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Old Warehouse on the west side of town- Western US

Dec. 21st, 2014 | 01:06 pm
posted by: arkkkangel in abandonedplaces

I've passed this old warehouse for over thirty years going west out of town, but this was the first time I'd ever seen it from the back side. The city has paved walking trails that circle the city and my schnauzer and I have been exploring them.

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Ghost Rails... and the Return of Antiquity Echoes

Dec. 15th, 2014 | 01:43 am
mood: excitedexcited
posted by: dark_fetus in abandonedplaces

I do hope everyone has kept well here on LJ. It's been ages, so hopefully there's at least a few left that remember me here.
Things have been very quiet over at our website ( for a good while now. There's only two of us, myself and Christina, and we've just been caught up in projects that we had no time to update our site, or YouTube channel, for many months now. Well... the hiatus officially ends NOW. This is our latest update, and the first of many things that will be coming from Antiquity Echoes in the future. Officially, we are considering this a re-launch. Our updates will continue to broaden in scope as time progresses, and I'm pretty excited with where things are headed, and to share our updates as they are released.

A Victorian era train station sits idly by, as the very city it helped to create ignores and neglects it into oblivion. Where once the rails of this enterprising station ran, can now be found a small strip mall and a McDonalds drive-through. The station itself lies just feet from a busy throughway, yet hardly a glace is given toward it today. The era of it's usefulness has long past, and the only visitors that pay this once lively station any mind are the family of feral cats that now call it home.

Constructed in in 1866, the station's ornate design directly reflected the then-flourishing economy of the large Pennsylvanian city in which it resides. Initially used for the transport of coal, by the early 1900's the Central Railroad of New Jersey took lease of the tracks and transformed the station into a thing of grace. Travel by train had become popular, and the station was redesigned to appeal to more upscale clientele. Hand-carved wooden trim and facades adorned many of the walls, and several fireplaces were constructed to give the interior an air of elegance. Perhaps most notable addition, however, was the installation of a grand curved wooden staircase which spiraled down through the center of the building.

The Great Depression struck the Central Railroad of New Jersey with a crippling blow. The station managed to limp on for years thereafter, but what remained was but a shadow of the former grandeur. By the time Central Railroad of New Jersey was able to get back on their feet, modern automobiles had replaced most all the need for travel by rail. Passenger travel within the city ceased in 1963, and the line shut down for good in 1972. That same year plans began being put together to level the old station, much to the dismay of a local resident by the name of Marvin Roth, who had grown up by the old station.

Marvin Roth purchased the ailing building and property in the late 1970's. He went on to invest millions of dollars in the old station and transformed it into a high class nightclub, restaurant, and hotel. He brought in several rail-cars and had them placed adjacent to the station. Inside these cars he had constructed a hotel setting called the Choo-Choo Inn. The operations at the old station were successful well into the 1980's, at which point the facility was purchased and turned into the Playboy Steakhouse. Unfortunately, the steakhouse proved a failure. Throughout the 1980's and 90's several different businesses tried their hands at the old station, and each one proved short lived. The last business to call the station home was a restaurant and pub by the name of Bananna Joe's. It closed after a short run, in 2005. The name that still reads upon the dust-covered mirrors of the station lobby.

Within the station, behind a veil of filth and animal musk, can still be found the beautiful designs and craftsmanship of years past. Nature has been running it's course through the seasons, and what was once a building of renowned elegance, is now weathering away more and more with each passing year. Ornate woodwork has begun to rot, the floors bulge and sag, and every strong gust of wind rattles the lose facade in a cacophony of noise. However, standing tall in the middle of all this can be found a beautiful curved staircase. It's form still strong, and it's beauty still clear. Almost as if the old railway station is trying to remind you that it was once, not very long ago, a thing of great beauty. Upstairs, the state of decay is similar - The damask wallpaper which runs the corridors has faded to a pale yellow, stains and creeping black mildew spread out as the roof above becomes less and less able to keep the weather at bay. A cool wind blows in through one of the shattered windows.

Just outside the darkened lobby, a small plaque is mounted upon the red brick wall. Though easily overlooked, it is perhaps the most poignant artifact to be found within this rundown station. In plan block letters it proudly and ironically proclaims - “Marvin Roth, a local entrepreneur rehabilitated this edifice so that posterity may forever enjoy its presence.”

