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Mortimer Ghost Town

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A handful of people is all that remains of this town along a creek. Originally established in 1904, Mortimer grew to a population of several hundred because of a thriving lumber industry. In 1916, the Wilson Creek overflowed and a great deluge destroyed the lumber company. Mortimer tried once again to rebuild with the help of a new cotton mill, but another flood in 1940 washed those efforts away. The town slowly faded after that and then the railroad running through the town was melted down for the war effort. You can still see some remains of the mill that the floods did not carry away. The surrounding area is a pretty, green forest. The ghost town is located right on Brown Mountain Beach Road which is easily accessible via Edgemont Road.