Call it a ghost town or simply abandoned...these places have an air about them that sends shivers down our spines. Fueled by tales of hauntings or simply interesting histories, we seem to be drawn to these locations. Here are ten creepy abandoned cities time forgot.

5. Pripyat, Ukraine

Pripyat, Ukraine

Originally founded in 1970, Pripyat was officially declareda city in 1979.with a population of 50,000 Pripyat was thriving. But in 1986,the Chernobyl disaster happened. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant located nearthe city experienced an unexpected power surge during a system test whichcaused an explosion. The radioactive fallout became known as one of the worstnuclear disasters in history. Despite many deaths at the plant and people inthe surrounding area falling ill, the city was not evacuated until the followingday. Residents were told to only bring essentials, so everything was left as itwas.

4. North brother island, New York

North brother island, New York

From the late 1880 until the 1930s, north brother island washome to riverside hospital. Ten minutes away from the Bronx by boat, thatisolated island housed hundreds of patients with extremely contagious diseases.Sufferers of scarlet fever, smallpox, typhus and even leprosy were quarantinedon the island for the safety of others. During WWII, it was used to house warveterans and their families. Then in the 1950s it was used as a treatmentcenter for teenage drug addicts.in the early 1960s, staff corruption andpatient relapsing’s forced the facility to shut down. The abandoned island isnow off- limits to the public and a designated bird sanctuary.

3. Oradour

Oradour

When construction began in 1978, sanzhi pod city wasdesigned with u.s military officers and rich investors in mind. they hadintended for it to be part of a vacation resort, but it never came to pass.in1980 the project was abandoned due to financial issues and several fatalaccidents and suicides on- site. Many superstitious people believe the site wascursed; either by soldiers that were buried beneath the pod house wasdemolished in 2010, with plans to turn the area into a commercial seasideresort.

2. oradour- sur- glane, France

oradour- sur- glane, France

During way, orator- sur- glance was a village in Nazi-occupied france.in June 1944 German soldiers stormed the village, massacring642 people. After the war, it was decided that the destroyed village wouldremain as a memorial and a new village would be built nearby. The town is now atourist site that is highly visited during the day, but locals say theywouldn't enter the town at night, fearing ghosts that may be haunting the area.

1. St.elmo, Colorado

St.elmo, Colorado

Founded in 1880 as a gold and silver mining town, St. Elmoonce had a population of almost 2,000.in its peak, the town was equipped with aschool house, hotels, dance halls, a newspaper and a general store.in the early1920s, the mines began to shut down and the railroads discontinued service tothe area.by the 1950s, the town was all but abandoned. Today it is a historicsite where tourists can visit and rent four- wheelers to explore the area.

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