So for the past few years I have been stalking the internet for anything and everything abandoned! I think aside from theme parks, cities rank pretty high on my list of amazing abandoned places to look at and learn the history of, here is a list of my 5 favorites.
#5 – Pripyat in the Ukraine
Pripyat is a town literally frozen in time after the 1986 Chernobyl reactor meltdown. To this day, the site is very unsafe for humans to enter and the ones that do still need to wear gear to protect them from the radiation. The wildlife in the area has taken over since the humans left and have made Pripyat their own. The city consists of a theme park, apartment buildings, schools and much more.
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#4 Fishing Village of Houtouwan
This recent find made its way to my news feed a month or so back. The village is a few miles east of Shanghai, China. It was once home to over 2,000 fishermen and it wasn’t completely abandoned until early in the 90’s when the residents moved away. In doing some research, the reason for them leaving was due to issues with food delivery to the island.
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I first learned about Kolmanskop on the once popular show Destination Truth (miss that show soo much!). The ghost town is located in Namib desert in southern Namibia. It had its start in the early 1900s and abandoned in the 1950s and is even said to be haunted. Back in its “hay day” the town was home to over 100 miners looking to find their fortune mining diamonds, but closed after World War I when they exhausted their diamond-field. The desert sands have taken over the once beautiful dutch inspired homes.
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#2 Centralia, Pennsylvania
A town once like any other town full of working families was struck by tragedy from a fire, a fire that has been burning for over 50 years. The trouble began in the early 60s when a fire broke out in the mine beneath the town and quickly spread.
The only thing that will do justice to the story of Centralia is the documentary The Town That Was, which you can view here.
#1 Hashima Island, Japan
Established in the late 1800s, the island is best known for its undersea coal mine. In the late 50’s the 16-acre island reached its population peak at well over 5,000 residents. The city closed and the residents left in the early 70s due to lack of maintenance for the many apartments and various shops on the island.
The island has since been left desolate and uninhabitable due to the decay. However, since the early 2000’s it begun to gain interest from urban explorers and those curious to see this forgotten world.
I was going to add some photos, but I figured why not just tour the island below using Google Street View 🙂