The Aleutians have their share of ghost towns. The biggest Aleutian Island, Unimak, presently has only one town, False Pass, with less than a hundred people. But at one time there were two towns, and in addition two Coast Guard light stations, and a DEW Line radar facility.
The government installations were linked by a unpaved road, and had an airstrip for large planes. Scotch Cap lighthouse wasn’t too impressive, except for the foundations of the original lighthouse, demolished by a tsunami in 1946. The replacement, a concrete bunker of a place, was built back farther from the cliffs. The USCG wasn’t taking any more chances.
The big facility was Cape Sarichef light station, ten miles from Scotch Cap. Sarichef had begun as a lifesaving station, with rescue boats. The station had been abandoned in 1979. Pretty much everything had been left behind. Too costly to fly stuff out. Visiting hunters had vandalized the place, but it was more or less intact by the time I saw it in 1991, to sheets on the beds and balls on the pool table.
There was a DEW Line radar station nearby, built on top of a cinder cone (small volcano). A gigantic building with no windows. Hardened for bombing, presumably. The USCG station had all of its signs still up. You could tell what each building and room had been. But at the DEW Line station every single sign, label, and door nameplate had been removed when it was decommissioned in 1969. Talk about Cold War paranoia.
A friend and I backpacked around the entire island in the 1991. 220 miles. It had been so long since humans had frequented this part of the island that animals had forgotten about them. The brown bears and foxes would walk by you, as if you weren’t there. Caribous treated us like wolves and charged us, then circled us a few yards away. A behavior they use for scaring off wolves.
All the government installations were demolished and removed in 1999.