The Canada Ghost Town

A ghost town has the reputation of being run down, collapsing, and abandoned. You might even think of it in a dusty, inhospitable environment. Kitsault is Canada’s ghost town.

The lawns are mowed, and the street lights are on, but nobody’s been home since 1982.

Beginnings

Kitsault began in 1979 as a mining town for molybdenum—a mineral used in many alloys.

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It’s located near the Alaskan and Canada border. Because of the town’s isolation from other major cities, construction materials had to be brought by ship.

In the three short years the town was occupied, they built 100 homes, a shopping center, library, hospital, rec centers, and restaurants were built and then abandoned.

When the molybdenum market crashed, everyone was forced to leave.

New Beginnings

Now it’s owned by American entrepreneur Krishnan Suthanthiran who bought the whole town for $7 million in 2005. Since then, he’s put more than $25 million into the upkeep of the town.

He plans to rebuild the town as a site for mining natural gas.

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One of three "new" apartment buildings where we stayed the night with heat. light and running water. (Four were built but one building burned down.)

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