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Taken for Granite => Intensive Porpoises => Topic started by: Cassander on May 12, 2005, 05:56:56 PM

Title: UE thread
Post by: Cassander on May 12, 2005, 05:56:56 PM
nacho and tyson are fellow urban explorers like me.  So, between the three of us, we should be able to come up with some entertaining stories, right?

I'll start.

Kent Ohio, before it became a college town, was a stopover for trains criscrossing the midwest.  There are tons of train tracks all around, and many of them are abandoned.  The bold tradition of "walking the tracks" was handed down to me and my roommate, the Great Ernesto, by some other guys in our first dorm.  

Oh, the terror!  For 18 year old freshmen who are still trying to get ahold of the whole "being on your own and responsible for your own safety and well-being" thing, this experience was terrifying...walking across the darkned town well after midnight, sneakthiefing through the quiet blocks of homes away from campus and jumping the guardrail of a bridge that traveled over one pair of tracks.  We walked, being led by the older students, aiming nowhere, stumbling over the ties.

Imagine pitch black. Ohio seems to manage this above all other states.  There are sounds in the woods on either side of you, skittering gravel, growling rodents, shrieking owls and...what's that rustling in the bushes!?

But it's worth all the fear when, far off in the distance you can see the beaming headlight of a freight train and start to hear the rumble.  You slide down the gravel slope into the woods, cowering there in the darkness, because engineers have been known to stop fifty-car trains and shoot rifles into the dark if they see trespassers, but when the engine has shot past, you know you're safe, so you come out of hiding, stagger up to the track again and hold your arms out as this metal behemoth flies past you at forty-five miles per hour, chang-chang, ching-chang.  The wind is incredible and the smell of pure racing metal is enticing.  

We went out at least once a month, including one stint where we went three times a week, guaging the different phases of the moon.  There are abandoned tracks that are falling apart and lead to rundown old water tanks, underpasses filled with graffitti, evidence of campfires and winos' beds.  And the tunnels...always a threat to be caught in one when a train comes.  One time Ernesto and I had no choice...we stood leaning flat against the concrete wall, pressing ourselves as thin as we could, and the train flew by six inches from our faces, and all we could think about was some stray bulkhead or loose door swinging wide and decapitating us.  But after it was over....well, our souls were never the same.  

I'll take anybody that wants to go sometime.  I've got the whole map in my head.  It's one of the only true ways to face your fear of the dark.

woo!
Title: UE thread
Post by: nacho on May 12, 2005, 06:27:17 PM
Put me on the list to go.  Less train dancing and more to the tumbledown shit.  All of that has been wiped out here in DC.  The old train spurs that used to serve the warehouses between Silver Spring and the city are fading away.  A few cool spots, but all privately owned areas now.  Warehouses still in action and well protected.

But a couple of the areas that could be reached have been torn up, broken down, built over, cleaned up.  The long arm of total gentrification.  Nothing dead should be visible from any of your windows.

A trip to Ohio should involve my usual visit to "the end of US 40."  Neat little spot outside St. Clairesville where 40 crumbles into a man-made swamp, backed up against the wall of I-70.  The old phone poles rotting away.  40 picks up later on, of course, but the Ohio stretch is some classic old road.  And between Hagerstown and the PA border, where you have to work really hard to stay with 40, criss-crossing I-68 and running into mysterious number changes and residential turnoffs.  Might be worth a trip from DC to Team Jackson using the best parts of US 40, eh?  

Now I have the urge to repost, from the old GS, my lengthy visit to the Forest Glen Seminary (www.operant.com/seminary/main_page.html).  Might get around to that in a bit.

Also, if we can manage a lengthy Ohio trip sometime, I'd like to write to the Forgotten Ohio folks and organize a joint tour of Crate City:
http://www.forgottenoh.com/Crate/crate.html

We should attempt (and it's so very hard, isn't it) to plan out a week for an Ohio adventure.  My time off is shot in July, thanks to the summer vacation.  But I return to good graces in September.  Maybe something around Labor Day?  Or maybe certain point covered around the weekend of the 4th?
Title: UE thread
Post by: nacho on May 12, 2005, 06:28:38 PM
Oh, fuck.

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UPDATE: I've received several reliable reports that Crate City, which stood behind Starck's storage locker area on Groveport Road in SE Columbus, has been bulldozed and no longer exists in an explorable form. I'll check up on this personally, but as of right now (September 2004) I can't confirm that it's still there. With all the housing developments popping up in the area, it doesn't surprise me that such a dangerous place would be gotten rid of. But it still sucks.


