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Desert Sands Reclaim a Ghost Town
January 31, 2008 3:09 PM   Subscribe

Kolmanskop, a ghost town buried in the sand
posted by jonson (13 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
Love these photos.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:12 PM on January 31, 2008


Crazy. I wish they had more photo gallery, less youtube footage of totally motionless scenes.
posted by aubilenon at 3:18 PM on January 31, 2008


Wonderful. Maybe add a photo/photograph/art tag?
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 3:24 PM on January 31, 2008


Wow. Spooky . Sign me up for a field trip to Kolmanskop.
posted by heatherbeth at 3:26 PM on January 31, 2008


Freaky cool.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 3:33 PM on January 31, 2008


These are absolutely surreal. They're just missing the apple-faced man in the derby hat.
posted by katillathehun at 3:45 PM on January 31, 2008


Here are some pictures. Not an extensive gallery by any means but certainly more impactful than the youtube video.

It's interesting to note that the town has been restored somewhat in order to draw tourist cash flow. To which I ask who actually owns this town and where do the tourist dollars go? Private or public and how would this relate to other ghost towns? In example if I wanted to buy a ghost town, who would I speak to (not that plan on it)?
posted by JakeEXTREME at 4:07 PM on January 31, 2008


...the town has been restored somewhat in order to draw tourist cash flow.

Heh. Now I'm getting a mind's eye image of guys feverishly shoveling fresh sand into these houses before the next tour bus arrives!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:18 PM on January 31, 2008


I'd love to see some before pictures. Thanks for showing this to us.
posted by gc at 4:48 PM on January 31, 2008


For a GREAT movie filmed there, see Kristian Levring's The King is Alive, a Dogma adaptation of King Lear that finds a number of tourists stranded in Kolmanskop when their bus gets lost off the highway. I found it to be very powerful.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 5:17 PM on January 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


Dust Devil is excellent too.
posted by raygirvan at 6:04 PM on January 31, 2008


Lovely and haunting.
posted by amyms at 6:46 PM on January 31, 2008


Yes, this place is pretty unforgettable (I was there in '91). There was one guide who apparently spent a lot of his time hiking and he had this amazing 1000 yard stare due to it. You're also not allowed to roam around off-road near there due to the rough diamonds on the ground.
posted by mdoar at 9:29 PM on January 31, 2008


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