Kitsault is a town in British Columbia, Canada that has been abandoned for the last 30 years. The town was constructed in 1979 to house the workers from numerous molybdenum mines in the area owned by business man Phelps Dodge.
The initial set up cost of the town was around $250 million, it was fully functional with shopping centres, gyms, schools, hospitals, libraries, swimming pools, bars and many other facilities. Kitsault provided homes for 1200 residents and was intended to attract miners to relocate with their families. Therefore the numerous facilities and amenities meant new residents would still have everything that they need to live like they normally would in any other big town or city.
In 1982 the price of molybdenum plummeted, forcing the mines to close. This inevitably resulted in the departure of the town’s residents as the miners needed a new place of employment and obviously their families followed them. For years the only remaining residents of the town were the caretaker and his wife who also helped with the caretaker duties. The pair of them were paid by the owner of the land to keep everything intact. Just imagine living in a town like this by yourselves, it would be like a scene out of ‘I Am Legend’, well… minus the zombies!
Taking a walk through the ghost town of Kisault is like taking a step back in time. The architecture of the homes, the décor and the furniture has not been altered since the town was abandoned in the 80’s. Despite the fact the town has been abandoned for so long, it is still in immaculate condition and exactly how it was when the town had residents. The town is essentially an enormous time capsule, and one that many would like to see at that.
A Canadian businessman named Krishnan has recently purchased the entire town. The price is not fully known but it is expected to be around $7 million. Krishnan’s plans for the town are not yet known but it is thought that he is going to re-open the molybdenum mines due to the price inflation on the product. It is strange to think that a town so well preserved for 30 years could be destroyed and rebuilt as something entirely different.