Chile

Oficina Humberstone

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Humberstone was the biggest “nitrate town” in northern Chile, producing salpeter that was used as fertilizer as well as for the production of explosives. Humberstone was deserted in 1960 and has been a ghost town since. In 2005 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today Humberstone is open for tourism and parts of it have been turned into an outdoor museum. Interestingly enough many of the deserted houses are completely empty: All of the interior fittings have been stolen…

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