Mining

Centralia

The Ground is Smoking in Centralia, Pennsylvania

Centralia was incorporated as a borough in 1866 when coal was discovered in the area. Coal mining gave birth to the town and it...
Kolmanskop Namibia ghost town

Diamond in the Desert: Kolmanskop, Namibia

Once a thriving diamond-mining town, Kolmanskop is now abandoned, fighting a constant battle against the sandstorms and Mother Nature in the Namibian desert. Founded in...

Biggest Vehicle in the World: Bagger 293

Exactly how big does a land-based vehicle need to be to qualify for the Guinness Book of World Records as largest in the world?...
Empire Nevada

Empire: Abandoned Company Town of Nevada

A company town is a town where all property and services are owned by the employer. For an employer who plies its trade in...

Ghosts of the Duluth, Missabe, and Iron Range Railroad

Northern Minnesota's economy has been powered by locomotives for over one hundred and thirty years. The ensuing boom after the nineteenth-century discovery of iron...

Turkmenistan’s Door to Hell

Turkmenistan is seventy percent desert – the Karakum Desert, to be exact. The nation is divided into five provinces, the second largest being the...