TikTok customers have found a creepy ‘ghost city’ of deserted mansions in Missouri: ‘I’m scared’
The Indian Ridge Resort in Branson, Missouri is not your average ghost town.
TikTok users love a good abandoned place. Whether it’s exploring “haunted” hotels, filming in a creepy “castle” or finding hidden hallways in their own four walls, users have consistently gone viral for sharing bizarre, deserted rooms.
However, few videos have scared TikTokers as much as a recent clip from user @ carriejernigan1. TikToker’s Post, which has nearly 14 million views, offers a brief video tour of Missouri’s famous, abandoned, high-end neighborhood.
“Have you ever seen a subdivision full of abandoned mansions?” @ carriejernigan1 asks at the beginning of her clip.
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As @ carriejernigan1 explains in their video, the Indian Ridge Resort was supposed to be a $ 1.6 billion development, complete with a wild load of luxurious amenities. According to Missouri-based KYTV-TV, the developers wanted the Indian Ridge Resort to feature a mall, a marina, a golf course, a 390-room hotel, a museum, and the second largest indoor water park in the world.
Many of these projects never got off the ground, as the video from @ carriejernigan1 shows. TikTok users were naturally sneaked out of their clip of decaying McMansions amid a sea of overgrown plants. Some called the ghost town “scary” or “nightmare inducing”.
“I’m scared,” wrote one user.
“I want to go there but it looks haunted,” added another.
“I’ve been there and it’s one of the worst feelings I’ve ever felt,” claimed another.
Why is Indian Ridge Resort being abandoned?
According to KYTV-TV, the Indian Ridge Resort was first announced in 2006. The development was ambitious – and obviously expensive – but also inappropriately timed.
Two years later, the. The 2008 financial crisis paralyzed the real estate market. This, along with legal issues, practically ensured that the project never materialized. As reported by the Springfield News Leader, two companies involved in the development pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act. Other people involved in the project also admitted to conspiring to commit bank fraud.
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According to the news leader, construction was completely suspended by 2009. Now the neighborhood is little more than a ghost town – and a TikTok famous one at that.
TikTok commenters asked @ carriejernigan1 more about the development – including why the project never resumed and why the completed homes won’t be used for anything else. The TikToker who is also a lawyer tried her best to respond with answers.
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