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 the other conveniences we have come to rely on. 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.
Everything was in perfect order, but they are 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.