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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A once thriving town, especially a boomtown of the American West, that has been completely abandoned.

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  • n. A town which has become deserted, usually due to failing economic activity.
  • n. An Internet forum that lacks active users.
  • n. Figurative. An artist who lacks a fanbase.

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  • n. a deserted settlement (especially in western United States)

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  • Don't forget the lovely Centralia, PA. :-(

    February 6, 2008

  • noun
    Date: 1931
    : a once-flourishing town wholly or nearly deserted usually as a result of the exhaustion of some natural resource

    _Wikipedia

    Also as the result of an ecological disaster as in the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, New York or Chernobyl

    February 6, 2008