January 10th, 2008

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Abandoned Places – US Hwy 395 (Part 4b)

1. The Hawes Communications Bunker (Visit #4 because she wanted to see it);
2. The Atolia Tungsten Mines (4 miles square – 100+ mine openings);
3. Randsburg, CA (A Class C “living” ghost town – 300 houses, 78 residents);
4. Boron Minimum Security Federal Prison Camp (This required two visits)

Boron Minimum Security Federal Prison Camp was a place that only the lowest risk offenders were sent to. The site was considered remote enough and the offenders low enough risk that the facility had no perimeter fence, no watch towers (video surveillance instead) and dorms instead of cells. Prisoners there were mainly white collar and convicted for fraud & tax evasion. To earn their keep, inmates did maintenance and refurbishment to military and government vehicles and equipment from the nearby bases and facilities.

The Admin Complex


You can still make out the Federal Bureau of Prisons seal on the hill

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Harbey - settlement of prisoners

Originally published at brusnichka.com. You can comment here or there.

Harbey settlement are allocated on the north of Russia over that west part of Yamalo-Nenecki district, over that polar circle.


Settlement was arise around of Stalin concentration camp in 1940-1950 year. The Prisoners of Harbey-camp was mining a molybdenum and uranium. Under the armed escort, prisoners transporting mined ore on the wheelbarrow to the Vorkuta (150km).


Because, this camp was considered as most terrible, forwarded here prisoners was sentenced to be shot.


The graveyard in settlement was absented. The died prisoners was dumped to the wasted fangs.


In “light” years the population of settlement did not exceed the 2000 inhabitants. Desolation has begun at 1950-1960 years, when camp was closed. Two years ago, slided down avalanche, was destroy settlement Harbey.


Ruins of a camp barrack


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Pelham Mill Office - Greer SC

Relocated Pelham Mill office is adjacent to the historical stonework dam built in the 19th century. Western Carolina Regional Sewer Authority took an active role in preserving a historical landmark in the Upstate. On September 11, 2002, historic Pelham Mill office building was moved onto land leased by Western Carolina to the County Recreation District for only $1 a year. This one-story brick building was believed to be built around 1870 and was used as the Pelham Mill’s office until the textile plant closed in 1930. The building became a Pelham Post Office until its closing in 1996. Since the building was never placed on the historical register, it would have been demolished if Western Carolina had not stepped in to help.

A new park is planned for 2008 at the site. The land is being cleared, revealing buildings and stone work from the dam's past. The clearing of the brush at the base of the dam has revealed some incredible brickwork and ruins of structures. I will post another blog featuring these newly rediscovered structures.

All 123 pictures of the location are in this flickr set.



Fire certainly was no stranger to the Pelham Batesville community. In fact, fire had destroyed the community's central landmark, the Pelham Mill, in the year of 1943. At that time the only fire trucks available came from Greenville and Greer, and both were too far away to be of much help.

Only the small Mill Office survives to this day. The building is slated for renovation during the next few years.


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