There is something eerie and disheartening, and yet fascinating, about ghost towns. Some of them are a deafening reminder that one’s destiny can change in the blink of an eye. Some of them prove that nature still has the upper-hand on our lives.
Whether these ghost towns housed big or small communities, whether they existed a few years or a few centuries ago, their effect is still present to this day.
Here are the 10 ghost towns that have been fascinating humanity for many years, their incredible stories will leave you gasping and asking for more.
10.) Kolmanskop, Namibia
The diamond fever of 1908 transformed the town of Kolmanskop into a booming city. The With people rushing to the Southern Namibian town in order to profit from this new wealth, many buildings were built in the span of two years. Residential buildings, a hospital, a school and even a casino, all were erected in what just a couple of years back a complete desert.
This good fortune didn’t last though. The First World War put a damp on the economy and demand for diamond decreased drastically, making the work of the diamond miners almost worthless.
The town had been deserted since the mid-1950s and the dunes took over its reigns.
Travel tip: Visit Kolmanskop by going through Luderitz, a neighboring town. You can find flights from Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, to Luderitz.