fuckyeahghosttowns A tumblelog displaying places that were left behind.
Catarina, Texas.(photo by mlhradio) 
Catarina was once one of the fastest growing boom towns in the United States during the 1920’s, until the artesian wells dried up - now only a few dozen residents remain. Pictured is the abandoned Royal Palms Hotel, which was built in 1926.

Catarina, Texas.
(photo by mlhradio

Catarina was once one of the fastest growing boom towns in the United States during the 1920’s, until the artesian wells dried up - now only a few dozen residents remain. Pictured is the abandoned Royal Palms Hotel, which was built in 1926.

Picher, Oklahoma.(photo by Jason Lewis) 
Picher started out as a lead and zinc mining field in the early 1900’s. It was the most productive mine in the area. More than the half of lead used in World War I came from the Picher mine. As a result of this heavy mining activity Picher was left with huge environmental problems after mining ceased in 1967. Elevated lead levels in children’s bodies have caused learning disabilities and other problems. Lead and zinc also seeped into the groundwater, ponds and lakes.
In 2006 it was decided to close the town of Picher and a procedure to remove and relocate all its residents had been started. The town is considered to be too toxic to be habitable. In 2008 a tornado hit Picher. Twenty blocks were destroyed. The government did not give aid to rebuilt the damaged houses and businesses, though they continued assisting people in their relocation. The city ceased operations as a municipality on September 1, 2009.
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Picher, Oklahoma.
(photo by Jason Lewis

Picher started out as a lead and zinc mining field in the early 1900’s. It was the most productive mine in the area. More than the half of lead used in World War I came from the Picher mine. As a result of this heavy mining activity Picher was left with huge environmental problems after mining ceased in 1967. Elevated lead levels in children’s bodies have caused learning disabilities and other problems. Lead and zinc also seeped into the groundwater, ponds and lakes.

In 2006 it was decided to close the town of Picher and a procedure to remove and relocate all its residents had been started. The town is considered to be too toxic to be habitable. In 2008 a tornado hit Picher. Twenty blocks were destroyed. The government did not give aid to rebuilt the damaged houses and businesses, though they continued assisting people in their relocation. The city ceased operations as a municipality on September 1, 2009.

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Hashima Island in Japan.(photo by Sébastien Tixier) 
This island is one among 505 uninhabited islands in the Nagasaki Prefecture of Japan, about 15 kilometers from Nagasaki itself. It is also known as Gunkanjima or Battleship Island thanks to its skyline. Mitsubishi bought the island in 1890 to begin a project to retrieve coal from the bottom of the sea. In 1916 they began building concrete apartment blocks to accomodate the workers and protect them from hurricanes.
In the 1960’s petroleum replaced coal in Japan, forcing all coal mines to close including the Hashima Island. Mitsubishi officially announced the closing of the mine in 1976. Since then the island has been abondoned and access to it has been prohibited.
On April 22, 2009 visits to the island have been re-opened for the public.
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Hashima Island in Japan.
(photo by Sébastien Tixier

This island is one among 505 uninhabited islands in the Nagasaki Prefecture of Japan, about 15 kilometers from Nagasaki itself. It is also known as Gunkanjima or Battleship Island thanks to its skyline. Mitsubishi bought the island in 1890 to begin a project to retrieve coal from the bottom of the sea. In 1916 they began building concrete apartment blocks to accomodate the workers and protect them from hurricanes.

In the 1960’s petroleum replaced coal in Japan, forcing all coal mines to close including the Hashima Island. Mitsubishi officially announced the closing of the mine in 1976. Since then the island has been abondoned and access to it has been prohibited.

On April 22, 2009 visits to the island have been re-opened for the public.

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West Pier in Brighton.(photo by Adream608) 
The West Pier is a pier in Brighton, England. It was built in 1866 by Eugenius Birch and has been closed and deteriorating since 1975, awaiting renovation. The pier did not have much of a superstructure until 1893 when a pier head was extended and a pavilion added. A concert hall was added in 1916 and a new top-deck entrance in 1932. In 1965 the pier was bought by a company that owned some seafront hotels and entertainment venues. They had ambitions for the pier but as maintenance costs increased the pier was closed in 1975. The pier was cut off from the shore for safety reasons.
In 1984 a trust fund, with the goal to renovate the pier, bought it, but has to date not been able to succes in that goal. Since 2000 the pier caught fire several times, destroying it even more, and parts of the West Pier fell into the sea due to heavy winds.

West Pier in Brighton.
(photo by Adream608

The West Pier is a pier in Brighton, England. It was built in 1866 by Eugenius Birch and has been closed and deteriorating since 1975, awaiting renovation. The pier did not have much of a superstructure until 1893 when a pier head was extended and a pavilion added. A concert hall was added in 1916 and a new top-deck entrance in 1932. In 1965 the pier was bought by a company that owned some seafront hotels and entertainment venues. They had ambitions for the pier but as maintenance costs increased the pier was closed in 1975. The pier was cut off from the shore for safety reasons.

In 1984 a trust fund, with the goal to renovate the pier, bought it, but has to date not been able to succes in that goal. Since 2000 the pier caught fire several times, destroying it even more, and parts of the West Pier fell into the sea due to heavy winds.

Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan.(photo by presidentadow) 
Cass Technical High School closed it doors in 2005 after 83 years. A new building was built next to it. In the old building are still remaining desks, books, chairs, award-winning artwork and pianos to find.

Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan.
(photo by presidentadow

Cass Technical High School closed it doors in 2005 after 83 years. A new building was built next to it. In the old building are still remaining desks, books, chairs, award-winning artwork and pianos to find.

Ludlow, California.(photo by Dave van Hulsteyn) 
Ludlow is a small town located in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County in California.
The town started as a water stop for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in 1883. Ore, a type of rock that contains minerals with important elements including metals, was found in the nearby hills, leading to a boom. By the 1940s, mining had ceased and the town was left with only the tourist traffic from Route 66. When Interstate 40 was built, there was little business and the residents departed, leaving empty buildings that still stand beside old Route 66.
A small portion of Ludlow abutting Interstate 40 is still inhabited, and contains two gas stations, a small motel, a restaurant, a Dairy Queen, and a small tire and repair shop. An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter scale struck the Mojave Desert at Ludlow near Interstate 40 on December 6th, 2008.

Ludlow, California.
(photo by Dave van Hulsteyn

Ludlow is a small town located in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County in California.

The town started as a water stop for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in 1883. Ore, a type of rock that contains minerals with important elements including metals, was found in the nearby hills, leading to a boom. By the 1940s, mining had ceased and the town was left with only the tourist traffic from Route 66. When Interstate 40 was built, there was little business and the residents departed, leaving empty buildings that still stand beside old Route 66.

A small portion of Ludlow abutting Interstate 40 is still inhabited, and contains two gas stations, a small motel, a restaurant, a Dairy Queen, and a small tire and repair shop. An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter scale struck the Mojave Desert at Ludlow near Interstate 40 on December 6th, 2008.