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Ghost Town – Humberstone, Chile

Ghost Town – Humberstone, Chile

Humberstone is not anything you would imagine. The reason it was abandoned was something less sinister than a deadly extra terrestrial virus.

For awhile it was a prosperous town of 3500 that thrived on nitrate mining for fertilizer. These people had a town complete with a hospital, a public swimming pool, and even a theatre.

Then someday, someone came up with a way to make fertilizer through synthetic means: it’s cheaper to produce. Natural nitrate could not compete and the town slowly fell into decay. In 1960 Humberstone with its sister nitrate mining town, Santa Laura, were completely abandoned.

Ghost Town – Humberstone, Chile

Ghost Town – Humberstone, Chile

Ghost Town – Humberstone, Chile

Ghost Town – Humberstone, Chile

Ghost Town – Humberstone, Chile

Ghost Town – Humberstone, Chile

Ghost Town – Humberstone, Chile

Ghost Town – Humberstone, Chile

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