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Warren Miller explores South Georgia Whaling Stations

Dec. 13th, 2014 | 12:26 am
location: South Georgia Islands
mood: curiouscurious
posted by: spacewater7 in abandonedplaces

This is an unfortunately short video by Warren Miller on the abandoned South Georgia Island whaling stations. I'll let him explain. These islands are one of my most desired places in the world to visit, along with the Falklands and Siberia. I'd even live in these places for a while if I got the chance.

If you get a chance I highly suggest watching his other videos of the trip. Seven days by sea they sailed and saw nothing but sea and sky except for an iceberg. The wildlife is also fascinating, they have far from abandoned the island. The whales however have, they didn't see any near the island.

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Abandoned Farm house in South Eastern Indiana

Dec. 11th, 2014 | 10:06 pm
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posted by: checkmatey in abandonedplaces

My boyfriend's grandma used to live here when she was younger.
No idea who owns it now. Some guy was hunting nearby cause he left his truck.
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Dec. 9th, 2014 | 07:46 pm
posted by: mun_hausen in abandonedplaces

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Dec. 7th, 2014 | 07:10 pm
posted by: mun_hausen in abandonedplaces

Столица средневекового государства Феодоро на плато горы Мангуп

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Dec. 3rd, 2014 | 10:35 am
music: Deftones - Lucky You | Powered by
posted by: artemco in abandonedplaces

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Drone video of Chernobyl

Nov. 29th, 2014 | 09:51 am
posted by: loli_cat in abandonedplaces

Hi everybody, I haven't posted on here in years, but have been silently lurking.

If you live in the states you may have watched 60 Minutes on CBS last weekend. It had a good segment about Chernobyl 30 years after. The drone footage in the article was done by Danny Cooke, a talented photographer and videographer.

The complete video, Postcards From Pripyat, can be seen in high-resolution at

(There's also a link to the CBS news story there)

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Westminster Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA

Nov. 28th, 2014 | 11:14 am
posted by: sanpaku in abandonedplaces

Neat little bricked-up Victorian oddity near the Cynwyd Trail in Lower Merion. I'm guessing this is the original cemetery chapel, since it is just up a short road from a train depot. Did not have the guts to squeeze through the one window knocked open, but glimpsed the arches inside.





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Таврово. Старый жилой дом 19 века

Nov. 28th, 2014 | 01:04 am
posted by: s16_n425 in abandonedplaces

Когда-то город Тавров был хорошо известен в России и даже соперничал с Воронежем за главенство в регионе: здесь строились военные корабли. Устроить Тавровскую крепость и новую корабельную верфь для строительства кораблей Азовского флота распорядился Петр I: из-за обмеления и заносов песком реки Воронеж затруднилось кораблестроение на Воронежской верфи. Крепость в Таврове, дерево-земляную, с тремя бастионамии,  - заложили, верфь построили. Из Воронежа перевезли сюда дом Петра, "магазейные амбары и другие дворовые строения". Позднее Пётр I также учредил в новом городе казённую суконную фабрику, которая заработала в 1721 г.

Тавров по тем временам стал довольно крупным городом, несмотря на то, что Петр вскоре принял решение строить средние корабли на реке Осередь (впоследствии город Павловск). При строительстве тавровской верфи не учли мелководье Дона, что затрудняло провод построенных судов.
Всего на Тавровской верфи в 1707—1725 гг. было построено 101 судно, включая 17 линейных кораблей.
К 1779 году корабельностроительные работы в Таврове были прекращены, Тавров утратил ранг города и стал называться селом Таврово. К тому же, в 1744 году город очень сильно пострадал от пожара - сгорели все деревянные крепостные сооружения и многие постройки (около 500 домов). Современное Таврово входит в состав одного из микрорайнов Воронежа, можно сказать - ближний пригород.
О корабельном прошлом бывшего  города напоминает немногое: остатки крепостных бастионов, один из доков верфи, названия улиц: Якорная, Доковая, Корабельная... От исторической застройки 19 века осталось несколько кирпичных жилых строений.
На заглавной фотографии - жилой дом с магазином (ул. Корабельная,6), ныне заброшен.

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