MSN News reports on Sunday, the once lifeless, ghost town Grantville in George has come to live with tourism after acting as a location for several scenes for the hit series 'The Walking Dead' was filled there.
After the cotton mill closed in the rural Georgia town of Grantsville, the town slowly went on the decline. Residents left, storefronts faded, and buildings were decayed.
Over the decades, the town turned into the perfect modern day set for 'The Walking Dead' as it looked almost post-apocalyptic.
The brick archway shown with bodies of walkers slain is what remains from a cotton mill building.
Every Saturday, tourists visit from around the country and world. Last summer alone, more than 3,600 visitors took a free tour led by the Grantville Mayor Jim Sells. Visitors have come from Australia, Singapore, and Brazil to see the place where the scenes from the "Clear" episode were filmed.
Other movies, 'Lawless' and 'Broken Bridges', were filmed in Grantville, Ga, but neither brought tourism.
'But once this episode aired from The Walking Dead, people started showing up from all over,' Mayor Sellers said.
Other rural towns in Georgia host scenes for 'The Walking Dead.'
Nearby Senoia's historic downtown is the setting for the fictional town of Woodbury.
Haralson offers tours each weekend for fans to enter the barn that was the scene of an ambush.
Atlanta offers tours for the rooftop scene in the first season which was filmed on top of the roof of the old Norfolk Southern headquarters on the southern edge of downtown.
Mayor Sells has optimism for Grantville's future. Last month Jim Carrey signed autographs and posed for pictures in Grantville after filming scenes for the new 'Dumb and Dumber To.' Sells hopes that all the attention to the town brings new businesses.
The season premiere airs October 13, 2013 on AMC.