It's everywhere man!
Title: UE thread
Post by: Cassander on May 12, 2005, 06:39:45 PM
ha ha...september.  you slay me.

the days of road trips to ohio are coming to an end for me, my friend.  you know this.  this july is the last hurrah.  start in akron, the home base, day trips to kent bars, night walks on the tracks, record an album, try to break into the EJ Thomas building...Cleveland for the art museum, then a quick trip to Athens to see the unmarked graves and Cuckoo's Nest sanitorium.  also going to wellsburg for a weekend, the 9th i believe.  maybe i should drop in on action jackson and rascal ruschell.  then ann arbor and back down, perhaps stopping off in DC if you're back yet, then back to asheville and the folks.  

Gather my stuff and move on down to the Big Easy.  simple, right?
Title: UE thread
Post by: nacho on May 12, 2005, 06:51:42 PM
Oh, right, you have something due in September, don't you!  And speak of the devil, too. I just got done with a 20 minute call to the l-a-w-y-e-r.  He says:  "G'day!  Liquid lunch Friday?"

I'll be around in July.  We'll hook up, talk shop, and visit some DC sites.  And drink...drink...drink...drink...

And I'm going to visit the fuck out of you in NOLA.  You know that, right?
Title: UE thread
Post by: Cassander on May 12, 2005, 06:56:40 PM
come on down!

man, this forgottenohio site is awesome!  give me more!
Title: UE thread
Post by: nacho on May 12, 2005, 08:18:48 PM
Quote from: Cassander
come on down!

man, this forgottenohio site is awesome!  give me more!


You'll top my list.  Love NOLA.

www.drainsofmycity.com

www.actionsquad.org

www.njpinebarrens.com

www.deadplaces.org

http://1947project.blogspot.com/  (not really UE, but sometimes explores the LA rapid transit system that GM blew up -- literally and metaphorically)

www.teaser.fr/~aquintanar/ratp-img-en.html

www.infiltration.org/uic

www.abandonednc.com

http://unf.undergroundozarks.com/
Title: UE thread
Post by: Cassander on May 12, 2005, 09:18:53 PM
thanks!

yeah, we'll hook up and do the bourbon street thing.  and meet some bywater punks.

bring your bike!
Title: UE thread
Post by: Tyson on May 12, 2005, 09:19:34 PM
I tried to get some San Luis Obispo U.E. goin' on my freshman year, but Computer Science squashed those dreams pretty fast. I got a few good chuckles in, anyways:

http://fallingbullets.com/portfolio/design/websites/cue/

That's the old site.

The train tracks that come through SLO take a winding, sloping path northward that rises vertically probably a few hundred yards over two miles of tracks. My old chiropactor told me that you can hike up there and sneak through the tunnels that dot the tracks, but only a few of them would give you enough room on the side to ensure survivng a run through. Some have cut-outs every fifty yards or so, so when you hear a train, you have to dash to the closest one to avoid becoming one with the cement.

Other than that, I haven't had time to get words on the good places to explore. This summer, I can pose as a student studying building decay or something and hit up our libraries for information on abandoned hospitals and industrial plants.

Just me, a camera, and a bike this summer.
Title: UE thread
Post by: yotoc on May 13, 2005, 02:50:56 PM
Quote from: Cassander
ha ha...september.  you slay me.

the days of road trips to ohio are coming to an end for me, my friend.  you know this.  this july is the last hurrah.  start in akron, the home base, day trips to kent bars, night walks on the tracks, record an album, try to break into the EJ Thomas building...Cleveland for the art museum, then a quick trip to Athens to see the unmarked graves and Cuckoo's Nest sanitorium.  also going to wellsburg for a weekend, the 9th i believe.  maybe i should drop in on action jackson and rascal ruschell.  then ann arbor and back down, perhaps stopping off in DC if you're back yet, then back to asheville and the folks.  

Gather my stuff and move on down to the Big Easy.  simple, right?


Which Wellsburg?  WV?  That's where action is from ya know...  It's such a shithole.  If you go there and don't hop across the river for free beer I'll just have to kill you.
Title: UE thread
Post by: Cassander on May 13, 2005, 09:06:19 PM
i'll call you. give me yer number or address. we're going for community days...italian heaven.
Title: UE thread
Post by: yotoc on May 14, 2005, 09:17:40 AM
Quote from: Cassander
i'll call you. give me yer number or address. we're going for community days...italian heaven.


