The major cities of the United States are among the most influential in the world. Today, more than 5 in every 6 Americans live in an urban area, and cities like New York and Los Angeles are centers of the world’s economy and culture. But America has also been home to many cities that won’t show up on a map today. Together, we’ll take a look at these cities left behind by history. Let’s explore!

Cities in this video:

Bodie, California
Bannack, Montana
Goldfield, Nevada,
Virginia City, Nevada
Jeffrey City, Wyoming
Bingham Canyon, Utah
Centralia, Pennsylvania
Brooklyn, New York
Northern Liberties, Southwark, and Spring Garden, Pennsylvania
Marblehead, Massachusetts
Newport, Rhode Island
Salem, Massachusetts,
Albany, New York
Detroit, Michigan
New Amsterdam (New York City)
Alburquerque (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Cahokia

Moundville
Pueblo Grande
Casa Grande
Mesa Grande
Snaketown
Gila Cliff Dwellings
Paquime
Mesa Verde
Chaco Canyon

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Image Credits:

All Creative Commons Images are free to use under their respective licenses

Bannack: By Mark Holloway, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65383545

Cahokia City: By Herb Roe, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52376985

“Jakob with the brush” by Odense Bys Museer is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Gold pan: By AlaskaMining at English Wikipedia, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4738560

Visitors: by tq2cute, CC BY 2.0.

Bannack from above: By Mark Holloway, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65383539

Goldfield High School: By Vivaverdi – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8338359

VC, NV: By Loren Kerns from Tigard, Oregon, USA – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50893375

Centralia Road: By Brian W. Schaller – Own work, FAL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55571397

Clapping: By Mozilla, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59726387

10: By Sergeant Tom Robinson RLC – OGL v1.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27012246

Marblehead boats: By Oceanhistory – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=81283681

Detroit Packard Plant: By Albert duce – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10103075

USA relief map: By Uwe Dedering – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11267350

Cahokia locator maps: Signore Galilei, CC BY-SA 3.0 based on above.

St. Louis: By IIP Photo Archive, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79754359

Select images courtesy Google Earth

Cahokia Causeway: By Herb Roe, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65613893

Cholula: By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30696957

“Lingyin Temple” by Banalities, CC BY 2.0.

Baghdad: By Hammody.90 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=95565889

Natchez Flag: By Xasartha – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32097364

Emerald Mound: By Herb Roe, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6898164

Mississippian map: By Herb Roe, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9614331

Cahokia Sunrise: By Herb Roe, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64913567

Natchez mound: By Herb Roe, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6876420

Moundville: By Herb Roe – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=91296608

Sugarloaf Mound: By Parker Botanical – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21814640

Pueblo Grande Canals: By Scotwriter21 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=109986937

Pueblo Grande Village: By Marine 69-71 at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32021982

Hohokam Canal: By Argon233 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14659355

Replica Hohokam home: By Marine 69-71 at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32022312

Oasisamerica map: By Yuchitown – File:Oasisamerican cultures circa 1350 CE.png, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=85187539

Casa Grande: By Greg Hume – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17890939

Mesa Grande: By Argon233 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14659355

Sites map: By Ricraider – Ricraider, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29030116

Mesa Verde: By Rationalobserver – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40948864

Copper bells: By AlejandroLinaresGarcia – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15225816

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