Abandoned places with unnerving histories

Abandoned hotels, haunted homes, and deserted railway stations can be found all over the world and with the click of your mouse. We have the photos of the creepiest places you haven’t seen that come with the unnerving histories and tales of their existence.

Abandoned Doll Factory: Spain

The historical background of this abandoned doll factory in Spain remains a mystery but one thing is for certain, it’s ridiculously creepy. The location was discovered by urban explorer Nacho Labrador and is rumored to be cursed. The property is littered with dead chickens strung up on crosses as a result of ritual sacrifice and the explorer, Nacho, stated on his blog that he had to return a doll’s head he took from the rubble because of an unexplainable force that followed him home with it. This is one abandoned location that sits in silence for a good reason.

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Dadipark: Dadizel, Belgium

Dadipark in central Dadizel, Belguim was a theme park that catered to small children with a big love for rides. The park opened in the 1950’s and closed down in 2002 with plans to renovate, but seemingly so, the makeover never happened. Belgians assume that the re-openings were permanently stalled because of an accident in 2000; a young boy lost his arm on a water ride and the park’s reputation and credibility was tarnished. In 2012, plans were put into motion to demolish the theme park but have slowly been implemented. For now, the one place of fun is now a lonely, deteriorating heap of trash.

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The Eastern State Penitentiary: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nothing sets the scene for a horror movie quite like an abandoned penitentiary. The prison was open from 1829 until 1971 and locked up some of the biggest names in crime such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton. This particular penitentiary created the wheel shape building model that is now used for most modern prisons. Today, the Eastern State Penitentiary is a historical landmark of Philadelphia and sits still for the remainder of time.

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The Screaming Tunnel: Ontario, Canda

The Screaming Tunnel in Ontario, Canada is a sealed up, abandoned location near the Niagara Falls. The tunnel used to be open access and ran underneath the Grand Trunk Railway until the 1900s. Legend has it, that during the 1800’s a young girl escaped a nearby, burning farm and crawled into the tunnel to die. Locals claim that her ghost haunts the tunnel and you can hear faint screaming in the night. It’s a small tunnel made of limestone but it’s had a significant impact on the community that surrounds it.

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Sanzhi UFO Houses: San Zhi, Taiwan

These yellow houses that look like containment capsules were once promised to U.S. military personnel stationed in Taiwan. The construction of the homes began in 1978, but in 1980 investment for the project fell through and the UFO houses went unfinished. Investors pulled out of the project because of the several car accidents and suicides that took place on the property during construction. The Taiwanese insist that these unfortunate happenings were actually the result of a curse; to build the winding road at the entrance of the housing complex, workers demolished the Chinese dragon statue and in doing so, dishonored the sculpture’s spirit.

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The Last House on Holland Island

This house was originally built in 1988 and has stood strong for over a century. The Victorian-style home was a part of the first successful island colony in Chesapeake Bay, until the land’s mud and coastal erosion slowly deteriorated the colonial families’ homes and living conditions. A tropical storm in 1918 was the straw that broke the camel’s back for the early settlers, so they packed their bags and abandoned their first American home. There have been a few attempts to preserve the last remaining piece of Holland Island but as the story goes, you just can’t find mother nature.

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Abandoned Military Hospital: Beelitz, Germany

The Beelitz Military Hospital in Germany was built in the early 1800’s and ran promptly until the Soviets abandoned it in 1995. This is the same hospital that treated Adolf Hitler for a wound he sustained during the Battle of Somme in 1916. The massive military hospital in abandoned until this very day, although, a few pieces of the property have been restored for aesthetic and historical sake. The inside is still true to form and resembles the eerie, stereotypical image of an abandoned asylum.

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Gulliver’s Travels Park: Kawaguchi, Japan

The Gulliver’s Travels Park in Japan was built based on the 18th century novel by Jonathan Swift. The park was only open for 4 years and closed down due to lack interest. The theme park was already creepy enough, especially with giant centerpiece of Gulliver himself being tied down to the ground, but the nearby locations surrounding the park were even more freakish. Gulliver’s Travels Park was built next to Japan’s Suicide Forest and near the site of a sacrificial Japanese cult that killed 13 people in 1995. Who would want to go eat cotton candy next to these sinister locations?

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Bannerman Castle: Pollepel Island, New York

Believe it or not, this abandoned castle was built to be a storage space for Francis Bannerman VI. Bannerman built the castle in 1900 after buying an American military surplus back from the Spanish after the war. In 1920, a large collection of explosives went off inside the castle, leaving it in ruins and rendering it pretty much useless. Now, Bannerman’s Castle is the property of the New York State Parks Office and is slowly collapsing piece by piece. In 2015, a woman named Angelika Graswald was murdered by her fiance on the abandoned castle grounds.

