9 spooky ghost towns to visit this fall

Time travel still eludes us, but there’s a way to step back into the American West’s astonishing past through ghost towns, each with its own story to tell. And there’s no better time to visit than fall, when temperatures cool and Halloween is on the horizon. Some of the nation’s best tales of horror come from old silver, gold and copper mining towns — places where greed drove gunmen, prospectors and settlers to violence and mayhem. Who knows? You might scare up a ghost or two in the process. | By Rosemary McClure