There are towns all over North America where you have to wonder how in the heck some of them are even called towns anymore.
Whether they are ghost towns or places where most of the residents just slowly filed out of the front door they are always fascinating places.
For example, there is a town in Michigan that is the smallest city in the state and when you drive through it you get the feeling like there wasn’t a single thing that has changed in that town in thirty or forty years.
It’s almost like a little time capsule. The landscape of the continent is dotted with places like that.
Places where it almost seems like someone just took a pre made town and left it somewhere and then forgot about it.
There is such a place and it is beautiful. It’s a small town on the northeastern coast of British Columbia, Canada.
The name of this almost perfect town is Kitsault, B.C. I say almost perfect because one very important part of this town is missing. The most important part in fact, the people. Kitsault B.C. is a town with a very unique story.
A sad story that is fading away like the fall leaves that cover the grounds before winter.
Kitsault, British Columbia was founded and built by the U.S. mining conglomerate, Phelps Dodge in 1979.
The town was built to sustain a mining operation for molybdenum, which is a metal used in steel production.
At its peak the town housed over 1,200 residents, and had a hospital, a sports center, a theater, and a grocery store with the promise of growth and prosperity.
Only 18 months after the town was opened, the price of molybdenum crashed and residents were forced to leave.
Phelps Dodge purchased the homes back from the residents and asked them to leave. Some were forcefully removed from their new homes, and the once booming town was seemingly closed over night.
Everything was simply abandoned, as it would have been more expensive to sell it off than to just leave it behind.
The books were even left on the shelves of the library.
As you can see, everything was left as is.