Elsewhere in ghost towns: Kolmanskop

Becky
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Every time all my favorite people leave town, you're liable to find me whining about how "this place is a ghost town," etc. That feeling either fades or it doesn't, but if ghosts were sandmen, they'd be all over this town:

Kolmanskop is a ghost town in southern Namibia, a few kilometres inland from the port of Lüderitz. In 1908, Luederitz was plunged into diamond fever and people rushed into the Namib desert hoping to make an easy fortune. Within two years, a town, complete with a casino, school, hospital and exclusive residential buildings, was established in the barren sandy desert.

But when diamond sales floundered post WWI, the exodus began, and by the fifties the dunes started repossessing what had been left behind. I wonder if there's a way to get a modest dune installation in my bedroom. It's dramatic, sure, but it also looks terribly comfortable, and isn't the Tempur-Pedic  craze just about passé now, anyway? Link via Fogonazos.

January 28, 2008 - 5:30pm
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