Humberstone – Ghost town

Posted: August 11, 2011 in Chile

Day trip to Humberstone,

…influence and wealth of the nitrate boom whisper through the deserted ghost town of Humberstone. Established in 1872, this mining town once fizzed with an energy, culture and ingenuity that peaked in the 1940s. However, the development of synthetic nitrates forced the closure of the oficina by 1960; 3000 workers lost their jobs and the town dwindled to a forlorn shell of itself.

Strange wandering round a town with no people in!

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