Ninety-four homes, two hundred apartments, a hospital, shopping mall, Town & Country restaurant, movie theatre, sports center, a Royal Bank. What's
I've always been interested in urban exploration and have done a little on my own in the past. When I come across information on a "ghost town", it
gets me pretty excited. Welcome to Kitsault, BC. I would really love to check this place out someday.
Kitsault was essentially a mining town started by Phelps Dodge in 1979. At it's peak, 1200 people lived there to mine molybdenum (used in steel
production). However 18 months later, the prices of molybdenum plummeted and the mine was shut down. Phelps Dodge ordered everyone to leave and bought
back the homes.
Strange thing is, even though the mine was closed and the residents were forced to leave, the power to Kitsault was left on. For 30 years the town has
been sitting there with power as if waiting for people to return again. It's like a giant time capsule of the 70's waiting to pick up right where it
In 2004, Kitsault was put up for sale and eventually bought by entrepreneur and businessman, Krishnan Suthanthiran. He hoped to transform it into a
resort for intellectuals. The planned completion date was 2011, but malibdinum prices have recentlt rebounded and Mr. Suthanthiran formed Kitsault
Energy. he's pitching Kitsault as the perfect place to build a natural gas plant and pipeline terminal. He is currently trying to gather
international investors to raise the estimated 30 billion (!) to get it started.
Kitsault's sole resident is Indhu Mathew. She was hired by Mr. Suthanthiran as a caretaker of the property. She has grown passionate about the town
and has a great respect for the people that were evicted from their homes. She has been cleaning and repairing everything, almost preserving it like a
Photos are by Chad Graham
Very cool looking place. Does anyone else have any more "ghost towns" that they can think of? Particularly ones that have been well preserved?