Kitsault, British Columbia was founded and built by the U.S. mining conglomerate, Phelps Dodge in 1979.
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.
Due to the lack of funds, people were only able to pack up their personal belongings. Everything else was left behind.
Everything is covered in late 1970’s decor and the names of the champions are still written in chalk on a board in the sports center.
There must be quite an eerie feeling walking down the streets of Kitsault.
But I would love to live in a place like this!
Can you imagine 1200 people just up and leaving after only 3 years?
The old refining plant that sparked the construction of this town sits empty and unproductive.
Over 200 apartments without residents.
The bridge to Kitsault once had hundreds of cars a day crossing and now it’s a rare sight to see this bridge in use.
There are talks about opening a natural gas plant in Kitsault but that would require an investment of $30 billion to get off the ground.
The housing and infrastructure are already in place and something needs to happen to breathe life back into this beautiful town.