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Ghost town Humberstone

Following on my previous photos here three more pictures of the ghost town of Humberstone. Apparently I can’t get enough of it :)
I got some questions if it wasn’t grim or sad in that abandoned city. Of course the history of Humberstone is sad. The living conditions at the time were very poor there and it’s always sad when a city becomes completely depopulated in a short time.

But the visit itself was very fascinating. Therefore three more pictures.

At my previous post I wrote that it’s possible and allowed to enter the buildings. Doing this you need to use some common sense. Many buildings are rather dilapidated and that may be the ceiling, the floor and/or the walls. Altered image #1 shows the interior of a wooden building.

A pleasant surprise was the theater.
A large and tall building but from the outside not so beautiful (my personal opinion). However, inside you'll find a still quite intact theater. See my altered image # 2.

For those who haven’t seen the previous photos, here again the accompanying note.

At 45 kilometers from the port of Iquique, Humberstone is located in the middle of the desert.
From 1862 the town was built around a saltpeter mine. This spurred on by a British engineer, James Humberstone, after which the city was named.

Until the half of the 20th century workers from Chile, Peru and Bolivia lived in company towns in poor living conditions in a very hostile environment.

They worked to process the largest deposit of saltpeter in the world, producing the fertiliser sodium nitrate that was to transform agricultural land in North and South America and in Europe and produce great wealth for Chile.

The works were abandoned in 1960 and Humberstone became a ghost town.

In 1970 it became a national monument and in 2005 UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site.

Since it’s pretty close to the city of Iquique and near the Pan-American Highway, Humberstone has a fair amount of tourists. The good thing (at least for me) was that the vast majority of visitors keeps hanging around in the first streets and on the square near the entrance.
Who explores the streets further away, will find them empty.

This was the first ghost town that I ever visited and it was really amazing.

Information from Wikipedia and from: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1178

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