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Here you can see one of the interiors of the ghost town that is being taken over by the desert sands.

In 1908, the railway worker Zacharias Lewala found a sparkling stone amongst the sand he was shoveling away from the railway line, near Kolmanskop. His supervisor August Stauch, was convinced it was a diamond and when this was confirmed, the news spread like wildfire, sparking a huge, frantic diamond rush and causing fortune hunters to converge in droves on Kolmanskop.

The town soon developed, becoming a bustling little centre and providing shelter for workers from the harsh environment of the Namib Desert. Large, elegant houses were built and it soon resembled a German town, complete with an impressive array of amenities.

The development of Kolmanskop reached its height in the 1920's, but the town declined after World War 2, when diamond prices crashed.
Within a span of 40 years Kolmanskop lived, flourished and died.

Today the desert is slowly reclaiming this town and all that remains are ruins, sand and ghosts.

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Additional Photos by Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1340 W: 52 N: 2517] (14978)
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