PM sent.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: fajwat on March 15, 2008, 07:18:41 PM
adding http://www.greatsociety.org/forums/index.php/topic,2251.0.html
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: fajwat on March 15, 2008, 07:19:15 PM
and looking for suggestions, since girlfriend is into UE.  details to follow.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on March 16, 2008, 01:11:20 AM
If she's into UE, hit RI Ave before all those warehouses are sold off.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: fajwat on March 16, 2008, 02:01:21 AM
which part?  College Park area?
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on March 16, 2008, 10:21:13 AM
No, at Rhode Island Ave.

All the good stuff is gone, thanks to gentrification.  Even those warehouses are tough to break into.  And CSX/the District just sold that huge stretch of nothingness so the bridge rooms and general decay along there will be gone soon. 

If you're into UE and so hot for a road trip, why not go up to Centralia?  It's just about a three hour drive, using interstates, four on backroads.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: fajwat on March 16, 2008, 04:09:27 PM
noted.  I hadn't realized how close it was. 

she only mentioned this *after* i booked the broadway ave. hotel.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on December 20, 2010, 06:11:53 PM
Oh-ho!  A new thread at SA:

http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3102383
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on January 10, 2011, 04:07:07 PM
Not necessarily urban exploration... Just an interesting story on an abandoned place. The government built city of Ordos in China, constructed for a million people it stands empty:

http://weburbanist.com/2011/01/10/the-empty-city-of-ordos-china-a-modern-ghost-town/

Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on March 07, 2011, 11:42:08 AM
Scouting New York is usually pretty good for UE stuff... Their most recent post really stands out:

http://www.scoutingny.com/?p=3708

Cliffdale Manor. Almost makes me want to drive up and poke around myself!
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 08, 2011, 10:46:54 PM
That's awesome!
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on March 10, 2011, 10:28:19 AM
Back when the Forest Glen Seminary was a huge, spooky place, I always had this dream of buying it.

Now it's a bunch of horrific condos surrounding little islands of historic buildings that are being sold off piece by piece.  And are surprisingly affordable. Because...they're condemned.

Here's the latest (the old gym):

http://www.silverspringsingular.com/2011/03/another-unique-seminary-house-for-sale.html

And more on the Seminary: http://www.operant.com/Seminary/main_page.html

I did my own tour long ago... Should try and dig up those photos.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on April 28, 2011, 12:06:20 PM
Ten abandoned cities:

http://www.gadling.com/2011/04/27/the-worlds-ten-creepiest-abandoned-cities

Gadling does a poor job explaining some of these, so I'll fill in the gaps!

Pripyat, of course, is well known. But Sanzhi was new to me. Gadling says:

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This area called Sanzhi was originally a vacation resort catering to U.S. servicemen north of Taipei. The architecture could be called UFO futuro chic, and the abandoned resort community had difficulties from the beginning. During construction, many workers perished in car accidents, and other freak accidents were common. The urban legend online search trail places the death count close to twenty. The deaths were attributed to supernatural causes. Some speculated that the resort was built on a Dutch burial ground while others attributed the misfortunes to a dragon statue destroyed during construction. Either way, the ruins never took their first guest, and the stillborn project was abandoned.

More at Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanzhi_UFO_houses

There's videos and photo links at that article. My impression is that this is less a "city" and more a group of vacation homes circling a small lake.

Craco sounds awesome!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craco

Kolmanskop:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolmanskop

Hashima Island:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashima_Island

Site of Battle Royale II. It's where the first picture on the Gadling article comes from:

(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fupload.wikimedia.org%2Fwikipedia%2Fcommons%2Fthumb%2F3%2F36%2FStairway_to_Hell.jpg%2F800px-Stairway_to_Hell.jpg&hash=ced7d8d190b28585e25a3eebe4169e5606cad2fb)


Oradour-sur-Glane is more memorial than anything else, and isn't an intentionally abandoned city like the others. So a little unfair sticking it on the list since a visit there is roughly on par with a visit to Auschwitz and so on.

Centralia is well known, as well. And, as they admit, not technically abandoned. Remarkably.

Humberstone -- another bad addition to this list. One of many abandoned mining towns around the world (the town beneath the bridge at New River Gorge should get mentioned if they're going to throw in glorified mining camps). Though Humberstone has a good story to tell since Pinochet converted it into a concentration camp.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humberstone_and_Santa_Laura_Saltpeter_Works

The same goes for Bodie. Western ghost towns. Yawn.

Kyakol, though, looks pretty fun.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayak%C3%B6y
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on June 13, 2011, 10:50:32 AM
Scouting NY is such a great site... Sanctioned UE!

