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See what small ghost towns looked like when they were thriving back in the day.

August 26, 2015


Anthracite, Alberta

This town existed from 1886 to 1904 during a coal mining operation carried out by the Canadian Anthracite Coal Company in the surrounding Banff National Park. The town consisted of one general store, one hardware store, one hotel, one pool hall, one restaurant, and a barber shop. Anthracite also became a hotspot for illegal activities such as prostitution and the illegal consumption of alcohol. After some bad luck with the mine it was closed and reopened again the next year, but due to flooding and more bad luck the coal was deserted and mining in the area was eventually banned by the government.

Photo source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthracite,_Alberta


Cadomin, Alberta

The name of this town is an acronym for ‘Canadian Dominion Mining’ and was thriving between the 1920s to the 1950s with approximately 1800 residents. The Mine eventually closed in 1952 due to declining markets as the railroads replaced steam locomotives with diesel.

Photo source: https://albertashistoricplaces.wordpress.com/tag/cadomin/


Maybutt, Alberta

Big plans were made for the town of Maybutt when the Canadian Pacific Railroad announced there would be a third line added to the town, running from Fort McLeod to Helena, Montana. Plans; however, never got past the planning stage. This fate of the town saw the population to its ultimate demise. The town is now currently home to less than 20 people. 

Photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stirlingab/8537561487/


Mountain Park, Alberta

Production of steam coal for the railroad began in 1912, but flooding, debt, and decline in the coal market forced the mine’s closure in 1950. Only a cemetery remains in the town now.

Photo source: http://www.ghosttownpix.com/alberta/mtn.html


Nemiscam, Alberta

During prosperous years Nemiscam has many amenities for its residents, but in the mid 60s the population went down to just 17 people. Six abandoned buildings still remain.

Photo source: http://flickrhivemind.net/Tags/abandoned,nemiscam/Interesting


Orion, Alberta

Orion was once a prosperous farming community founded in 1916. A drought and dust storms signaled the end for Orion and all that is left of this town is now abandoned shops and homes.

Photo source: http://www.flickriver.com/places/Canada/Alberta/Orion/recent/