January 6th, 2009

  • sshell

a little gem from Detroit

So...probably like a few other new members, I found this community because of the LJ spotlight. I absolutely love the mystery that surrounds abandoned buildings. Here, in the metro-Detroit area, we never lack abandoned places.

This gem sits down the road from the soup kitchen where I sometimes volunteer in Detroit. I'm not sure about what this place was...I'm thinking a single family home that was probably renovated into apartments at one time or another. Now it just (barely) stands, behind fencing.

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(photos were taken from the car...so not they're not the best)

Coming out of lurking

So, I've been lurking in this community for a while, enjoying the pictures. I just love some of these shots, and they bring out the photography bug in me. If there's anybody else here from the Virginia Beach area, I would LOVE to know of somewhere there's actually a building to take shots of, as I love exploring places. My mother has a Nikkon(I forget what kind), and we agree that a great subject matter for her to take photos of would be an abandoned place.. But we can't find any places D:

Also, I would love ANY advice you could offer about going in <3 Being careful where we step and careful of certain things is a given in my mind, but what else should I keep in mind?
Geeky Billie

Old Californian house

Hi there fellow photographers!
I have no idea why I didn't find this community before, but I'm glad I did :)
I visited my uncle in Fresno this past summer, and went on a tour with him and my dad to see all the places where various family members had lived in.
We decided to go to Niles first, where they both grew up in 70's.
Here are some pictures of my dad's old house in Niles, before he moved and settled down in Oklahoma.

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Way to go, friends!

Congrats on the Spotlight! In honor of this beautiful achievement, I DO NOT have any new places to contribute. BUT I am going to go explore this week and hopefully I will find something in the Westbrook/Portland of Maine! You've inspired me!

abandoned building

I posted a blog about this place on my own journal...now I'm wishing I would have saved it for this community.

hhmm here we go!!!

Only in Stony Point.... 



I live near what one may call a little one horse town. I am sure you know the type of town of which I speak; no stop lights just one caution light, everybody knows everybody, and everybody who is someone or thinks that they are someone belongs to the volunteer fire department. Most of the time you can drive through this town and see people walking the train tracks or gathered at the local Quickie Mart. Once a year little towns like this one have some type of craft show/parade to celebrate just being a town or when it became a town; I'm not sure which.

Now that you know the type of town I speak of I want to show you something that I have seen many times throughout the years of passing through this town. Many times while passing this monument that has with stood the test of time, either another member of my family or myself would say, "Someone should take a picture of that before it's gone some day." Well this past weekend while passing by once more my mother and I stopped and took a picture of it. This pictures shows a part of our American history. Where we have came from and shows just how different America is now.

I feel very strongly about the topics that pictures like this can and will continue to bring up but I also wanted to take the time to remind everyone that America has came a long way since times like these. When you think this person doesn't belong here or this person is different and you don't like them because of that…just think of how the people who had to read this sign each and every time they entered this building must have felt!!! Just think of what it would be like, when no matter where you went someone hadt o rub it in your face that you weren't just like them!!! All I am asking is that you just take the time to think about it, not to agree with me or disagree, just give a little thanks for how far American has came and how much we have grown.

Black Hills

So many people responded to my last post!  I'm really glad to find this community so active - thank you for all of the comments!

These were taken in May (08). We were near Keystone, SD, camping at Spokane Creek. If you hike away from the campsite you can find this abandoned town. There were even rusted cars from the 1950's sitting around; didn't get many good pictures of them this trip. But I got a few good ones of the houses and what appeared to be a town hall or school.  The town kind of looked like what was left over after all the people left The Village!  Anybody from around there?  Know the story behind the town?  Here are three of the most interesting:

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Horse Estate Revisit

This is an addition to a prior post - HERE. You might wish to start at that post, if you haven't seen it, and are interested.

I had to go back, because I managed to lose my cell phone last time there (yes, I did find it). Not a recommended exploration practice...

While there, I snapped more pictures, and a few are worth adding to the story....

Additional Horse Estate

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  • dj_axle

Suffer Little Children

The German Roman Catholic Orphan Home in Buffalo has a rich history that weaves itself through the history of the city itself. Opened in 1875 and shut down in 1956. Over it's near century of operation over 15,000 children called this place "home"

These photos are from July 2007 when I was in Buffalo for OPEX '77

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Sun and Sand

This is an abandoned hotel in the middle of downtown. It was called the Sun and Sand even though it's miles away from any sand. The state is using the parking lot for employees, so I'm assuming that's why the hotel itself is boarded up so well. But the hotel across the street is wide open. I'm assuming they were part of the same hotel, but I'm not sure.


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Old house near mine. In central Alberta, Canada.

The one son of the family was sent away for drug rehab and the family remained there, he got out on day and the family just left, christmas lights still up, clothes still in closets...dishes still in sink.

Course we've been in there a bunch and so have many kids to wreck the place, it's going on three years like this but nothing has really changed other than more mess.

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The house with nobody in it.