The latest is the abandoned Pfizer plant:


http://www.scoutingny.com/?p=4058
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on June 27, 2011, 02:24:46 PM
The abandoned Everglades rocket factory:

http://www.gadling.com/2011/06/27/abandoned-rocket-factory-haunts-the-everglades

There's a cool non-Youtube video at that link.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on June 27, 2011, 09:42:05 PM
This is what youtube (and the like) is good for.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on July 13, 2011, 08:41:14 AM
http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-10-creepiest-abandoned-prisons-earth

A brief slideshow of creepy abandoned prisons.

Also -- something new from Scouting NY:

http://www.scoutingny.com/?p=4166

He tools around a showcase mansion. It's well kept up and not very UE, but still kind of cool if you're into old architecture and shit like that.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on July 17, 2011, 02:03:40 PM
Pics of long-abandoned rail lines:

http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2011/07/railroad-10-haunting-abandoned-railway-lines

Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on August 30, 2011, 11:12:27 AM
Abandoned resorts:

http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2011/08/7-eerie-abandoned-resorts-holiday-destinations
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on August 30, 2011, 01:35:11 PM
Awesome:

http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2011/08/urban-explorers-discover-corroding-military-vehicles-abandoned-subterranean-bunker/
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: monkey! on August 31, 2011, 09:13:34 AM
CREEPY.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2011, 04:23:58 PM
Scouting NY disturbs some graves...


http://www.scoutingny.com/?p=4680
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2012, 02:39:59 PM
Cass emailed this link...and it's awesome.

http://humanplanet.com/timothyallen/2012/02/buzludzha-buzludja-bulgaria/
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: monkey! on March 03, 2012, 02:12:16 AM
Wow.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on May 24, 2012, 12:40:18 PM
Patuxent Mental Institution

http://vimeo.com/40005142 (http://vimeo.com/40005142)

And behind the scenes...

http://vimeo.com/40272714 (http://vimeo.com/40272714)
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on May 24, 2012, 10:07:10 PM
Interesting! This place is up in my neck of the woods.

http://g.co/maps/a8ctm
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on May 25, 2012, 12:47:18 AM
Interesting! This place is up in my neck of the woods.

http://g.co/maps/a8ctm

Hmmm. He says. Maybe someone should email someone sometime.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on May 29, 2012, 11:29:41 AM
More on Forest Haven...

http://www.everythingisdirty.com/an-abandoned-mental-asylum/

Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on July 26, 2012, 10:40:41 AM
http://blastr.com/2012/07/10-of-the-creepiest-aband.php#1

The two that caught my eye (which I'd not known about) were Thurmond, WV and the Seattle-beneath-Seattle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle_Underground

Seems like it's become more touristy than UE-worthy...


Thurmond, as well, is not quite abandoned. The article says 7 residents...but it has a tourist info center and an active Amtrak stop...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thurmond,_West_Virginia

So...I guess, blah. Not a good update for the UE thread. But, still, any excuse to celebrate urban (and rural) decay.

Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on November 27, 2012, 12:08:55 PM
Been reading about the GNAL -- the Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory which, sometime soon (if not already) will be at the bottom of a manmade lake.

Shamelessly ripped from SA:

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From 1958 to 1971, the area inside that fence was a test site known as the Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory. On the original plans, it's identified as a "Lethal Fence," meaning deadly force was authorized if anyone crossed it. In the middle of that fenced off area was a 10 megawatt nuclear reactor with no shielding that was used to irradiate military equipment to test the feasibility of building nuclear-powered aircraft, and later to irradiate building materials and surrounding wildlife to determine what to expect and how to rebuild after a nuclear war.

The reactor was held in a pit where you now see a big patch of green grass. It was surrounded by a railroad loop, and rail cars of material were parked at various distances from the pit. Warning sirens would alert personnel to retreat to the large underground complex and the reactor would be hoisted out of the pit and run suspended in the air, usually for minutes or hours, but on several occasions extended runs lasting days were carried out.

Other remaining parts of the site are hot cell building where research on irradiated materials was done, and cooling-off area where rail cars of irradiated material were left to sit for a few days after being irradiated to reduce exposure of personnel to radiation. Both are fenced in and off-limits because radiation levels are elevated, although they're currently only slightly above background level.. The hot cell isn't going anywhere because its walls are 4 feet thick steel-reinforced concrete and it's a lot safer to leave it in one piece .

The underground complex is flooded and entrances are buried under huge piles of dirt, but people have dug them out and explored on many occasions.

