Top 5 Creepiest Ghost Towns In The World
From the United States of America right over to Ukraine, abandoned towns and cities or 'ghost towns' are all over the world and you may be closer to one than you think! Some have become tourist attractions, others have become totally uninhabitable to humans. Below is a list of what I think are the Top 5 Creepiest Ghost Towns.
5. Tyneham, Dorset
Tyneham Village, also known as 'The Village Dorset Lost' is a civil parish in England that has been under Ministry of Defence control and maintenance since 1945. In 1945, Tyneham was taken over for strategic purposes by the British Army during the second world war when the current residents were promised their land back after the war was over but never did eventually get it back. The village, which remains unpopulated to this day, is currently being used by the British Army as a channel for urban warfare training, but still remains creepy, nonetheless.
4. Fairbank, Arizona
Fairbank is located in Cochise County of the U.S State of Arizona, and was originally a village under the possession of Native Americans in the late 1700's. In the late 1800's, the area was settled when a railroad was constructed just before a railroad station was built in the area, Fairbank soon became a junction between Arizona's famous silver mining city Tombstone, and the rest of the country allowing the town to prosper for the next several years until the Tombstone mines were closed down due to flooding and the land owners migrated due to the extensive droughts causing the population to steadily decrease over time until the area was officially abandoned in the 1970s.
3. Bodie, California
Bodie in California was the sight of a Gold rush after the discovery of Gold by prospectors in 1859. The town started off as little more than a small mining camp for Gold but was later officially founded in 1876 with a population of around 2,000. The population, however, steadily declined to a population of just 3 over a period of 80 years due to sinking mining profits and abandonment. The sight has since been recognised as a National Historic Landmark and receives up to 200,000 visitors from around the world anually and is considered to be one of the best preserved ghost towns in the world.
2. Chernobyl/Pripyat, Ukraine
Chernobyl, Ukraine, is famous, or should I say infamous for being the site and ground zero of the major nuclear accident of 1986, often considered the worst nuclear accident in history. The accident, which was the cause of an eventual 6,000 deaths over a 4 year period, saw an explosion and fire that released masses of nuclear radiation contamination into the atmosphere. The area, including the accompanying, nearby city Pripyat has been uninhabitable by humans ever since.
1. Oradour-sur-Glane, France
First on the list of the Top 5 Creepiest Ghost Towns has got to be Oradour-sur-Glane, a commune in west-central France. The town, now maintained as a memorial was the sight of a horrendous German Nazi massacre of over 600 residents of the town including women and children during the second world war. The massacre included the death of 190 men who were shot in the legs and other non-lethal points of their bodies until they were unable to move before being doused with fuel and set fire to alive. The town's church, which saw the height of the massacre was packed full of women and children and set alight, the doors and windows coming under heavy machine-gun fire as the women and children tried to escape. Oradour-sur-Glane remains deserted to this day with little more left behind from the massacre than heavily damaged buildings and various machine wreckage, the sight has been maintained as a memorial and the 'New Village of Oradour-sur-Glane' has since been built nearby to the memorial with a current population of over 2,000.