Abandoned and Forgotten Communities in Indiana

This is a gallery of abandoned and forgotten communities in Indiana.


Gary, Indiana, was established in 1906 by United States Steel (USS) as the location for its new Gary Works. The city was named after the founding chairman of USS, Elbert Henry Gary. The steel industry brought rapid growth and a diverse population to the city. However, by the 1960s, foreign competition led to the USS laying off workers from its Gary Works. The mill, which had employed over 30,000 people in 1970, declined to just 6,000 by 1990 and 5,000 by 2015. As a result, the city’s population also fell from a peak of 178,320 in 1960 to 80,000 in 2010.


Modoc, Indiana is a small community with a population of less than 200 people. The town is situated along the former Indiana, Bloomington & Western Railway, which was constructed in 1878. The town is named after the Modoc Indian tribe, who were traditionally located in northern California. The tribe is well-known for their resistance against the United States military during the Modoc War, which came to an end in 1873.


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