The Remains of a Town Eaten by the Desert.

Kolmanskop, Namibia, a booming diamond town with the first x-ray machine south of the equator, now lies empty slowly filling up with sand.

Prior to World War I, Namibia came down with diamond fever. In the area now known as Kolmanskop, the precious stones were found in abundance throughout 1908, triggering an influx of new settlers hoping to capitalize on the riches. Resident of Kolmanskop accumulated enough wealth to build an entire town influenced by German aesthetics, replete with ballrooms, bowling alleys, mansions, and the first x-ray machine south of the equator.

But history is a fickle mistress. The outbreak of WWI caused a chain reaction reaching all the way to Kolmanskop as the diamond market slowly dried up. Less than 50 years after its inception, Kolmanskop had become a ghost town reclaimed by the desert. Today visitors can explore the structurally sound, completely vacant buildings, leaving poor in minerals but rich in aesthetic momentos.


From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by DangerFace.

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Come visit our lovely tourist trap...I mean GHoooost oooooooOOoooo Town! So scary! So deserted (ahem, stay behind the velvet rope folks, and keep the line moving) Nobody has lived here in a very long time (Except our employees who pick up gum wrappers). Its so mysterious! See? Our T-shirt at the souvenir stand even says so!

Aparently guided tours are a regular thing. Thanks but no thanks. If I want a ghost town, I'll find one that isn't crawling with people.
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