The link to that post has a Google Maps image:

http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3370055&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=21#post398813720

So my Google searching brought up some great Urbex stuff:

Vintage newsreel:

Insane fucks who dug out one of the tunnels:

http://www.uer.ca/locations/show.asp?locid=29719

A wonderful history here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=405686

A failed trip report:

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread230310/pg1

A collection of Urbex links on the site:

http://jayntguru.com/wordpress/archives/301

Amoung those links is a Youtube channel of a guy who videoed the site:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Ratz667#p/a

Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 29, 2012, 01:29:47 AM
Wow...what a rabbit hole that was...

Near Nubbins' old stomping grounds, no?
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on February 21, 2013, 01:19:07 PM
The Henryton thread bumped for a pre-Condo/demolish/shitfuck visit. Trying to put that together...

Reading about the fate of Henryton threw me down a rabbithole. Here's another spot that isn't long for the world:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Dale_Hospital

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=38.961461,-76.811407&num=1&t=h&z=18

So...pick a Sunday morning, park there across Annapolis Rd, walk in.

http://www.opacity.us/gallery57_vines.htm



Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on March 26, 2013, 04:44:27 PM
Not really a complete "ghost town," but... Pretty.

http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2013/03/sonargaon-colonial-lost-city-panam-nagar-ghost-town/
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on March 27, 2013, 10:57:19 AM
Man, I love that I finally discovered Feedly...

More UrbEx links!

http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2013/03/urban-exploration-photography-abandoned-art-deco-sanatorium/
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on May 23, 2013, 12:39:25 AM
Vintage Henryton pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bfowlerfotos/sets/72157633618933854/

I recognize a lot of the buildings from my 2 trips there.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on June 24, 2013, 09:26:25 PM
This is long, but strangely mesmerizing. I watched it for about 25 minutes.

The beginning of Henryton's demolition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndgt1CXM71k
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on October 25, 2013, 05:47:11 PM
Rural Exploration:

http://www.gadling.com/2013/10/25/abandoned-coal-mines-west-virginia/

Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on November 20, 2013, 03:33:09 PM
How in the hell is this not swarming with skateboarders?


http://twistedsifter.com/2013/11/abandoned-bobsled-luge-track-sarajevo-84-olympics/
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 27, 2013, 07:29:41 PM
I want to shoot a movie there.

Actually, I want to shoot a movie at every location in this thread.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 02, 2014, 08:38:37 AM
This almost made it into scary/unexplained, but I decided there isn't enough unexplainable there.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2526912/Inside-abandoned-Belgian-mansion-brimming-expensive-furniture.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2526912/Inside-abandoned-Belgian-mansion-brimming-expensive-furniture.html)
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on January 02, 2014, 10:23:19 AM
The owners are still around, apparently, and living elsewhere on the property while in the midst of fighting some sort of heritage site status dispute with the government. It's occasionally rented out, according to some sites.

My question -- how'd this guy go so viral with his photo set? We need to crack the viral code...
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 02, 2014, 02:14:14 PM
Yeah, this set seems like he could have staged most of the pics.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on January 02, 2014, 02:16:26 PM
He's also shot them with some sort of special spooky filter...right, Sirharles?
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 05, 2014, 06:56:00 PM
Road trip?

http://blog.roadtrippers.com/drone-discovers-abandoned-renaissance-faire-deep-virginia-woods/ (http://blog.roadtrippers.com/drone-discovers-abandoned-renaissance-faire-deep-virginia-woods/)
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on January 05, 2014, 07:37:05 PM
YES!
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 05, 2014, 09:38:49 PM
Comments here http://lucentmoments.blogspot.com/2009/03/renaissance-faire-va.html, make me a bit leery. But...

YOLO
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Sirharles on January 05, 2014, 09:41:32 PM
He's also shot them with some sort of special spooky filter...right, Sirharles?

I doubt it.  Looks like he took them on a cloudy day and just used lots of diffused light.  Pretty good pics actually.  I would have changed a few things composition wise, but I liked the photos.

I'm not sure it was staged, just because I didn't see footprints in the dust, and that would be a ton of work to cover up.  Just an old building with good light and possible some Photoshop done. 
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 05, 2014, 09:42:28 PM
Comments here http://lucentmoments.blogspot.com/2009/03/renaissance-faire-va.html, make me a bit leery. But...

