Ghost Town of Kitsault

Posted by on Thursday, June 16, 2016

662 km west of Prince George, BC sits the ghost town of Kitsault.

The town was established in 1979 as the home community to a molybdenum mine run by the Phelps Dodge corporation of the United States. 

Kitsault was designed for 1,200 residents and included a shopping mall, restaurant, swimming pool and bowling alley.
In 1982 the price of molybdenum crashed and the entire community was evacuated after just 18 months of residence. Molybdenum is a chemical element. The name is from Neo-Latin molybdaenum, from Ancient Greek molybdos, meaning lead, since its ores were confused with lead ores.

In 2004, the ghost town was bought by Indian-American businessman Krishnan Suthanthiran for $5.7 million, and has spent $2 million maintaining the town.

There is an ongoing effort to revitalize the ghost town. Kitsault has been proposed as a location for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal site for the export of natural gas from northwestern British Columbia.

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