In the United States, most ghost towns are located in the western part of the country. Many of them have been built during the gold rush, and when the gold was gone - so where the people, migrating in search of work. Some became popular tourist destinations, generate income, and get protection in order to preserve their unique, historical character. Others are just sad, little places, haunted by ghosts of the past.But there is a company which takes the idea one step further. Apparently they do not like any of the already existing abandoned placed, and are actually going to construct one.
New Mexico can boast being home to several important scientific institutions and companies operating in the field of nuclear power. The newest addition to this noble set is supposed to be a a 20-miles-long Ghost Town - a gigantic, costing one billion USD, real-scale model of a small American town.
Even though the city will not be inhabited, it will be designed and constructed as if 35,000 people actually lived there. It will have real-life houses, real roads, highways, stores, offices, etc.. Simply everything a homeless ghost can dream of.
Project’s mission is by all means laudable. Pegasus Global Holdings wants to create The Center - which is its official name - to make it possible for the scientists to be able to put into practice all the green cities technologies and theories of the twenty-first century. The idea is to test them under most realistic conditions possible, but without the threat of also realistic, negative consequences in the event of failure.
As an example of potential beneficiaries of the project, Pegasus gives primarily companies that operate in the solar energy industry. With the 1:1 model of a town it will be possible to check and measure exactly, e.g., how electricity will be distributed and used in homes with different energy requirements.
Initially, the project is expected to provide employment for 350 people, but over time their number may increase tenfold - to 3,500- which is why the investor advertises the project as highly beneficial to the local community. He tries hard to win the favor of local authorities, since the town is planned to be erected on a land that belongs to the state.
According to Pegasus Global - the presence of such a huge, open-air laboratory in the long run will most definitely attract known companies and research centers, wishing to open their at the site to monitor the study.
The project is gathering momentum as recently the exact location for the construction has been determined. The ghost town will be located in Lea County, in the vicinity of the city of Hobbs.