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Salto Hotel: Colombia

The abandoned Salto Hotel sits in the mountains of Columbia near the Tequendema Falls. The 157-meter waterfall served as a tourist attraction during the 1920’s and the Columbian government thought they’d get in on a piece of that money action. By the 1990’s people lost in the big waterfall and the hotel had to close down after a large marginal loss of profit. Locals believe the hotel is haunted because of the increased number of suicides that take place there every year. It’s also super spooky, so why wouldn’t a ghost want to live there?

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Lion City: Shicheng, China

In Shicheng, China is the amazing underwater paradise known as Lion City. The trapped water wonderland is about 1300 years old and is located in the Zhejiang province in Eastern China. The city suddenly sunk beneath the water in 1959 during the construction of the Xin’an River Hydropower Station and has looks as if it was stuffed into an unbreakable time capsule. At the moment, there’s a proposal in place to make the sunken city a tour destination for divers.

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Six Flags Jazzland: New Orleans, Louisiana

Six Flags Jazzland was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina and most of the park was destroyed by the storm. There are a few rollercoasters and smaller rides still intact, which now serve as a symbol of resilience for the city of New Orleans and their fight back against KAtrina’s aftermath. Six Flags Jazzland is expected to see a renovation in the future but as for right, adequate funds are still lacking. The amusement park has been abandoned for years and is looking quite creepy, if we don’t say so ourselves.

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The Sunken Yacht: Antarctica

If Titanic creeps you out, wait until you get a load of this sunken ship. The Sunken Yacht in Antarctica was shipwrecked and frozen underneath the water’s surface in 2012. The Brazilian ship was capsized and four crews, who were filming a documentary, were rescued by the Chilean Navy Base before going down with the ship. She sat frozen, below the water’s surface for a year after the accident. We have good news, though! The yacht was rescued in 2013 and was fully restored thanks to her insurance money.

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Farmhouse: Seneca Lake, New York

This history behind this farmhouse in Seneca Lake, New York in unknown. No local community members were aware of its existence until a few years ago when a New York photographer found it on a hike and posted her pictures on a personal blog. The abandoned farmhouse clearly used to be someone’s home and is a host location to a graveyard of vintage cars from the 30’s and 40’s. Maybe the owner was a collector? Regardless, this old house is falling apart and no one knows who used to live there.

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Red Sands Sea Forts: Sealand, United Kingdom

The Red Sands Sea Forts in the United Kingdom were built and used during World War ll to protect the River Thames (any invasion of Nazi troops from passing it). Since the war they’ve been isolated and abandoned, with the exception of a few inhabitants from the micronation Sealand off the coast of England. There have also been attempts to issue pirate radio stations from the former forts and one successful attempt made in 1964 by Paddy Roy Bates.

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The Floating Forest: Sydney, Australia

The 102-Year-Old Floating Forest in Sydney, Australia used to be known as the SS Ayrfield. The SS Ayrfield shipwrecked at the end of World War ll and stayed where it was after its crew abandoned deck. Since then, there has been no attempt to remove it from the water. So naturally, nature began to run its course on the now perfect greenery that serves as a centerpiece in the middle of the water. It’s quite beautiful – if it was demolished, it would really be an awful shame.

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Christ Of The Abyss: San Fruttuoso, Italy

The Christ of the Abyss’ history is as haunting as the sunken statue looks. The bronze sculpture was created by Italian artist, Guido Galletti, and the concept of the underwater Christ was envisioned by diver, Duilio Marcante. It was purposefully placed in the precise location of the death of the first Italian Scuba gear, Dario Gonzatti. Christ of the Abyss sits alone and abandoned at the bottom of the ocean floor off the coast of the Italian Riviera, visited by a few diving tourists each year. The bronze sculpure is meant to convey an emotion of hope and peace amongst the living and dead.

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Holy Land USA: Waterbury, Connecticut

Holy Land USA was a theme park based on different sections of the bible, in case you couldn’t guess that by the name. It includes attractions such as stations of the cross, a chapel, replicas of Israelite villages and the Garden of Eden. The park opened in 1960 and closed in 1986 because oh, who knows? Maybe folks didn’t really take to the idea of a religious theme park? Anyway, the park was abandoned and left to deteriorate until 2013 when Mayor Neil O’Leary bought the property with plans to renovate and re-open it. But, it’s still abandoned and not exactly open for business.

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Mirny Diamond Mine: Eastern Siberia, Russia

Stalin seemed to be a pretty desperate man when it came to pleasing his people. He ordered the construction of this massive man-made hole to produce industrial diamonds, but the mine named Mirny proved to be to heavy a burden to bare. Now the second largest man-made hole in the world (and most abandoned), Mirny remains incomplete and totally useless to society. Today, it’s 1,722 feet (525 meters) deep and 3,900 feet wide across. The site is off-limits to helicopters since they could get sucked in to metaphorical black hole.

