The Ghost Towns of Cook and Silverton.

Photo: Disused building in the self-proclaimed ghost town of Cook, South Australia. (Image: John Darrington/Wikimedia)
Connected to Eyre Highway by 100km of dirt road, Cook’s current population can be counted on one hand.
The town was established in 1917 along with the Trans-Australian Railway, the longest stretch of straight railway in the world.
Cook was once home to a bush hospital which advertised itself with a sign at the station saying, “If you’re crook, come to Cook.”
Previously relying on an underground artesian aquifer, the town’s water supply is now carried in by train.
It has become a pit-stop for those traveling in luxury on the Indian-Pacific, where passengers can alight and wander through.
Photo: Old railway platform for the defunct Silverton Tramway. (Image: Conollyb/Wikimedia)
The small town of Silverton was once a silver-ore mining hub and home to around 3000 people.
It wasn’t until 1875, when two men drilling a well on a station just south of the area hit a deposit of silver, that the town was officially established some 10 years later.
But it was with the discovery of an even richer ore body in Broken Hill that led to the abandonment of the town.
Today it has a permanent population of around 50 people.
The Silverton Hotel remains standing and has been featured in a number of Australian film productions.
Source: Australia’s top 10 ghost towns – Australian Geographic

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