We research, explore, & promote the preservation of the coolest ghost towns & historic locations in Ohio! Our group also goes on several road trips every year to discover what’s physically left of them. If you’re planning a trip & need more info or have any other questions, message us through the contact form, email to ohioghosttowns@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook. Everyone is welcome to post pictures, videos, & info about anything historical in Ohio on there. We also accept research requests for towns in Ohio, abandoned or still around, & can assist with getting started on genealogy & working through roadblocks. GPS coordinates attached to the town listings are linked to Google Maps & open in a new tab. The coordinates usually either pinpoint the center of the town or its most recognized landmark & best starting point for exploring an area.

Info is continually added to this website on a weekly & sometimes daily basis. Initial completion of the County Data Charts, also listed by county on their respective pages, occurred in August of 2019. Many more resources were added to our list since starting on them in early 2017. The descriptions have since expanded to include more info such as where important buildings were that are no longer around, who owned or operated them, & lots of postal info. 34 data charts need to be ran through the resources a second time & all of the counties will eventually be updated with additional pictures & info. The Top 10 lists also occasionally get amended as needed. Any info deemed to be inaccurate either gets corrected or removed upon verification.

Counties updated in August – Auglaize, Ashtabula, Crawford, Hamilton, Hardin, Lake, Preble, Union, Sandusky, & Shelby

Some of our group members & website fans are interested in the potential for paranormal activity at the locations, but it’s a very small percentage of the massive historical research we do. The listings usually start with the founding of the towns, then moves on to their heyday, & ends with what physically remains today. Reports of ghost stories are included in applicable listings, but it’s not something we look for to begin with or seek out exclusively. We don’t do private residence investigations & there are links to traditional paranormal groups which offer investigations free of charge on our Research Resources page.

This website & our other online pages are a treasure trove of info for history buffs, genealogists, ghost hunters, metal detecting enthusiasts, & anyone in Ohio looking for different than usual things to check out & do. The towns are categorized into 4 classifications: ghost, semi – ghost, historic, & small towns. We prefer to research & explore completely abandoned towns, but during our travels over the years we’ve discovered that almost every town has at least a little bit of a ghost town within it.   

One of the best ways to learn about history is to go where it happened. The people who lived in some of the towns are long gone, but the stories continue to be told through the buildings & items that were left behind.

Company Motto & Favorite Quote: “Hold this rope & pull me out if I start screaming.”

Please take as many precautions as possible when exploring ghost towns & abandoned places. It can be a dangerous hobby at times with many different ways to get injured, which can quickly ruin a trip. If you’re going with a group, splitting up responsibilities such as navigation, safety, & designating a medic adds to the fun & gives each member something particular to focus on.

*Some Things To Keep In Mind While Exploring*

– You Can Never Be Too Prepared –

Many of the locations listed on this website are out in the middle of nowhere & a long way from main roads & hospitals. Carefully examine your trip route, make sure your vehicle is rough roadworthy, & take everything you might need to be prepared for any travel or exploring emergency. Some suggested items are: at least a small medical kit, extra batteries, flashlights, a hiking stick, water, snacks, a cell phone, gps, compass, & maps of your planned destination. 

– Rough Terrain & Dangerous Indoor Environments – 

Watch every step you take, especially when going off trail, & be mindful of any potential hazards. Don’t go anywhere that might be harder to get out of than it is to get in. Never engage in rock climbing or mine shaft exploring without proper education of the location & without sufficient gear.

– Keep Track Of Where You Are – 

Getting lost is one of the worst things that can happen while exploring & greatly increases the chances of injury. Look for landmarks, the easiest ways back to a main trail, & make sure you know the way back to your vehicle at all times.

– Take Warning Signs Seriously –

Don’t venture beyond any no trespassing or warning signs, do not enter, dangerous area, or closed trail signs at any location. It’s disappointing running into them at cool places sometimes, but they really are there for your safety. On top of the possibility of injury, you could ticketed & fined or even arrested.

– Encountering Wildlife & Vegetation –

Snakes, bees, spiders, & animals love ghost towns & abandoned buildings too, so do sticker bushes & poison ivy. Keep an eye out for any signs of life. Be careful when moving plants or objects & watch where you place your hands & feet. Always wear pants or jeans & durable shoes or boots. We also recommend taking air horns & animal spray repellents.

– Being A Respectful & Responsible Explorer –

Give respect to all public & private property. Many of the places on this website have historical values that can not be replaced. Leave them the same or better than when you got there. If you take a garbage bag when visiting ghost towns or cemeteries & pick up any trash you find, you can make a good difference for the environment, local wildlife, & other visitors. We don’t expect anyone to clean up an entire location themselves, but any bit helps & every bag counts.

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