Now here’s something you don’t see everyday.
In 1979, on the northeastern coast of British Columbia, a quaint little town called Kitsault was founded by U.S. Mining Group Phelps Dodge to support the production of a metal called molybdenum. It housed 1700 residents, and boasted a hospital, community centre, movie theatre, and a grocery store.
By 1982, the price of molybdenum crashed and a mere 18 months later, Kitsault was abandoned, leaving behind a pristine ghost town with a library full of books, a community centre full of exercise equipment–and hydro.
In 2004, businessman Krishnan Suthanthiran purchased the town for 5.7 million, sight unseen, with the intention of turning it into “an eco-tourist destination or an artist’s colony.” In the meantime, the town sits, unoccupied and ethereal in its abandoned beauty.*
* photos courtesy Chad Graham