These abandoned places offer a glimpse as to what the world may look like if humans disappeared, Some have been abandoned for decades and others have fallen into ruin rapidly or been victim to the devastating forces of nature
Whatever the reason, these once thriving and spectacular, man made marvels are now modern day ruins, serving as a haunting reminder of times gone by.
1. Six Flags Jazzland, New Orleans, Louisiana.wgamers.net p-life.tw
The once thriving amusement park has lay abandoned since the devastation laid down by hurricane Katrina, The Jazzland amusement part to date remains an eerie reminder of the savage storm as many of the rides and roller coasters still stand.
Although plans for redevelopment of the 150-acre six flags property have come and gone over the years the search continues.
2. Bannerman Castle, Pollepel Island, New Yorksnackish.com
The Island was purchased in 1900 by Francis Bannerman VI as a means to store his enormous cache of munitions cartridges which he purchased directly from the spanish government before it evacuated cuba following the spanish-american war,he later purchasing 90% of the spanish guns and ammunition captured during the war by the americans.
The castle has lay abandoned since August of 1920 when 200 tons of shells and munitions exploded, destroying a large portion of the castle.
3. The Underwater City of Shicheng, ChinaPhoto : Chinese National Geographic
The almost 1500 year old city of Shicheng has lay submerged beneath Qiandao lake since 1959, for the construction of the Xin’an River Hydropower Station. The city has been dubbed a “virtual time capsule” by archaeologists as it is protected from the erosive forces of wind, rain and the sun. Lets hope the city remains preserved beneath the lake for many more years to come.
4. Red Sands Sea Forts, Sealand, United Kingdomimage by Neil Brown / Flickr
Originally built during WWII to protect London and other Thames settlements from both the aerial and naval attacks of Nazi Germany. The Red Sands Sea Forts are all but abandoned with a few of the structures claimed the micronation of Sealand.
5. Michigan Central Station, Detroit, Michiganboredpanda.com nifoundation.info boredpanda.com
Also known as Michigan Central Depot, it was built from 1912 to 1913 and served as Detroit, Michigan’s primary passenger rail service after the previous Michigan Central Station burned. The station remained in service until the cessation of Amtrak service in January 1988.
At the time of construction it was the world’s tallest rail station.
6. Orpheum Auditorium – New Bedford, Massachusettsimage credits | Frank Grace
The Orpheum Auditorium in Massachusetts opening became a significant day in history as April 15, 1912 also happened to be the day the British ocean liner Titanic sunk after colliding with an iceberg in the North Atlantic ocean. The auditorium remained open until 1959. Since the auditorium closed it has been used to house tobacco as well as parts of the building have served as a supermarket.
For the most part theater itself remains as it were in 1959.
7. Pripyat City, Ukrainefunnyjunk.com boredpanda.com
Pripyat City was established in 1970 near the Belarus border in Ukraine. The city was one home to more than 50,000 occupants many of whom were employed at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Not surprisingly the city has been abandoned since the disastrous Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in 1986.
8. Mirny Diamond Mine, Eastern Siberia, Russiaimgur.com
The Mirny diamond mine is the second largest excavated hole in the world, behind the Bingham canyon mine. Falling to a staggering 1,722 feet deep the open pit Mirny mine was first opened 1957 and continued production until it was permanently closed in 2004.
9. Abandoned Military Hospital in Beelitz, Germanyboredpanda.com boredpanda.com
Built in the late 1800’s the Beelitz-Heilstätten military hospital is an eerie reminder of times gone by and the wars of last century, the hospital even treated the leg wound suffered by Adolf Hitler in the Battle of Somme in 1916.
Although much of the hospital has been long abandoned since the soviets withdrew from the hospital in 1995, parts of the complex remain in use to this day.
10. Hashima Island, Japanimages | hashima-island.com
Known by many names including Ghost Island and Battleship Island for it’s distinctive shape, Hashima Island was once home to 5,000, who served as the workforce for the undersea coal mines on the island. As the twentieth century progressed and Japan graduated more toward the use of petroleum and away from coal the need for the mines diminished. The Mitsubishi owned mines were officially closed in 1974 and the families who inhabited the island left.
The island remains home to large concrete apartment blocks and other tall concrete buildings that house nothing more than the haunting echos of decades passed.
11. City Hall Subway Station, New York City, New Yorkimage by Paul Palescandolo & Eric Kazmirek
The City Hall subway station was built with special attention to detail and beautiful design in 1904, the stunning platform beneath city hall never really generated significant daily traffic due to other nearby stations. The low traffic and the sharp curve of the platform which couldn’t be used by faster and longer modern trains led to the closure of the platform in 1945.
12. Wonderland Amusement Park, Beijing, Chinabuzzfeed.com
The Wonderland Amusement park differs from all of the other abandoned places above in that it never reached the point of opening. The ambitious project was originally proposed by Thailand based property developers Reignwood Group and was to be the largest amusement park in Asia. Unfortunately in 1998 construction came to a halt due to financial issues and has remained that way.
A failed attempt was made to revamp the project in 2008, and now much of the land is utilized by local farmers in the area, future development plans for property remain unclear.
Whether you think of these abandoned places as beautiful of eerily haunting, or both, they are without doubt incredible and have me wanting to visit every one of them.
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