After a TikTok video featuring an abandoned station in Missouri garners millions of views, authorities are warning visitors to stay outside.
TikTok user @carriejernigan1 posted the video on March 26, sharing the story of the “ghost town” near Branson.
“Have you ever seen a housing estate full of abandoned homes?” asks a voice. “Every time we go to Branson, we pass the ghost town known as the Indian Ridge Resort.”
In the video, several abandoned multi-level houses perch in the clearing, many with broken windows and debris in their yards.
Since its publication, the video has been viewed more than 15 million times – and local authorities say visitors have flocked to the site.
“A recent Tik-Tok video went viral about the bankrupt Indian Ridge development,” Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader wrote in a Facebook post on Monday. “This made this place off of Highway 76 a tourist attraction.”
Rader, who said there was a “constant flow of people” entering the development over the weekend, warned visitors that they could be cited for trespassing since the development is privately owned.
“Our assistants are very busy handling service calls and really don’t want to write trespassing tickets,” Rader wrote. “Please do not enter the property. Please do not encroach on the property. “
Construction on the $ 1.6 billion Indian Ridge Resort project began in 2006.
Located on Table Rock Lake, the 900-acre development was to have an indoor water park, 390-room resort hotel, golf course, marina, condos, vacation homes and other luxury amenities, reported KY3.
The project collapsed during the 2008 recession.
Some of the buildings have been demolished while others are empty and unfinished, according to KTVI.
In 2015, four people pleaded guilty to a real estate fraud scheme involving the Indian Ridge Resort, according to the outlet.
The property has since found new owners and plans to develop the area are underway, KTVI reported.
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