Ghost Towns: Kolmanskop

This is the first in an occasional series where we’ll be looking at some of the world’s most interesting abandoned places. In 1908, diamonds were discovered in the Namib Desert, and one of the towns that sprang up to provide shelter and entertainment for the influx of miners was Kolmanskop. Modelled on a German town, at its height it boasted a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, skittle-alley, theatre and casino and railway line. 10 years later the end of World War I saw a huge drop in diamond prices, which heralded the beginning of the end for Kolmanskop.…

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