|N.B. If you have
seen the film "Dust Devil" (and if you haven't, you should -
not a great film, but the location is impeccable) you may recognize some
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Detail from wall in Turnhalle
Kolmanskop from Finance Director's house
|Kolmanskop is a short distance from Lüderitz,
where most visitors stay, and where you can get permits to enter (entry
must be as part of an organised group).
The sheer amount
of money generated in the diamond mines could be seen in the daily
deliveries of ice and drinking water (each house came equipped with a
The town was finally deserted in 1956,
with the remaining inhabitants gradually seeking more comfortable
habitation (and the possibility of work) in the towns and cities.