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A Sicilian Ghost Town Wants To Spring Back To Life and You Can Help
S icily is a little slice of heaven in the Mediterranean and now you have the opportunity to own part of it and make it even more beautiful.
Poggioreale, a town located in the western part of the island, was hit by an earthquake in 1968 and has been deserted by its inhabitants since the catastrophe. Currently empty, the town remains frozen in time, with cobbled streets still lined with frescoes, and students’ writing still on school chalkboards, reported CNN Travel . However, the mayor of the newly built Poggioreale, further down the valley, is planning to give the old town a new lease on life.
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Mayor Girolamo Cangelosi told CNN Travel, “Ever since the 1968 earthquake, this stunning village has been empty. I want to bring it back from the grave and make it shine again as it did in the past.” He has been tirelessly raising funds for the restoration, tracking down former Poggioreale residents and their families who now reside all over the world.
“I’m touring the world to reconnect with local families who have long left,” he said, “but still feel a strong attachment to their hometown and want to help.”
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Cangelosi’s vision is to turn Poggioreale into a vacation retreat, complete with artisan shops, bars, restaurants, and boutiques. He is even considering selling some of the houses for a symbolic one Euro — a little more than one US dollar — to people willing to invest 50,000 Euros in restoring a property.
A group of volunteers supports the mayor’s efforts, headed by Giacinto Musso, whose grandfather died in the earthquake.
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Use These Maps to Find Ghost Towns in Your Area
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Visiting a (genuine) ghost town is one of the closest things we have to time travel. This is especially the case when you come across a building or home that looks as though its occupants suddenly disappeared during the course of a day, without packing up any belongings before they left.
And while some ghost towns—like Bodie, California , which is now a state historic park—are well-known tourist destinations, others are harder to find (sometimes because they’re quite literally off the beaten path). There’s also the possibility that there’s a nearby ghost town you never even knew existed.
Fortunately, there are various interactive maps that can point explorers in the right direction. Here are a few examples.
Ghost Towns of America
To create the “ Ghost Towns of America ” map, the team at the telematics company Geolab researched more than 3,800 ghost towns located across all 50 states. To use the map, click on the state you’d like to explore, and you’ll get a brief summary of its ghost towns, including the total number of ghost towns, and the county and metropolitan area that are home to the most abandoned hamlets. The map also offers a more in-depth look at 10 of the country’s ghost towns.
Ghost Town Gallery
The good news: The interactive map on the Ghost Town Gallery website contains fare more detailed information than the one discussed above. The bad news: It only provides that information for ghost towns across nine states in the western part of the U.S. (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah).
United States Ghost Towns
Yes, the interactive map on GhostTowns.com looks a bit outdated, but it’s also one of the most comprehensive and useful ones out there . Again, start by clicking on a state. That will bring up a map of the state divided into numbered sections, and a list of ghost towns below, including the section of the map where they’re located.
You’ll need to pinpoint the exact locations of the towns yourself, but if you click on each name, you’ll be directed to a page giving you the low-down on the ghost town. This includes:
- The county where it’s located
- The type of vehicle you need to access the town (i.e. if a two-wheel drive car is fine, or if a four-wheel drive or off-road vehicle is required)
- The local climate
- The best time of year to visit
- Whether its an entire ghost town, or a mix of abandoned and occupied homes and other structures.
Finally, there’s a paragraph or two on the history of each town, as well as comments on whether or not the remains are worth the visit.
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On rare occasions the stories in funny animal comic books deal with incidents that have taken place a long time before the present in the form of graphic flashbacks. And it is even rarer that such events are of a predominantly negative nature, because in essence, funny animal stories are supposed to be just that - funny. Carl Barks often had a varied approach to his primary characters' doings, as he would sometimes add former events to a new story in order to describe a more integrated and composed side of an individual character. Mostly the reader is just treated to a few titbit-ish scraps of explanatory information of a more supporting yet negative kind. Examples: In WDCS132 'Boonehead or Bonehead?' Donald Duck constantly brags to his Junior Woodchucks nephews that he used to be an excellent boy scout for the Boonehead organisation, which is obviously not the case, and in several gold-related stories Scrooge McDuck recalls several strenuous events such as in U$49 The Loony Lunar Gold Rush during a sizzling hot summer in South Africa's Transvaal region, where he had to run the lengthy journey to Capetown to buy asbestos gloves in order to pick up molten gold.
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Uncle Scrooge » Uncle Scrooge #56 - Mystery of the Ghost Town Railroad released by Boom! Studios on March 1965.
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Uncle Scrooge searches for a long-lost stock certificate he hid in Goldopolis, Nevada.
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