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Old July 28th, 2010, 10:28 PM   #21
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Centralia, Pennsylvania.



A mine fire started over 40 years ago and it never went out. The town used to have 2,000 residents, but it is now down to zero. The last resident moved not too long ago, actually. In 2009, Centrailia had seven residents.
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Old July 29th, 2010, 01:08 AM   #22
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Valdeluz, near Guadalajara (60km to Madrid), Spain. A new suburb far from the city, but almost nobody lives there, it was built during the construction boom, because it was going to have a high speed train station (Madrid-Barcelona), to take the people to Madrid in a short time, so it was going to be a dormitory city wich population would work/study in Madrid, but finally, very few people lived there when the train started to work, so the train doesn't stop there, and that makes nobody else is interested in moving to Valdeluz, now the construction bubble exploded, so a lot of flats are not sold, and the people can't buy houses because of the crisis.



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Old July 29th, 2010, 01:15 AM   #23
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..especially Dunwich had amazing history - http://www.abandonedcommunities.co.uk/page11.html
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Bhangarh in India, abandoned in the 18th century due to famine.

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Old August 2nd, 2010, 05:18 AM   #25
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Old August 7th, 2010, 03:32 PM   #26
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Old August 9th, 2010, 02:37 PM   #27
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I think it's hit n miss. There are some inland towns that have failed, such as Ordos in Inner Mongolia - flushed with oil wealth but completely overdeveloped. They built a new city in 5 years, full of office towers, govt buildings, theatres, bars, museums, galleries etc - yet it lies empty, with 18 people per sq. km (compared to hundreds or thousands in other cities). 1.5 million have bought houses there apparently, its a just a shame they dont move into them, keeping them as investment. The original Ordos city that the govt replaced is still a frenetic buzzing place, with the residents preferring their old rundown city to the empty, new one 20km away:


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...then of course there are boomtowns, such as Chongqing, Chengdu, Kunming etc, all the fastest growing cities in the country (CQ municipality adds a million every year). Basically China's traditional workshop-of-the-world has moved from the coastal regions such as the Pearl River Delta to central ones now, as the coastal areas are much more expensive now to build and run, not to mention terribly competitive. The area in and around Sichuan and Chongqing is fast becoming the engine room of China.


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Old August 9th, 2010, 04:43 PM   #28
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i didn't know that ghost town really exist!!
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Old August 10th, 2010, 04:15 AM   #29
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Old August 10th, 2010, 04:25 AM   #30
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Centralia, Pennsylvania.



A mine fire started over 40 years ago and it never went out. The town used to have 2,000 residents, but it is now down to zero. The last resident moved not too long ago, actually. In 2009, Centrailia had seven residents.
Centralia has a very sad history. Otherwise a pujant anthracite mining town, a mine fire caused by a landfill-emptying project, the fire put in the landfill got trought a rock pit to the mines. The Pensilvanya government thought that if the residents moved away, they could revoke the mining rights from the town to the state. It's a negligence case.
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Old August 10th, 2010, 07:31 AM   #31
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I wouldn't really say ancient towns to be ghost towns. Esp those found in Aztec-Mayan areas of Central America or those found in the valleys of Western Asia.

Other than that nice pictures everyone and great thread. It would be nice to know the story behind to why they became ghost towns
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Old March 17th, 2011, 09:38 AM   #32
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I wouldn't really say ancient towns to be ghost towns. Esp those found in Aztec-Mayan areas of Central America or those found in the valleys of Western Asia.

Other than that nice pictures everyone and great thread. It would be nice to know the story behind to why they became ghost towns
My guess would be because the people left...

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Ryolite, Nevada lasted for only about 10-20 years from 1900 or so to 1918 or so. Was originally a gold rush boom town - largest city in Nevada at the time - had 3 or 4 railroads, more than one hospital. But shortly after the San Francisco earthquake, they diverted all the gold to rebuilding SF instead of building Ryolite, and shortly thereafter the gold ran out. Still has some mining going on there. It's really neat to go there - they have plaques along what used to be the Main Street in front of ruins, and you can see what the buildings used to look like. The train station is still in pretty good shape, and there's the original "bottle house" - with walls constructed entirely of liquor/beer bottles - and it's still got furniture in it!!!

Goldfield, not too far from Ryolite - still has a few standing homes and the haunted Goldfield Hotel that is very slowly being "restored" - it actually has a couple residents there still I think. Same story about gold mining boom and bust. Goldfield in it's day was also the "largest" city in Nevada at it's time.

There are lots of ghosttowns all over Nevada that you can stumble upon - all are former mining towns.
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Old March 17th, 2011, 09:59 AM   #33
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Nice thread!
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Old July 15th, 2011, 09:20 PM   #34
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Old July 16th, 2011, 02:43 PM   #35
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Skara Brae, preserved Neolithic settlement on the Orkney Isles, north of Scotland.

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Skara Brae's inhabitants were apparently makers and users of grooved ware, a distinctive style of pottery that appeared in northern Scotland not long before the establishment of the village.[4] The houses used earth sheltering but, being sunk into the ground, they were built into mounds of pre-existing domestic waste known as "middens". Although the midden provided the houses with a small degree of stability, its most important purpose was to act as a layer of insulation against Orkney's harsh winter climate. On average, the houses measure 40 square metres (430 sq ft) in size with a large square room containing a hearth which would have been used for heating and cooking. Given the number of homes, it seems likely that no more than fifty people lived in Skara Brae at any given time.

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Originally, Childe believed that the settlement dated from around 500 BC.[6] This interpretation was coming under increasing challenge by the time new excavations in 1972–73 settled the question. Radiocarbon results obtained from samples collected during these excavations indicates that occupation of Skara Brae began about 3180 BC[21] with occupation continuing for about six hundred years.[22] Around 2500 BC, after the climate changed, becoming much colder and wetter, the settlement may have been abandoned by its inhabitants. There are many theories as to why the people of Skara Brae left, particularly popular interpretations involve a major storm. Evan Hadingham combined evidence from found objects with the storm scenario to imagine a dramatic end to the settlement:

As was the case at Pompeii, the inhabitants seem to have been taken by surprise and fled in haste, for many of their prized possessions, such as necklaces made from animal teeth and bone, or pins of walrus ivory, were left behind. The remains of choice meat joints were discovered in some of the beds, presumably forming part of the villagers' last supper. One woman was in such haste that her necklace broke as she squeezed through the narrow doorway of her home, scattering a stream of beads along the passageway outside as she fled the encroaching sand.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 03:40 PM   #37
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Old July 16th, 2011, 03:49 PM   #38
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Old July 16th, 2011, 05:07 PM   #39
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Laino Castello, Italy. this village has been abandoned after earthquake in the 80's . A new town has been built 2 or 3 km away.



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Old July 18th, 2011, 06:30 PM   #40
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Great stuff! Did nobody mention Humberstone in Chile yet?
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