A former government housing community in central Mineral County, 1 mile north of Hawthorne.

Established in 1941, Babbitt was a government housing facility hroughout World War II. The town was expanded and additional housing was constructed to accommodate the growing number of military personnel who were relocated to the Hawthorne Naval Ammunition Base. Babbitt was slowly dismantled in the subsequent decades following the Korean War. Its very last residents left in 1987 and only a school and a bowling alley remained in operation for some years afterwards.

Today, Babbitt is occasionally occupied by a few stray military personnel, but other than that the town remains a ghost. Public access into Babbitt has become increasingly difficult over the years. The town still belongs to the Hawthorne Naval Ammunition Base and there is almost always one guard posted at the entrance gate. Babbitt is quite picturesque with its Cottonwood tree-lined streets and abandoned suburban homes that make a great hour's outing if you can gain access.

  • Former military town of Babbitt
  • Former military town of Babbitt


Status: Ghost Town
Population: None
Founded: November 1941

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How to Get Here:
Babbitt is located 1 mile north of Hawthorne on US 95.
- Look for an unsigned paved road heading west toward the mountains. Upon reaching the entrance gate ask to see "the golf course."