YOLO

What could possibly go wrong?
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Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on January 06, 2014, 10:31:40 AM
Horseflies!
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on January 15, 2014, 12:12:05 PM
Some good things to research...


http://roadtrippers.kinja.com/canada-s-abandoned-structures-are-an-urban-explorer-s-p-1501113216/@AnnaleeNewitz
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 21, 2014, 06:49:55 PM
Technically not pure UE, but I do want to live here.

http://mris.smarteragent.com/WAP/SharedProperty.action?requestCode=it6x (http://mris.smarteragent.com/WAP/SharedProperty.action?requestCode=it6x)
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: monkey! on January 22, 2014, 04:42:54 AM
Technically not pure UE, but I do want to live here.

http://mris.smarteragent.com/WAP/SharedProperty.action?requestCode=it6x (http://mris.smarteragent.com/WAP/SharedProperty.action?requestCode=it6x)

It looks like a pedophile den.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2014, 08:54:25 AM
The lot is super tiny. You're basically in someone's backyard. (Used to play there as a kid...no pedophiles.)
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: monkey! on January 22, 2014, 09:01:54 AM
The lot is super tiny. You're basically in someone's backyard. (Used to play there as a kid...no pedophiles.)

If you didn't find any pedophiles, Nacho, you were the pedophile.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2014, 11:10:54 AM
The lot is super tiny. You're basically in someone's backyard. (Used to play there as a kid...no pedophiles.)

If you didn't find any pedophiles, Nacho, you were the pedophile.

I prefer "lover of children."
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: monkey! on January 22, 2014, 11:13:04 AM
The lot is super tiny. You're basically in someone's backyard. (Used to play there as a kid...no pedophiles.)

If you didn't find any pedophiles, Nacho, you were the pedophile.

I prefer "lover of children."

Connoisseur of Youth...?
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2014, 11:30:02 AM
That's much better! I'll use that one on the detectives when they arrive...
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2014, 05:05:58 PM
Nice...

http://weburbanist.com/2014/02/12/seaside-ruins-7-abandoned-wonders-of-the-mediterranean/
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on March 05, 2014, 11:27:48 AM
Nice!

http://gizmodo.com/explore-more-than-3-000-miles-of-tunnels-beneath-montre-1531576186/@charliejane
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 05, 2014, 05:06:20 PM
A call for creepy locations in NoVA led me here:

http://www.fairfaxunderground.com/forum/read/7/17253.html (http://www.fairfaxunderground.com/forum/read/7/17253.html)
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 05, 2014, 09:31:08 PM
2 good ones.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on March 10, 2014, 03:31:31 PM
Drowned towns (there's something like this earlier in the thread, I think...)

http://weburbanist.com/2014/03/10/drowned-towns-10-underwater-ghost-cities-buildings/

And...train graveyards:

http://weburbanist.com/2014/03/09/railroaded-9-nifty-abandoned-train-graveyards/
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on March 24, 2014, 02:08:50 PM
Activate Internet Hole:

http://weburbanist.com/2014/03/24/abandoned-underground-10-long-lost-subterranean-cities/
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Sirharles on April 04, 2014, 12:11:45 PM
I'm looking for an abandoned or decayed building for a photo shoot.  In the DMV area.  Preferably towards Baltimore as that's where most of the models I know live.  Any suggestions.  The old Henryton Hospital has been torn down I believe.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on April 04, 2014, 12:38:08 PM
It has been torn down.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on April 04, 2014, 12:49:43 PM
I am hard-pressed to think of places that are safe/accessible enough to do a photo shoot with dolled up models. Used to be, of course, the great Forest Glen seminary. Completely un-policed. But it, like Henryton, is gone.

St John's, maybe? (Harper's Ferry)

https://roadtrippers.com/places/84065

I think the Enchanted Forest is gone (or being gentrified) and you'l need permission...but you may be able to get it (Ellicot City):

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/enchanted-forest-amusement-park

 
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Sirharles on April 04, 2014, 01:08:59 PM
Yeah the Enchanted Forest has been torn down.  The barn behind my house has some good spots.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on April 04, 2014, 01:14:48 PM
Maybe you should change your theme to: "Photos Near Overpriced Faux-Lofts That Only Have 40% Occupancy Rates in Communities so Gentrified You Can't Tell if We're in Baltimore or Nantucket or Hyde Park, London."
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Sirharles on April 04, 2014, 01:18:04 PM
A bit wordy...no?

I'm looking for opposites.  So I want a abandoned or old setting and put a girl or guy in there in fancy dress.  Like prom dress or tux type of wardrobe.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on June 10, 2014, 01:03:49 PM
I love that UE is morphing into an art form...


http://mentalfloss.com/article/57167/41-eerie-photos-abandoned-soviet-buildings
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on June 12, 2014, 05:26:53 PM
Feedly's back!

