In the Eastern foothills of the Sierras is a well preserved Ghost Town, likely the most authentic you'll ever find. It may be since there is a legendary curse put on those who take anything from the area, so the threat will ensure the town remains in it's state of "arrested decay" for years to come, just like it was when the last resident abandoned their home. It goes like this:
Bodie’s inhabitants were of hardy stock, fiercely possessive of what they had built in this barren desert, and it is said that the long-dead spirits want to ensure that what they left behind remains intact. According to legend, anyone who removes anything-large or small-from the town is cursed with a string of bad luck. Misfortune and tragedy are heaped upon the victim until the stolen item is returned. Some claim that the ghosts of Bodie patrol the crumbling ruins to guard against thieves.
On the way to Lake Tahoe and Reno next. These places are my old stomping grounds so I'm excited to pay a visit!