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The Jet Star Rollercoaster: Seaside Heights, New Jersey

The Jet Star Rollercoaster was a favorite ride amongst shore goers before Hurricane Sandy took it for a ride of its own in 2013. The rollercoaster was swept off shore and into the Atlantic Ocean, standing there for about 6 months before it was demolished and cleaned up from the sea. The remainder of the historic boardwalk’s attractions also had to be renovated.

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Kolmanskop: Namibia

Kolmanskop was a settlement in Namibia reached its peak population in the early 1900’s after a surplus of diamonds were discovered. German settlers created a home here that last for almost 50 years until the diamond industry depleted towards the end of World War ll and Kolmanskop became a deserted settlement that once was. We’d like to call it a ghost town but now it’s just full of sand, tourists, urban explorers, and professional photographers that want to get a glimpse of the place themselves.

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Michigan Central Station: Detroit, Michigan

The Michigan Central was the prime mode of transportation in 1912 and 1912. It eventually closed it doors in 1988 and all attempts at restoration have failed in the last two decades. The train station lost its pasengers partially due to the rise of the automobile and partially because of Amtrak ownership. A transportation central project was to be begin after Amtrak purchased the station in 1971 but failed to implement it. Now, the train station is subject to vandalism and graffiti art with no saving in near sight.

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Wreck Of The SS America: Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

The SS America has been slowly making its descent into the water since 1994. The large ship was beached during a turbulent storm and the crew had to be rescued to safety. A year after the wreck, the ship broke into two pieces and lost its back-half. In 2007, the SS had rapidly deteriorated and was corroded form the inside out, almost completely submergged by the ocean. By 2012, the ship is almost unrecognizable and barely peaking out of the water. It’s kind of like Titanic – except, moving much, much slower.

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Ryugyong Hotel: Pyongyang, North Korea

The Ryugyong Hotel was an architectural challenge that the Koreans were willing to take on. They began building the 105 story building in 1987 but had to halt construction in 1995 because of the national famine crisis. Once the economy found a wa to get back on its feet, construction resumed – unsuccessfully. The hotel is still incomplete and mostly abandoned, except for the few finished portions of the impossible project that time and the Koreans just sort of stopped caring about.

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Retro Bar In The Pines Hotel

The old retro bar in the Pines Hotel has been abandoned since the early 1990’s. It was first built in the 30’s and experienced it’s peak during the 40’s and 50’s. The Pines was apart of a chain of resorts frequented by the New York Jewish population but business started decline in the 1980’s. The retro bar is still abandoned along with the rest of the property and urban explorers like to trespass with glow sticks and soak up the funky vibe. It does look like it would be a cool place to throw an underground rave, right?

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Chateau Miranda: Celles, Belgium

The Chateau Miranda in Belgium looks like the type of gothic masterpiece that the Addams Family would want to live in. The castle was originally built by French aristocrats who wanted to escape the French Revolution, but it remained deserted until it was used as an orphange after World War ll. After funding fell through in 1980, the orphanage ceased to exist and the castle remained abandoned ever since. Today, it’s frequented by ghost hunters because of its spooky attributes – but no ghost legends are actually attached to the old mansion.

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Canfranc Rail Station: Spain

What was once the most regal and majestic method of travel in Spain, quickly became the abandoned and collapsing house of mystery it’s known as today. During World War ll, the Nazi occupation put the Canfranc Rail Station out of business and never made a comeback. However, in recent years scientists have been attempting to study the underground tunnels that lead directly inside France’s borders. There’s a piece of mystery beneath the surface of this old railway station that has yet to be uncovered.

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The New Bedford Orphuem

Want to hear one of the most creepiest facts about the New Bedford Orphuem? It was opened on April 15th, 1912, the day the Titanic sank. The Orpheum closed in 1959 and was opened on the rare occassion for special events and performances. By 1962, it was purchased by a tobacco company and used for storage. From this point forward, it was pretty much neglected and eventually, altogether abandoned. A supermarket currently occupies a small portion of the building but the theatre remains empty, dusty, and falling apart.

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Domino Sugar Factory: Brooklyn, New York

The Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn has been abandoned since 2004 and to be completely honest, it was a long time coming. Not because we don’t love (what American doesn’t love sugar?). It’s because the factory fell victim to a numver of unfortunate circumstances during it’s 148 year operation. In 1917, their was an explosion in the plant that killed several workers and a crowd the size of 15,000 gathered to see the place partially burn down. In 2000, 250 workers protested for a consecutive 20 months until poor working conditions were addressed. The sugar factory’s reputation eventually caught up to it and now it’s an abandoned factory, just like the rest of them.

