Abandoned City with the Power On – Kitsault Canada

Updated : Oct 19, 2019 in Articles

Abandoned City with the Power On – Kitsault Canada

Narrator — “When you think of the perfect little
town to live in; what comes to mind? I think of a picturesque small town
surrounded by huge trees and mountains it also has beautiful blue skies and
nicely manicured lawns. I think of small mom-and-pop stores ran by the citizens
of the community where people enjoy helping each other. The town would have a
nice library, grocery store, and hospital; as well as other conveniences we’ve come
to rely on. There is such a place and it’s beautiful it’s a small town on the
northeastern coast of British Columbia Canada. The name of this almost perfect
town is Kitsault British Columbia. I say almost perfect because one very
important part of this town is missing the most important part in fact; the
people. Kitsault British Columbia is a town
with a very unique story. A sad story that’s fading away like the fall leaves
to cover the grounds before winter. salt British Columbia was founded and
built by the US 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 1200 residents and had a
hospital, a Sports Center, a theatre, 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 overnight. 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
in the library, as you can see; everything was left as is. Everything was in perfect
order but they’re just missing the people. After the last person left the
town, it was completely vacant; however,
somebody left the power on. The power has been on for nearly 30 years and the town
sits very well preserved waiting for its residents to return. This looks like the
hallway in a school. Due to the lack of funds, people were
only able to pack up their personal belongings; everything else was left
behind. Mailboxes were left vacant and empty and wonder what building this was
taken in. It’s so weird seeing a perfectly preserved building sitting
there empty. You have to follow a long dirt road to enter the town which still
stands in the middle of nowhere. Everything is covered in late 1970s
decor and the names of the champions are still written in chalk on a board in the
Sports Center. The town’s backdrop is one anyone would be envious of, the place is
stunning. Kitsault has 94 homes, 200 apartments, a hospital, a shopping mall, a
movie theater, a Town & Country restaurant, and a Sports Center. All of
the homes were left completely vacant. With the homes and structures being only
three years old at the time of vacancy; they’re all still in very good condition
to this day. There must be quite an eerie feeling
walking down the streets of Kitsault; but, I would love to live in a place like
this. Photographer Chad Graham is the only one in the town on this photo shoot An empty playground outside the school
was once full of little children having a great time. Not even a year after this
plaque was made the town was closed the electricity still lights the town up
at night. Everything in Kitsault was purchased brand new and it just sits
deteriorating now. Can you imagine 1,200 people just up and
leaving after only 3 years Even at the end of a dock in the bay;
sits a lonely boat tied up waiting for its driver. The old refining plant that
sparked the construction of this town sits empty and unproductive. Over 200
apartments without residents Even the town center, which provided
phenomenal views of the surrounding landscape looks as if it’s ready to move
in and start a party. The bridge to Kitsault once had hundreds of cars a day
crossing and now it’s a rare sight to see that bridge in use. Kitsault went up for sale in 2004 and
was purchased for five million dollars. Canadian entrepreneur and businessman
Krishnan Suthanthiran purchased the town sight unseen. He had just found an
article in the newspaper and sent a check. He had hopes of turning the town
into a sort of retreat for intellectuals scientists and doctors to work together The town was opened in 2011; But, things
have since changed. Their talks about opening a natural gas plant in Kitsault;
but, that would require an investment of thirty billion dollars to get off the
ground. The plan is still open as investors are sought after this large
venture. The housing and infrastructure are already in place and something needs
to happen to breathe life back into this beautiful town. It is tragic that this
beautiful little place on earth was left abandoned but at least there are talks
of revamping this little town with so much character and such a beautiful
landscape; it would sure be a shame to leave it all alone to rot. Looking at the
photographs and understanding the memories of this town it’s hard not to
hope that this wasted land gets put to good use.


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