May 25th, 2005

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Proctor Park, Utica NY

Beginning around 1900, city father Thomas R. Proctor began buying up farms in east Utica. He then commissioned Frederick Law Olmstead (designer of Central Park) to design a large park for the city which, of course, is now named after Mr. Proctor. After the 1940s, part of the park was essentially abandoned and while the entire front section is maintained, the back part has been allowed to return to nature (and it is indeed RICH in wildlife). Still, signs of its glory days remain:

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Hi everyone. I'm Tori, I've been lurking for a while, and I positivly love this community. There's so much talent here!

I live in Massachusetts, but am going to D.C. for three weeks this summer and was wondering if anyone knew of any cool places in the D.C. area. In the city would be great, because on weekdays I won't be able to leave the subway system. Also when I get back I'm going to spend some time in western mass, where I know there is plenty of abandon buildings. Hopefully by then I will have a proper camera. Can't wait to start posting here!

trip to the abandoned pa turnpike tunnels

Hey all, I've been watching this community for a while, this is my first time posting. About a month ago, I visited an abandoned stretch of the pa turnpike near Breezewood, PA and took photos of the Sideling Hill tunnel. This is one of 3 or 4 tunnels that have been bypassed over the years. I'm going back to Breezewood to Sideling Hill and to try to find Rays Hill tunnel and the old service plaza, both of which are near by. This is about an hour and a half drive from Harrisburg, a bit under 2 1/2 hours from Reading, Lancaster and Pittsburgh.

I'm heading out there on Saturday morning (this Saturday). I am aiming to be out there in Breezewood by around 11am. There are several good sites about this and where to find the tunnels, you can google search for abandoned pa turnpike. The stretch of highway around Breezewood is now a bike trail so you can ignore the no trespassing stuff. Directions to the tunnels can be found here: http://p201.ezboard.com/fabandonedpennsylvaniaturnpikefrm1.showMessage?topicID=4.topic and my first set of photos http://www.nrs2.org/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=album149.

If you want to meet up, just post a reply on here. You will want to bring lights since it's very dark in the tunnels (obviously) and it's probably going to be a little bit wet and muddy since it's been raining on and off all week. I'd like to move on to some of the other sites as well. There are also a few geocaches out there if anyone is interested in that.