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I was looking at a list of ghost towns and found that there are hundreds of them throughout the US and Canada.
I decided to visit one that was near me and it was full of huge abandoned buildings. I went inside these buildings and much of them were well preserved and untouched. There were dusts and molds, but that was it, it was clear no one had been in these things in decades.
How possible would it be to re inhabit one of these ghost towns? Who officially owns these properties if anyone?
. . . . "If the land was ever patented then it has either gone to the county for taxes or has an private owner. I am NOT a spokesman for the BLM, I am an citizen advisor to an BLM Resouce Advisory Council and I've been commenting, lobbying, providing input as a citizen to the BLM for over 40 years so I can assure you than if the BLM, Forest Service, National Parks Service, and even DOD facilities in my area will show the proper concern about protecting those little bits of unpatented history they manage! Messing with history requires a management plan and public comment. The government requires any significant action be reviewed by the public with several acts of Congress including various Archeological Protection acts and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA review is required on anything from building fence to developing a fire management plan which would and does take in account ghost towns on public and private land. They can fill a mineshaft after NEPA review, they can allow a modern company to raze a section of ghost town after NEPA review BUT if enough citizens comment, the mitigation required in the final approval will be much better than if the public keeps quiet."