By Jade Johnston
826 kilometers by rail to the closest town, and located on one of the longest stretches of rail in the world, Cook Australia is a ghost town. Built in 1917, the town was originally founded as a support town for the railway. When the railway was privatized, and the companies no longer required these services, Cook’s main industry was lost.
The town now supports a population of about 4 people, who comprise the one last family who has decided to stay in Cook. Even though these residents are hundreds of kilometers from any other community, they say they do not feel isolated. With television, telephone, and internet communications, the residents still manage to feel connected despite their remote location.
Wandering around what remains of the village of Cook is a photographers dream. Old painting peel off of buildings in the sun, relics from the past sit out in plain sight, and a clear example of how the population of Cook had to make due with their own ingenuity and creativity shines through in everything.
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