10 Creepy Places Abandoned By God And Man
Cape Romano Dome Houses, Florida
Situated on the tip of Marco Island in Cape Romano, these homes were built in 1982 by an oilman, Bob Lee. Ahead of their time, they were self-sustaining, solar-powered, and made to withstand hurricanes, which they did – they made it through Hurricane Andrew unscathed thanks to their shape and elevation. After the Lee family sold the houses to John Tosto, Hurricane Wilma hit and washed away the shoreline, causing the Department of Environmental Protection to call for the houses to be removed. Tosto has not removed them, and the government has not moved forward on forced removal, so for now, they stand as an attraction for local tourists.
During World War II, the French Resistance kidnapped the commander of the 2nd SS Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion, Helmut Kampfe. The commander of the 1st Battalion aimed to take over the town of Oradour-sur-Vaynes, where Kampfe was rumored to be held, but mistakenly took Oradour-sur-Glanes. The battalion rounded up 648 inhabitants and visitors, putting the men in a barn and women and children in a church. They then machine-gunned and burned the buildings, killing all but one of the women, all the children, and all but 5 of the men they rounded up. After the war, General de Gaulle decided the village should not be rebuilt, and it has been left as a memorial, unchanged over time.