17 Creepiest Abandoned Places
Remarkable beauty can be found in the decayed, ruined and abandoned places on earth. Some of them are weird, some are creepy, but they are all amazing monuments to times past.
Here’s our list of 17 weirdest abandoned places:
1. Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
Humberstone and Santa Laura are two ghost towns located in northern Chile. They were once saltpeter refineries.
These abandoned towns in the Atacama Desert were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.
In 1872, the Guillermo Wendell Nitrate Extraction Company founded the saltpeter works in Humbersone and Santa Laura. Both towns grew quickly and even had public pools and theatres.
For awhile, they were prosperous towns. However, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch developed the synthesis of ammonia, which led to the industrial production of fertilizers.
Industrial fertilizers were easier and cheaper to produce and natural nitrate couldn’t compete with the industrial one.
Both towns were completely abandoned in 1960. Ten years later, after becoming ghost towns, Humberstone and Santa Laura were declared national monuments and open to tourists.
Recently, they were also placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.