The town was founded in 1915 when Opal mining was prominent in the area. Miners soon learned why the area had not been permanently settled when the summer heat made the desert area nearly unbearable. Temperatures are known to reach degrees as high as 125 Fahrenheit according to a report by Epoch Times
It was not long before the miners created what is now known as "Dugouts" or underground dwellings. Today the underground tunnel system holds 1,500 houses and about 2000 residents. The underground town also includes homes with walk-in closets, several churches, an art gallery and even a bookstore. Outdoor recreational sports are usually played during the cooler night hours. One popular night time sport is glow-in-the-dark golf.
With successful opal mining in the area dunning the area the largest opal mine in the world and tourists drawn to the unique town is helping Coober Pedy thrive. Other notable tourism interests include seeing the on site locations for blockbuster movies like Mad Max, Pitch Black, and Red Planet.
See a slideshow of the underground town here
courtesy of the Weather channel.
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