These places are often intriguing because you have to wonder what happened and why others left it behind. There’s a story to be told and many people enjoy seeking out these abandoned places just so that we can guess at their mysterious nature. Let’s take a look at 15 places that society has long left behind:
1. This village in France.
Sadly, 240 women and 205 children were massacred by Nazis on June 10, 1944. In the process, the entire village was destroyed and therefore could not be rebuilt. It is left now as a memorial and museum.
2. In Pennsylvania, this town has been slowly burning since 1962.
Underneath the borough on Centralia, a coal mine fire broke out which continued to burn and in 1981 sinkholes began to engulf the town and emit lethal levels of carbon monoxide. The residents were relocated shortly thereafter. The fire continues to burn and is expected to do so for another 250 years.
3. A floating McDonald’s was built on a 187-foot barge in Vancouver.
It was built in 1986 but was abandoned in 1991 and has been sitting empty ever since.
4. A Los Angeles Nazi compound that was at Murphy’s Ranch.
It was built in the 1930s by a white supremacist couple to serve as a base for Nazi activities. It had a water tank, a power plant, a fuel tank, a bomb shelter and was expected to be self-sustaining for a long time. In 1941 the FBI raided the compound and it has been left in ruins until its demolition in 2016.
5. A subway system in Cincinnati.
It is one of the largest abandoned subway systems in the U.S. The construction was canceled in 1929 due to lack of finances and a changing world.
6. The Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan was abandoned and torn down in 2014.
It was once center stage to the Super Bowl, the World Cup and many other great events. When the city of Detroit fell into financial despair, it started to deteriorate and is now expected to be completely demolished.
7. The Japanese island, Hashima, was once the most densely populated place on earth.
From 1887 to 1974 it was populated and operated a coal mining facility. It was also a labor camp in WWII and many people died there as a result of the harsh conditions.
8. This amusement park that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Six Flags was destroyed by this natural disaster back in 2005 and the owners didn’t believe that it was worth rebuilding.
9. A cement mixer in Oklahoma that was repainted to look like a NASA space capsule.
This is in the city of Winganon and it was abandoned in the 1950s when a truck that was carrying it was in a car crash. The cement mixer was too heavy to remove from the scene and it was transformed in 2011 in this.
10. In China, this Wonderland park was supposed to be the largest amusement park in Asia.
However, due to financial woes, construction stopped in 1998 and it was demolished in 2013.
11. A ghost town in Arizona that is called “Nothing”.
It is located in the Mojave Desert and it was had a population of 4.
12. A tourist beach town known as Varosha in Cyprus has been abandoned since 1974.
This lavish place lasted until the Turkish invasion of 1974 and since then, no one has been allowed in.
13. An Antartica hut that’s been there since 1902.
This was built during the Discovery Expedition and it has only been used four times. It was finally abandoned in 1914 and it is surprisingly preserved.
14. This mining town of Wintenoom in Western Australia was shut down by the government in 1966.
The asbestos created by the mining eventually caused serious health concerns and has since been erased from existence from all official documents.
15. This mining village in southern Namibia started in 1908.
It was called Kolmanskop and it was overrun by German miners when they discovered diamonds but once the diamonds were depleted around WWI, it went in to decline and was fully abandoned by 1954.