Stories, facts and photographs of 60 beautiful and eerie abandoned places from throughout the world. Time has stopped and nature is taking resident in these places mainly due to natural disasters, war or economic reasons. Severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Six Flags Jazzland has been abandoned since. Several of the rides still stand, a testimony to the resilience of New Orleans. Shicheng in China, founded 1,300 years ago, has been under water for 53 years since the Xin'an River Hydro Plant flooded the area. Chernobyl, totally abandoned after the nearby nuclear disaster in 1986, has been left untouched ever since the incident and will be for many thousands of years into the future. Nature now rules the city in what resembles an apocalyptic movie. Poveglia is an island in the Venetian Lagoon which under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte became a dumping ground for plague victims and later an asylum for the mentally ill. Plymouth was the capital of the island of Montserrat. The town was overwhelmed by volcanic eruptions starting in 1995 and was abandoned. St. Kilda, a remote Scottish Island, may have been permanently inhabited for at least two millennia, the population probably never exceeding 180. The entire population was evacuated in 1930.
About the Author
Richard Happer is the author of 14 non-fiction books on historical and geographical subjects and contributor to several atlases and other reference works. Recent titles include The Times Extreme Survivors and The Times Britain From Above.
Bodie, California: gold mining town
Centralia, Pennsylvania: abandoned in 1980s due to coal seam fire, currently 9 inhabitants
Detroit, Michigan: "1.8 million inhabitants down to 700,000"
Eastern State Penitentiary: Pennsylvania Prison, abandoned 1971, historic landmark
Six Flags Jazzland: New Orleans amusement park, devastated by Katrina