Modern Br. Columbia ghost town for sale

Sept. 14, 2004 at 7:47 AM

NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- An entire modern British Columbia ghost town is up for sale for $5.3 million and includes a mall and a hospital with an X-ray machine still in its wrapping.

The coastal town of Kitsault, 85 miles northeast of Prince Rupert has been abandoned since a nearby molybdenum mine closed in 1982, the Globe and Mail reported Tuesday.

U.S. copper giant Phelps Dodge Corp., now owns it, and has asked Rudy Nielson's company to find a buyer for the whole town, which once housed 1,200 people.

Apart from 200 acres of dense evergreen wilderness with nearly a mile of beach, the package includes 92 three-bedroom houses with basements and fireplaces, seven apartment buildings containing 210 units, a fully equipped hospital, a brand new shopping mall and two recreation centers with swimming pool, library, curling rink and a pub.

Power lines, telephone service and sewage connections are intact, and even the streets have been maintained by a live-in custodian.

Nielsen said so far he has attracted one interested buyer, a U.S. company that specializes in recreational property.

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