When a house is left empty for years, it ends up in two ways: destroyed by nature and time or it stands still, but haunted. If you’re someone who cannot bear even the mere idea of seeing ghosts, then you might prefer for everything unoccupied to be completely leveled.
However, there are those structures erected decades or centuries ago that live through the present to tell us something about the past. Shabby as they may look, they hide a scary tale of brutal years gone by.
This isn’t for the fainthearted. However, if you want something to chill your bones, here are some of the abandoned places you should never foot in:
Last House on Holland Island, USA
Holland Island was once a large watermen community in 1890. Many were drawn to build a residence in the area because of the booming fishing and farming industry. However, when the island’s mud and silt started to rapidly erode, there was less to no more room for anyone. Pictured above was the last abode left in the island. In 2010, however, it too succumbed to the power of time.
One of the most dreadful tragedies of the past was the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, and Pripyat was the city that witnessed the regretful event. Pripyat was established in February 4, 1970 and became home to the employees of the nearby Chernobyl power plant and their families. When the power plant melted down in 1986, which resulted to a wide radiation contamination and caused millions of people long-term health effects like cancer, the area was abandoned and has since become restricted. Guided tours are available, though, as the government of Ukraine believes that the possibility of the same poisoning happening again is now close to zero.
The Maunsell Sea Forts, England
During the First World War, the Maunsell Sea Forts were built near the rivers of Thames and Mersey in Britain, with the hope that these will provide protection against impending German or naval raids. They were built in 1942, but were decommissioned in the 1950s. Various tenants took shelter in the forts, including pirate radio operators. One of the forts was claimed by the Principality of Sealand, a self-recognized independent sovereign state. Since 1958, however, the Maunsell Forts remained untouched.
Nara Dreamland, Japan
Now a popular destination for thrill-seeking tourists, the Nara Dreamland park was once a frequently visited attraction in Japan since it opened in 1961. It was a knockoff of the Disneyland in California. Tourists stopped visiting the park in 2006 and it has since been abandoned. Occasionally, security guards patrol the park’s grounds and pose fines. Nevertheless, many urban explorers still attempt to get into the creepy-looking area.
The Haunted New Bedford Orphuem, USA
Originally named the Majestic Opera House, the New Bedford Orpheum Theater is an old theater and movie house erected in Massachusetts, USA. It was opened in April 15, 1912, the exact same day the ship Titanic sank. It was closed between 1958 and 1959. Since its shutdown, the building once served as storage for a tobacco company, and its back part was used as a supermarket. The other parts of the building stayed empty for a long time.
IM Cooling Tower, Belgium
Looking like a big science lab taken out from a sci-fi movie, the IM Cooling Plant in Monceau, Belgium was part of an abandoned power plant. The whole structure was used to cool the incoming hot water with the use of the wind. When it was still actively used, this cooling tower can handle 480,000 gallons of water every minute.
Uninhabited Island in Southwest Florida, USA
Previously used by oil producer Bob Lee as his summer destination, these domed houses were first seen in 1981 and are located on Cape Romano, just off the coast of Florida, USA. They are now unoccupied and no one knows how long they will stay standing or if anyone will ever take notice of them again.
Sunken Yacht, Antarctica
With a name that translates to “endless sea”, Man Sem Fim sure has its way to remind people that it is set to take on an endless journey. The Brazilian yacht, which was owned by journalist João Lara Mesquita, was used by a group of four who were out to film a documentary off the Antarctic coast. It was in April 7, 2012, when the boat capsized. After the yacht sunk, it got frozen in ice in Maxwell Bay of Ardley Cove.
From being a diamond-rich town, Kolmanskop is now a ghost town devoured by the sands of the Namib Desert. While it was a must-go destination in the past, it became deserted starting in the 1950s. Today, photographers and tourists flock the area to see a glimpse of the once-popular locale.
102-Year-Old Floating Forest in Sydney, Australia
After WWI, the steam ship SS Ayrfield was condemned for dismantling in Homebush Bay in Autralia. When the yard where the ship was placed shut down, Ayrfield and other ships remained. Years after, the area turned into an eerie yet scenic piece of history.
Abandoned Mill, Italy
Located in the town of Sorrento near Naples, Italy, this mill was believed to have started functioning around the beginning of the 900s. But when the Tasso Square was created in 1866, the mill became far from the sea, which caused a rise in humidity and eventually causing it to be abandoned. As spooky as it may look, the now-untouched mill is a frequently visited spot in Italy.
Michigan Central Station in Detroit, USA
This last item on this list might just be the most popular among the rest. The Michigan Central Station was especially built in 1913 to provide a new public transportation hub. Unfortunately, it fell into desolation around 1988 because of planning mishaps. What makes it possibly more popular than the rest is because the station appeared in American rapper Eminem‘s 8 Mile film and “Beautiful” music video.
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