A Google Maps timeline of the fall of Detroit:

http://io9.com/historical-street-view-shows-how-detroit-is-turning-int-1589298987

And more Pripyat!

http://io9.com/5927476/these-photographs-of-present-day-chernobyl-are-utterly-haunting

Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on July 29, 2014, 02:53:19 PM
Fascinating stuff...


http://weburbanist.com/2014/07/29/5000-residents-being-evicted-from-worlds-tallest-vertical-slum/

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A forced relocation is underway as thousands of squatters are moved by authorities out of their homes and the city of Caracas, some of whom have called the infamous half-finished Tower of David home for as long as seven years

Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 31, 2014, 10:40:00 PM
Abandoned Disney Parks:
http://io9.com/the-trashed-remains-of-abandoned-disney-projects-1466546591 (http://io9.com/the-trashed-remains-of-abandoned-disney-projects-1466546591)

And though it's obviously fiction, if you want to scare the fuck out of yourself, read this:
http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Abandoned_by_Disney (http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Abandoned_by_Disney)
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on August 21, 2014, 04:22:35 PM
My friend in Alaska has been doing his own expedition into his building...though his grainy cellphone shots don't compare to this site:

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/buckner-building-2
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on October 28, 2014, 10:19:27 AM
Okay, Reggie...we need to make a promise to explore Forest Haven:


http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/forest-haven-asylum
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 28, 2014, 04:27:43 PM
Great. How about Saturday or Sunday!?
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on October 29, 2014, 11:31:36 AM
A couple fun links with awesome pictures. This is my new favorite ruins site...

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/americas-abandoned-insane-asylum-cemeteries

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ghost-islands
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 29, 2014, 04:32:03 PM
Great. How about Saturday or Sunday!?

I'm serious about this, by the way.

Also, I've been researching the area. There is a youth detention center in the area that has visiting on Saturday and Sunday that we could use as a cover to scout around a bit.

I have the itch...I'm going there soon for a look-see.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on October 29, 2014, 04:37:42 PM
Great. How about Saturday or Sunday!?

I'm serious about this, by the way.

A bad weekend for me... But soon!

Also, I've been researching the area. There is a youth detention center in the area that has visiting on Saturday and Sunday that we could use as a cover to scout around a bit.

I have the itch...I'm going there soon for a look-see.

Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 21, 2014, 06:16:17 PM
I have done some recon in the area. Looks to be a tricky penetration.

There are two potential roadways in. Old Portland road turns right and leads back to a juvenile detention facility (New Beginnings Youth Development Center) that serves youth from DC.
Unfortunately there is a guardhouse right at the turn (see red mark on attachment). Strongly worded agreement to search of all property.

You can also notice that the actual grounds (circled in green) can be accessed via the woodland job corps center. However, they have clearly marked No Tresspassing signs and a less imposing/unmanned guard house.

So...that leaves running through the woods from Old Portland road. Might be possible as a hike in from some distance away.

Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on November 21, 2014, 06:21:40 PM
Hmmm...I'd be up for hiking.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on November 25, 2014, 11:02:49 AM
Surprised it took this long for someone to fly a drone around Pripyat:

http://io9.com/watch-a-haunting-drone-flight-through-the-remains-of-ch-1662764505
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on January 15, 2015, 11:11:57 AM
Ran across this at io9:

http://io9.com/peek-inside-subterranean-tunnels-deep-beneath-washingto-1679529241

A web series called Unusual Spaces goes under DC to explore the old trolley tunnels.

So that took me to their Vimeo page!

http://vimeo.com/channels/unusualspaces/videos

You're welcome.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 15, 2015, 01:58:46 PM
Interesting stuff! I love the DC ones especially. I've actually wondered about those silos before.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on May 13, 2015, 12:36:45 PM
Uh-oh...

http://boundarystones.org/

DC's boundary stones...which answers a mystery of a caged stone that was right near my old apartment. And, now, I want to find them all!
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on May 13, 2015, 12:41:42 PM
Oh ho! Redirect for Friday's pre-movie schedule?!?
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on May 13, 2015, 12:49:05 PM
We could spend 5 hours walking through people's backyards!
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on May 13, 2015, 12:50:55 PM
I...don't have any problem with that!
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on May 13, 2015, 12:54:56 PM
We can at least go look at the one in Silver Spring and then drink cucumber cocktails at the Daily Dish.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on May 19, 2015, 03:22:37 PM
We can at least go look at the one in Silver Spring and then drink cucumber cocktails at the Daily Dish.

