January 29th, 2008


Urban decay on Main Street in Chattanooga

I was in Chattanooga this past Sunday for a convention and I noticed how many of the buildings there are abandoned and boarded up. As I was driving past one building I could see through the second floor windows that the entire inside of the building had collapsed in on itself. The front of the building was gated and chained, but I was able to get my lens through a gap in the gate for a shot. I love how the refrigerator and stove are still tenaciously hanging on ... :-)

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Cook's Gin - Watch the Fingers!

This blog features an abandoned cotton gin in Gray Court SC. The incredible number of exposed belts would make an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) inspector blanch with terror. The most amazing part of the plant is that a single motor drives the majority of the mechanics. While I'm not an expert, it appears that the raw cotton goes through the separators and the clean stuff is sent to the balers. An examination of the very small office building revealed an 1982 phone book. Equipment manuals dated to 1952. This is all a bit of history for now decimated textile industry in the South.

All 72 pictures of these locations are in this flickr set.

Exterior of Cook's Gin in Gray Court SC.
Bottom: Cotton Bale Presses

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