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The Great Wall: China

It’s clear to see why the overgrown portion of China’s Great Wall has been abandoned. The tourist attraction, which is almost always crowded, is partially hidden by the sprawling greenery that’s covering the decaying pieces of the Great Wall. The vegetation is expected to expand down the Chinese symbol for strength of the course of the next 100 years, but until then, we still have plenty of time to make the journey over the site and see it.

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Abandoned Mill: Ontario, Canada

No one knows why this mill was abandoned, but it’s recorded as being ditched in 1915. It only operated for 4 years, built by Thomas “Carbide” Wilson in 1911, and produced a healthy amount of phosphate fertilizer. Experts assume that the mill was deserted in 1915 since that’s the year that Wilson died and no one was left to run the place properly. Regardless, it looks pretty eerie in a picture – how would it feel to stand on those rocks and actually see it in person?

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The Island Of Dolls: Mexico

The Island of Dolls in Mexico was a tropical area of land that was tended to by a local caretaker, Julián Santana Barrera. In 1951, the caretaker found the body of a young girl who died in the area’s water channel and he strung doll in one of the trees to give a host to her spirit. Over the next decade, locals hung their own dolls on the trees to provide a resting place for the girls spirit. Allegedly, the former caretaker was found dead in the same location as the young girl who drowned in 1951.

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Hashima Island: Japan

Hashima Island was once inhabited by a large society mines – 5,000 of them to be exact. Around 1975, Japan replaced coal with petrol as its main source of fuel and the miners quickly abanoned the once flourishing island. The island sat completely desolate for over 30 years until it eas re-opened to curious tourists in 2009. Interest in the island gave the push it needed to become an industrial heritage site, but it’s still collapsing and left it in the state it was last seen in back in the mid 70’s.

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Aniva Rock Lighthouse: Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia

This abandoned lighthouse was once the desire of both the Russians and the Japanese. It was originally built by the Japanese in 1939 but the Russians had property of the rock it sits on since the late 1800’s. After War ll, the Soviet Union claimed the territory again and turned the diesel fueled engines into radioactive ones, before being abandoned around 1950. The lighthouse is suspected to radioactive, which would explain its abandonment, but urban explorers still trespass regardless of the potential health risks.

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Snow Sunken Church: Reschen, Italy

This snow sunken church in Italy may be abandoned, but it’s such a beautiful sight to see. The church somehow ended up in the center of a lake and tourists brave the thin layer of ice during winter to get an up close and personal look. During the wamer months of the year, the 14th century church is the centerpiece for the man-made lake. It really does have the perfect scenery, though: it sits in front of the Alps in Curon Venosta, Italy.

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Willard Asylum: Willard, New York

The Willard Asylum opened for business in 1869 and ran until it no longer could in 1995. It shut its doors after they surpassed the maxiumum allowed capacity of the building, resulting in thousands of deaths during the time of its operations. The morge was the busiest room in the whol asylum, so you could imagine what a mess that place looks like now. A small portion of the mental hospital’s patients eventually integrated back into society, with the remainder calling the Willard house a home for life.

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Abandoned Hanging Room In A Coal Mine

“Hanging room” in a coal mine actually means men’s bathroom. The abandoned location is a coal preparation plant located in Limburg, Belgium. The prep plant was abandoned in 1989 for unknown reasons, although, it’s a common assumption that the plant was just too big for the limited services it provided. The Belgian government has gone back and forth over whether or not demolish or find a way to re-use the old mining plant. For now, it cold, alone, and dark in all its spooky glory.

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Abandoned Church: Czech Republic

The Church of the 9 Ghosts in the Czech Republic was abandoned in 1968 after the chapel’s roof caved in during a funeral service. The locals saw this as a bad omen, evacuated the 14th century church, and boarded up the entry ways. It was abandoed until 2013 when a Czech artist wanted to put some “life” back into the house of worship. He created and art installation, which is the collection of sheeted figures you see below. Today, pieces of the church have been restored and it’s a historical landmark. But, you can bet your bottom no one is showing up for services.

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Abandoned Nuclear Reactor: Chernobyl

Pictured below, you can see the bare footprints left in this abandoned nuclear reactor in Chernobyl. The room has been left untouched, like the rest of Chernobyl and its surrounding towns, since 1986 when the nuclear catastrophe occured. After the accident, Chernobyl issued a 30 year no-go zone for the area to keep tourists and tresspassers from endangering their health. Today, you can enter Chernobyl but only the guidance of a tour master and when radiation levels are down.

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Pripyat, Ukraine

Pripyat, Ukraine was a nearby city that had to evacuate its 50,000 residents after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. The city has been abandoned and untouched for 30 years becaose of the high radiation levels in the region. Pripyat will remain a ghost town for the next thousands of ears, or at least, until some brilliant scientist finds a way to clean the air or live in the radiation without dying.

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