch of little resort towns popped up along its shores. But sometime in the 70s or 80s, a combination of agricultural runoff and wild variations in the salinity of the sea caused fish to die off in massive numbers. The stench of rotting fish pretty well killed the tourism industry, and the towns along the sea have never recovered. They’re not quite ghost towns, there are still a few thousand people living in each of the cities I named. But they’re only a fraction of the population they once had. I could definitely feel sort of a depressing weight on the towns, and the dead fish smell is still to this day a constant presence all along the seashore.


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Vidor, Texas. Super racist east Texas piney woods.


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Florida, Missouri

Creepy, creepy, creepy.

I just checked. It’s now listed as uninhabited (by the living). I’m not surprised.


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As a minority, Kingman az. I used to live near there. It’s such a f*****g racist a*s sundown town, that sasha baron cohen did a piece there for his show Who is America? He f****d with them in a fake town hall meeting where he was proposing to build a mosque in town. It was not received well, and that town of racist f*****g lunatics showed their true colors!


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I grew up in the poorest town in America. Littleton , West Virginia. It’s not even Incorporated anymore and is literally been articled on Google as the poorest most depressing place in America and most definitely in Appalachia.

My parents moved us there when I was about 3 out of the city in Pittsburgh when a flood destroyed the whole street of houses we lived on. The city bought it out to put a trolley track through. My parents were off with the wind.

I think at the time my parents thought we were going to move to the country and it was going to be peaceful and quiet and we could start over. Between the [substance] epidemic, the poverty levels, and the reality of living in such a rural area with limited access to close jobs and stores was far different.

I wouldn’t change it now that I’m grown , but I definitely saw some things that fit the Appalachian uneducated narrative, trauma and bad parenting etc . However though, I also met many people who are incredibly kind , well-educated , well-rounded human beings and I do not think that the stereotype is fair.

A lot of people hear a person is from West Virginia and immediately assume that they’re uneducated , don’t wear shoes and are inbred living in a shack with No electric.
Sadly not true at all and all of those things can be relevant in other places across the world.
But Littleton , West Virginia definitely is a wasteful black hole of a place , and not a pleasant place to grow up By any means.


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Tonopah, Nevada. Clown Motel next to a cemetery full of infants and workers who [perished] in a silver mine.


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It’s barely a town anymore but definitely Mineral Springs, Missouri.

It was once a bustling town with a famous hot spring, but it dried up. Now various people live in very old houses with no electricity. No one knows their names but they send one person into town a month for groceries.

If you’re there very long at all, they WILL shoot at you.

Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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