Problems and what happened to boomtowns:
It was hard to thrive in a pop-up town, and businesses didn't last long enough there to make a living.
Boomtowns were often left abandoned because the mines were exhausted with no more valuable ore to mine, so people left to find new work elsewhere. Once they were abandoned, they would become ghost towns. Now, many ghost towns are now historical sites for many tourists.
Real Boomtovwn examples:
•Animas Forks, Colorado. This town was built in the 1870’s with much success and business for about 50 years until it was suddenly left abandoned.
•Bannack, Montana. Established in 1862, this town was chaotic and very violent with the sheriff (Henry Plummer) himself being a criminal until he was captured and hung for his crimes.
Bodie, California. (This is a big one) In 1859, William Bodie found a large amount of gold in a place where(now called) Bodie Bluff. A town started to develop by 1861, when a mill was established. By 1880, the population was about 10,000. The environment wasn't so clean in the sense that life was surrounded by money, gold, and alcohol. People would go to saloons or pubs after a long day of work. In fact there were 65 saloons in Bodie. The environment was badly influenced with gamblers and robbers, and death was a daily thing. A common morning phrase was, "Have a man for breakfast?" Aka: who died last night? It has been said that in the diary of a girl moving from San Francisco to Bodie, she wrote, "Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie."
The violent environment in Bodie was mostly the same in most boomtowns. Violence was prominent mostly because most boomtowns didn't have order, and lacked a public safety department.