This Strange Mining Town Looks Perfect, But Its Been Abandoned For Over 30 Years.

In 1979, the Phelps Dodge mining company purchased land on the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada with the intention of creating a home community to a molybdenum mine.  They constructed an entire town and then filled it with miners and their families.  Unfortunately, for Phelps Dodge and its employees, the prices for molybdenum crashed and the entire community was evacuated after just 18 months of residence.

Phelps Dodge ultimately repurchased all of the homes.  They found that it would cost more to try to sell the town or its pieces, so instead it was simply abandoned.

That town still sits there today, frozen in time and lifeless.

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A sign at the entrance to the town.

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The keys are probably still in the ignition.

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Looks like a pleasant place to spend the afternoon reading.

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And you could; the books are still on the shelves.

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Incredibly, the electricity is still on in many of the buildings.

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Almost the entire town remains free of vandalism or heavy decay.

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Even the insides of the houses remain pristine.desktop-1419285045

A playground last used by kids that are long grown.

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Miner’s cottages.

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Empty post-office boxes.

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Some retro exercise equipment.

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The commissary.

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Rows of empty shelves.

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The town was surrounded by incredible views.

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This place would be incredible to visit, it looks like people could move right back in.  And someday they might.  In 2004, the ghost town was bought by Indian-American businessman Krishnan Suthanthiran for $5.7 million, but nothing has been done with the land so far.

All images via Chad Grahm
Sources: SliptalkViralnova