10 Toxic Towns You Still Can’t Live In

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New Idria, California, USA

New Idria in northern California’s Diablo Mountain Range was founded in 1854 to house workers who toiled away in the adjacent mercury mine, which went on to become one of America’s chief producers of the metal. By the mid-20th century, the town was a bustling community and had a number of shops, a post office, a school and a church.

The mine closed down in 1972 leading to a mass exodus of workers and their families. Its livelihood stripped away, New Idria fast became a deserted ghost town.

Concerns over contamination in the area began building in the 1990s and since then, worrying levels of mercury and other toxic metals have been detected in the town and downstream of the mine.

In 2010, a fire ripped through buildings on the settlement’s north side and two years later the south side of the town was fenced off. Despite this, several former residents were known to visit periodically during this time, including the last mining supervisor Mark Ward, who would travel to the site with his wife and son to repair damaged structures.

Clean-up operations were conducted in 2012 and 2015 but the site remains toxic and uninhabitable. In addition to mercury and heavy metal contaminants, a large tract of land south of New Idria has been deemed an Asbestos Hazard Area. This is one place in sunny California you definitely want to steer clear of.

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14 Comments

  1. Grace Neff says

    Many more of towns like these will probably be seen in the future.

  2. Harold says

    our big cities are TOXIC not because of TOCIC WASTE BUT BECAUSE OF HUMAN WASTE!!!!!!!

  3. Marilyn Barkasy says

    Visited the Centralia Pa. area several years ago, it was horrible, the smell was awful from the burning mines, you still see smoke coming to the surface. Try s they may, under ground fires will not be able to be controlled. Sad.

  4. Grace Neff says

    The corona virus might be the payback for the way humans have, and continue to, destroy everything livable on this planet!!

  5. Dr. Jerry Cronin says

    We have several villages on the East side of Gallup, NM affected by the largest uranium spill in the history of the United States (Churchrock mine, 1979) and the URI company STILL hasn’t bothered to clean it up properly! Cancer anybody!

  6. Elizabeth M. Jenkins says

    So true!

  7. A Yank Chick says

    Sadly Corona virus will be the scapegoat for any illness anyone has died from in the past year. Wake up people and use your common sense. I had a horrible experience with the Hong Kong flu in 1968, I was a sophomore in college…
    I was in a near coma and not responding for several days.

    Many died from the same flu despite the access to penicillin.. I was taken home and finished my exams from home that year. NO ONE QUARANTINED. They didn’t sanitize their bodies or wear masks 24/7.

    If we don’t get it now, we will create an ongoing nightmare for our children for decades. WASH HANDS,BATHE AND WASH FROM HEAD TO TOE DAILY. WASH YOUR CLOTHING AFTER WEARING ONCE. LET SHOES AND COATS AIR ON PORCHES TO PREVENT SPREAD OF SAID. VIRUS!!!!

    Use your god given 🧠

  8. Dan says

    Probably and might are pretty bold predictions. Jesus will probably come to earth soon and he might not like what he sees.

  9. Norton says

    You are such the fool! The freaking communist party of CHINA did this to the U.S. You’re a fool to think otherwise. And in your case, a moron.

    MAGA
    screw the old man bidet.

  10. Shirley says

    Humans are very selfish..ALWAYS HAVE BEEN AND WILL PROBABLY ALWAYS BE! WE WANT EVERYTHING AND WANT IT RIGHT NOW! All These beautiful places reduced to rubble because we are selfish! We have not been kind to the earth …PEACE AN GOODWILL TO ALL OF US!!WAR HAS NEVER BEEN THE ANSWER ! MAY WE BE FORGIVEN! LOVE IS THE ANSWER!

  11. Dave Meachum says

    Have been to Centrailia Pa several times over 45 years ago, didn’t feel safe driving on the streets back then, wouldn’t go near there now.

  12. L. J. S. says

    The corona virus was made in a lab in China, wanting to kill the economies of the world so they could be the global dictators. Maybe Joe Biden made a deal to help China in exchange for the $1.5 billion he & Hunter were given & including the $3.5 million given to them by Russia, etc. 35 American companies who make their goods in China have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to remove the sanctions from China – these include FOMOCO, Target, Tesla, WalMart just to name a few. A U. S. President doesn’t need permission to place sanctions on anyone & these companies certainly don’t have America or our citizen’s interests at heart. They’re desperate to bring their products into America & make millions just like they have been doing, letting their new communist country, China, make all the profits while bleeding America dry. All of those who turn their backs on America want this country destroyed for communism. If you elect Biden & his communist party you’ll have succeeded in destroying the only hope the world has for freedom & peace.

  13. Bob S says

    the so called corona virus is germ warfare. Plain and simple. The chicoms wanted to level the playing field financially when their country got hit by their out of control experiment.
    wake up and smell the coffee. the communists are NOT nice people

  14. Tom Tucker says

    Humans are the earth’s cancer and will eventually kill it.

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