Alaska has many ghost towns within its borders. Most of them are relics of the Gold Rush days when miners stampeded and swarmed to find the precious ore around 1897-98. After the claims played out, the towns died.
Other ghost towns are the result of natural disasters such as the 1964 earthquake, which left the area uninhabitable. In some places, the land dropped and the sea rushed in. There is volcanic activity in other areas.
In many former ghost towns, new residents have opened Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns and there are Historical Museums to depict the town's former glory.