Atlas Obscura published an amazing pictorial today of this Namibian diamond-rush town, which was founded in 1908 and was completely abandoned by 1960. Check out the description:
“Residents of Kolmanskop accumulated enough wealth to build an entire town influenced by German aesthetics, replete with ballrooms, bowling alleys, mansions, and the first x-ray machine south of the equator.”
All this and more, and it’s now being slowly buried under sand. Go see the photos.