I don't have any cool pictures to share, but this community reminds me of my favorite poem by Joyce Kilmer. I'd like to share it because I feel like the poem has so much heart about a run down old house... but you know, it's the truth.

Whenever I walk to Suffern along the Erie track
I go by a poor old farmhouse with its shingles broken and black.
I suppose I've passed it a hundred times, but I always stop for a minute
And look at the house, the tragic house, the house with nobody in it.

I never have seen a haunted house, but I hear there are such things;
That they hold the talk of spirits, their mirth and sorrowings.
I know this house isn't haunted, and I wish it were, I do;
For it wouldn't be so lonely if it had a ghost or two.

This house on the road to Suffern needs a dozen panes of glass,
And somebody ought to weed the walk and take a scythe to the grass.
It needs new paint and shingles, and the vines should be trimmed and tied;
But what it needs the most of all is some people living inside.

If I had a lot of money and all my debts were paid
I'd put a gang of men to work with brush and saw and spade.
I'd buy that place and fix it up the way it used to be
And I'd find some people who wanted a home and give it to them free.

Now, a new house standing empty, with staring window and door,
Looks idle, perhaps, and foolish, like a hat on its block in the store.
But there's nothing mournful about it; it cannot be sad and lone
For the lack of something within it that it has never known.

But a house that has done what a house should do, a house that has sheltered life,
That has put its loving wooden arms around a man and his wife,
A house that has echoed a baby's laugh and held up his stumbling feet,
Is the saddest sight, when it's left alone, that ever your eyes could meet.

So whenever I go to Suffern along the Erie track
I never go by the empty house without stopping and looking back,
Yet it hurts me to look at the crumbling roof and the shutters fallen apart,
For I can't help thinking the poor old house is a house with a broken heart.
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Lurk no more! Photos...

 All the photos on here have been so amazing, mine are sort of generic; but here they are. I took a road trip back in 2006 and followed Route 66 as much as possible. Collapse )

also; I'm always looking for new lj friends as well if anyone would be so inclined. :)</div>
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From Australia

Newbie - Found via spotlight.

A few year agos before University I was taking a course at TAFE (Like a Technical College) ans discovered an abandoned University (College) nearby.
This photo was part of a photography assignment i had to do.
The place was huge, cold and peaceful.

The whole complex is HUGE, well it was when i was there last. I don't know whats become of it in the past couple of years. I hope to go back soon.

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So I have been lurking here for a while, enjoy all of your beautiful photos. Sadly I only once had something to contribute.

I decided to post again as I have been thinking about this subject a lot.

Safety when exploring.

I want to open this discussion so we can all help to keep each other safe. I would appreciate everyones opinions, experienced and newbies. Comments can be your own experiences with safety, things your thought about trying and just general advice. I'm going to list so basic safety topics to help start the discussion.

*Equipment. (dust masks, clothing, foot wear, touches, ropes, etc)
*Research. (what research do you do about the place before going? Places to find information on the abandon sites?)
*Informing. (Do you tell people were you are going? Do you go alone or in groups? If you are in a group do you stick together or separate? Does the group have rules and plans before exploring?)
*Legal. (How do you stop yourself getting caught. Entering buildings safely/legally. Keeping your identity secret. - I know a lot of us post photo of ourselves in the abandon places. This could be used against you if you are caught.)

White Springs, FL

I almost forgot I had these photos...
About a year ago, my aunt and uncle moved to a middle-of-nowhere town in northern Florida called White Springs. It's a tiny little town where almost all of the houses are at least 100 years old. When I went to visit them this Spring, they took me on a tour of the town, and we came across a couple of really cool, abandoned, old buildings. I didn't get to explore inside, but here are a couple of Collapse )
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Abandoned Places – Lincoln Mill (follow-up shoot) – Nov 08

As noted in my previous post about Lincoln, I have permission from the owner to shoot inside the main building of the site. The building's lower floor is being rented and renovated but the upper floors have seen far better days. For our many newcomers here, Lincoln Mill was once a cotton textile mill in Huntsville (Alabama) and following it’s closure in the 1950’s, it became a site associated with the early US space and missile programs.

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  • grygon

House next door...

No pics... yet. I need advice. My entire life the house next door has been abandoned. Usually we bitch about it cause it does have rat and mice infestations and the neighbors on the otherside of it just let the rodents and weeds take over (the weeds I don't mind, but we frequently get their mice and rats over here).

When I was little I remember exploring the house with her grandkids. But that was so long ago, I remember nothing of what it looks like inside.

Recently I asked my family, just to be sure, who owned that house and how long it's been empty: about 25 years it's been empty. The lady living there was "something else" and the neighbors on the other side bought the property and house from her when she left it and then let it rot.

That neighbor is elderly now. Her hubby died a few years ago. My mother, a few times a year, goes and chats with her. So... how does one go about asking for permission to photo-document this house? I think I'll ask my mom to help ease it into conversation. But how do you explain this artistic fascination/need to take photos of someone else's property?