Namibia was once a German colony from 1884 to 1915, and when diamonds were found in 1908, many German miners migrated and built a fully-functional town of their own in the desert. This town was Kolmanskop, and it was equipped with many luxurious Western amenities and designed with the distinct German architectural style.
After the first World War, the town began to decline as the diamonds were slowly being exhausted. The miners left one by one, and by 1954 Kolmanskop was completely abandoned to be the ghost town that it is today.
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