Uncanny Accounts: A Ghost Town’s Tale in Red Dead Redemption

As spooky times continue over on Virtual Bastion, in this Uncanny Account, I told the tale of two Tumbleweeds, a thriving town in Red Dead Redemption 2 that turned ghostly in Red Dead Redemption. and 2.


Not much of a welcome committee in Tumbleweed in Red Dead Redemption.

No matter how an individual player navigates the main quests in Red Dead Redemption, one always ends rather roughly in Tumbleweed. Located in the western part of New Austin, in the region called Gaptooth Ridge, lies this abandoned town with, thanks to storytelling in Red Dead Redemption 2, an uneasy history. Practically since the release of Red Dead Redemption a decade ago, players have known about Tumbleweed’s “ghostly” state, and many have sought to find evidence that its empty, ruined mansion is haunted. In my own playthroughs, I’ve never seen any apparitions floating about in Tumbleweed, but I have read multiple accounts of just that. That under the right conditions one can come across everything from ghostly footprints leading in to the town to a spectral being “living” in the dilapidated mansion. Given what players learn…

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