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Jun. 27th, 2012 | 06:41 pm
music: Zzzzra - Je Suis Un Rat (Version Infecte)
posted by: floodspectre in abandonedplaces

REX_12-06-05_03 (Monolithic)
Considered to be an eyesore to local residents, this monolithic, incomplete structure towers nearly 600 feet over Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, reminding its people of the hubris of local televangelist Rex Humbard.  In the late 1960s construction on the tower began with the intention of installing a rotating restaurant at its peak and to utilize its height as a transmission tower for his planned local television station.

The reason for halting its construction seems to be unclear.  The popular rumors vary from SEC investigations, a lack of public support for the project, Rex's departure from the states to do missionary work, to issues with the Fire Marshall regarding the safety of the building.  Regardless of the reason, this mostly-finished tower still looms over the suburb, left to serve out its remaining days as a humble cell phone tower with a colorful nickname; Rex's Erection.



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The small lot the tower occupies is fenced off and topped with barbed wire.

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All these locks failed to dissuade me; I just slipped underneath the gate instead.

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Being incomplete, the peak of the tower was left wide open. There's a long ladder leading to catwalks near the top, probably for maintenance of the cell tower equipment.

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There was also this 60s era fridge rusting away inside the tower, surrounded by bottles and other garbage impaled on rebar spikes, like some sort of post-apocalyptic tribal shrine.

I'm hoping to take a roadtrip back to the area and get some better/different shots at some point. I was on a tight schedule and wasn't able to spend as much time shooting this place as I'd have liked.

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Ponee

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from: featherfire
date: Jun. 27th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Hahaha, I have a friend from Cuyahoga Falls. I'm totally gonna link her to this post.

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Flood Spectre

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from: floodspectre
date: Jun. 28th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Hope she likes it :)

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wiley_nilly

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from: wiley_nilly
date: Jun. 28th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
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That chain of locks just made me laugh.

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Flood Spectre

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from: floodspectre
date: Jun. 28th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
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Pretty much my exact reaction too, especially after noticing how much room was under the gate! Not much of a deterrent.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jun. 28th, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
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Nice photos! It looks very tall.

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Flood Spectre

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from: floodspectre
date: Jun. 28th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! From what I've read it's about 550 feet tall. I briefly considered climbing that ladder to get a better feel for the height...

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Disgruntled_Girl: Harbinger of Chaos.

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from: disgruntledgrrl
date: Jun. 28th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
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I want to thank you for displaying your music. I never heard of this group before and I gotta say I'm glad I took the chance.
This Zzzzra is great!

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Flood Spectre

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from: floodspectre
date: Jun. 28th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
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I'm always happy to introduce people to new tunes :) If you dig around a bit you'll find a ton of quality netlabels dedicated to his style of music.

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Transitioning into liminal space

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from: stormdog
date: Jun. 28th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
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Wow; that seems awfully easy to get into. I hope it stays that way. I'd love to have a chance some time!

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Flood Spectre

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from: floodspectre
date: Jun. 28th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
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They claim there's a security camera watching but I didn't notice it. Otherwise, yeah, very easy access.

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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: Jun. 28th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
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I googled Rex and found that he is said to have been the first evangelist to refer to financial donations as 'seeds,' in what became known as seed-faith offerings. I wonder if that was the securities which were not registered and got him into trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission? According to wiki, In the end he was forced to sell of nearly all of the ministries assets and cut off the overseas operations. During the SEC investigation mentioned above Humbard had to stop construction of the tower. So you could say that the unregistered securities and the SEC investigation caused Humbard's problems, but WAIT! One obituary mentions that in the early '70s he was overextended, financed in part by millions of dollars in loans from the Teamster’s Union pension fund under Jimmy Hoffa. Ouch! That can't have a happy ending!!

Anyway, that tower is cool. It obviously must be larger than a smokestack if it was going to support a restaurant. Any guess as to the diameter of the inside space?

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Flood Spectre

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from: floodspectre
date: Jun. 28th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
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I heard some of that history before, but not the part about the Teamster's Union. Pretty much everything I mentioned in my post was learned from locals who may not have known that themselves.

The tower is definitely larger in both height and diameter than a smokestack, but I feel like it was less than 80 feet across at the base when inside. Then again, I'm not really known for my sense of distance measurement ;) The building actually tapers inward a bit as it rises, and then back out again toward the top, so that may have been how they intended to support the restaurant. I don't think I'd have felt safe up there if it had been finished, though...

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