Findlay, Ohio: Ghost Town (In Transition)

Faux-western tourist attraction, closed before 2008. Nov. 2015: Still closed, but under new ownership with future events planned using preserved and repaired buildings.
10630 Hancock County Road 40, Findlay, OH
State Route 68 south of Findlay, west on Hancock County Road (CR) 40 for 1.2 mi, on the right.
Not open as an attraction.
In Transition
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Ghost town inhabitant, 2004.

Ghost Town

The Ghost Town just south of Findlay will open for several events during 2016. The new owner has done many repairs to the numerous buildings. The town is looking better by the day. There will be an Arts and Crafts Show on the 3rd weekend of April, and an Antique Show and Flea Market Bonanza on the 4th weekend of April (vendor slots available - 419-270-2667).

[Kevin Carpenter, 11/12/2015]
Ghost Town - Closed

I'm sorry to say that Ghost Town is closed. We took a chance and stopped on our way up to Michigan. The back roads to get there are fun...they go through corn fields and there are some nice old houses to get a look at. But, unfortunately, Ghost Town is really a ghost town. There is an opening in the fence you can walk through, but the grass and weeds are overgrown and the buildings are padlocked shut.

[Jennifer Pack, 08/23/2008]

Entrance sign for Ghost Town.

Ghost Town

We were pleased to find Ghost Town still open to the public, and still maintained by Mr. Galitza, who took over after his father passed away. He went out of his way to get the attractions ready for us -- we were the first visitors that day, and probably this year (He was a little delayed because of so much rain.).

It was similar to how I remembered it from my last visit in 1973, but with an added sitting area in the middle of the "town." There was music playing as well to help set the tone as we walked around : "Bonanza", and the themes from every Clint Eastwood Western... My children had a great time exploring the old country store, the jail, and Boot Hill. There is even a covered bridge that Mr. Galitza and his father built themselves. Lots of cool antiques, and great mannequins in some displays.

[Linda Reynolds, 07/15/2004]
Findlay Ghost Town

Ghost town replica containing around a dozen full size historically accurate buildings such as a general store, bank, post office, and sheriff station. Several buildings contain museum quality exhibits such as an Indian artifact collection and a collection of old funeral carriages. They also have an actual train locomotive, a few train cars and a caboose on display. Practically forgotten, but still beautifully maintained and still listed in the Ohio AAA guide.

[Anon., 06/11/2002]

At some point, Findlay Ghost Town featured Casper the Friendly Ghost on billboards as its mascot. Another old note: they have a miniature Statue of Liberty.

Sign for Ghost Town.

Ghost Town - Closed Kid Park?

On a Rand Mcnally Atlas it is listed in pink and the most north western part of Ohio (attractions in pink are parks, theme parks, etc I believe). In an effort to find something creepy we headed out from Pittsburgh, PA. It took about 10 hours and after initially missing the sign for the turn we finally arrived at the Ghost Town.

Only we discovered that it was a closed children's attraction, centered around old cowboy/train myths (with entirely kid-sized buildings). There were no trespassing signs posted all over the place. There is a small residential house about 50 feet from the fence that surrounds the Ghost Town, and although old polka music could be heard emitting from within no one answered our calls. It's not very big at all (in all it's about as big as a McDonald's and its parking lot) certainly not worthy of being shown on a road atlas. Just wanted to let you know, so you could warn all people from making the trek out there as they will be greatly disappointed.

[Stephanie, 10/28/2000]

Findlay is always worth a visit; the town owns the bathtub from the Battleship Maine! Here is a photo from our stop at Ghost Town in 1985...

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