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10 Abandoned Hotels That Will Give You Chills

Reader's Digest Logo By Lauren Cahn of Reader's Digest | Slide 2 of 11: On Adelaide Street in the tiny municipality of Birdsville, Australia, you'll find the ruins of what was once the Royal Hotel, built circa 1883. "Birdsville is well-known for its dust storms, the scorching heat in summer, and its loneliness," writes Rita's Outback Guide. The Royal operated as a hotel for only 40 years. For a brief period in the early 20th century, it was used as a hospital/nursing home by a religious mission. When the mission left, the town's population dwindled (in 2016, the population was a mere 140), and the building was left to deteriorate.

A small town gets smaller

On Adelaide Street in the tiny municipality of Birdsville, Australia, you'll find the ruins of what was once the Royal Hotel, built circa 1883. "Birdsville is well-known for its dust storms, the scorching heat in summer, and its loneliness," writes Rita's Outback Guide. The Royal operated as a hotel for only 40 years. For a brief period in the early 20th century, it was used as a hospital/nursing home by a religious mission. When the mission left, the town's population dwindled (in 2016, the population was a mere 140), and the building was left to deteriorate.
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