Dang. We didn't do this!
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on June 01, 2015, 12:26:06 PM
Nice...


http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/here-s-what-happens-when-you-bring-30-000-worth-of-video-gear-to-an-abandoned-asylum

Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Sirharles on June 01, 2015, 12:34:21 PM
When do you want to explore the bridge near the house?
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on June 01, 2015, 12:35:37 PM
That will take some planning...
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on June 04, 2015, 08:41:48 AM
Yay...


http://io9.com/these-videos-let-you-tour-the-worlds-creepiest-abandone-1708552215
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on June 15, 2015, 11:15:22 AM
Wow...

http://www.blastr.com/2015-6-12/check-out-these-somber-new-shots-soviets-stunted-space-shuttle-program
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on June 24, 2015, 10:27:24 AM
Sirharles! You need to start doing this...


http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-photographer-who-is-getting-inside-abandoned-rural-america
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Sirharles on June 24, 2015, 11:39:39 AM
Let's set up an adventure!
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on June 24, 2015, 11:56:22 AM
Well, Reggie and I want to see the drone bridge. What other abandoned rails/roadbeds are near you? We could go on a Stand By Me hike.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on June 24, 2015, 06:03:17 PM
I am available on up to 15 days this summer! Book it now!!
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Sirharles on June 25, 2015, 10:00:53 AM
Well, Reggie and I want to see the drone bridge. What other abandoned rails/roadbeds are near you? We could go on a Stand By Me hike.

There are a few railroad beds near me, but they are still active. 

You tell me on the dates, I think it's easier that way.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on July 29, 2015, 04:08:56 PM
I love this shit:


http://mentalfloss.com/article/66680/10-drowned-towns-you-can-visit
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 01:32:07 PM
Are there any underground bunkers/storm shelters near DC? Looking for a video shoot.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 08, 2016, 11:25:19 AM
I'd like to try and find these St. Mary's College ruins. Looks like a good spooky film location.

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/maryland/ghost-town-md/ (http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/maryland/ghost-town-md/)
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on February 08, 2016, 11:36:17 AM
That's the Hell House. It's well documented on Youtube, if you want a virtual tour.

There's nothing left of it, though. I think we talked about it earlier in this thread somewhere...? It was leveled a few years ago and only the stairs remain. It's also hard to get to because the government bought most of the property.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 08, 2016, 05:50:43 PM
It's right up the road from me! All kinds of stories about the place before that fire in 1997.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2016, 11:06:10 AM
http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/drinking-vodka-with-elderly-settlers-who-refuse-to-leave-chernobyls-exclusion-zone

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Let me introduce you to Ivan Ivanich. He is a proud fascist who would truly like to kill us all, however, approaching 90 he appeared to pose little threat. To substantiate this further, he is one of the friendliest men I have ever met. Ivan will talk your ear off, even if you don’t understand his raspy Ukrainian, as his wife stands by in silence. She listens stoically, likely having endured this prattle for decades. The Ivaniches are settlers living about 13 miles east of Reactor 4, which had an epic catastrophe here in Chernobyl in early 1986.

Lots more, and great photos, at the link.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on July 08, 2016, 10:29:39 AM
Oooh...

https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2016/07/07/chernobyl-vr-project-review/

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Back in the days of STALKER and its two sequels, I felt like I was the only games hack who didn’t get sent on a tour of Chernobyl and Pripyat. Those who did visit came back with reports of rain and health worries and mystery meats, then shared photographs of them smiling in front of a decaying Ferris wheel or looking sombre in a Marie Celeste classroom. Perhaps it is best that I never went myself. What a strange thing to be a tourist to. Is any possible response appropriate?

The Chernobyl VR Project, essentially finished but for the time being only available for Oculus Rift, with a more refined version due for both that and Vive a little later, gives me my chance to be a tourist, without the background anxiety about background radiation.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on August 05, 2016, 10:23:14 AM
God, I love all these Soviet ghost spots...


http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/inside-the-abandoned-ruins-of-a-ukrainian-palace-of-culture
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on September 20, 2016, 03:04:08 PM
Nice...

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/you-can-follow-a-hidden-stream-beneath-indianapolisif-you-know-where-to-look

A stream beneath Indianapolis that can be explored.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 15, 2016, 06:41:50 PM
Would love to walk this one day.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on November 16, 2016, 08:19:10 AM
Yes! We need to retire.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on September 05, 2017, 08:45:14 AM
This is fun:

http://gizmodo.com/watch-postcards-of-mid-century-resorts-transform-into-t-1798694530

Mid-century photographs fading into how the scenes look today.
Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: nacho on November 14, 2017, 08:51:58 AM
Wait... How did I not know about this?

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/catacombs-washington-dc

Title: Re: UE thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 14, 2017, 12:07:35 PM
Wait... How did I not know about this?

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/catacombs-washington-dc

[quote

Anti-Gifford's Papal Conspiracy?