January 28th, 2009

Old Toronto Cemetaries

Hi there!

My name is Joshua von Garber and I'm in my 4th year of photography at Ryerson University. I'm currently working on my thesis project and I was wondering if you guys could give me a little help.

I'm trying to find an old, dirty cemetery in Toronto. Doesn't necessarily have to be old, just unkempt or abandoned. The closer to the city the better but anything up til Newmarket would still work,

If anyone has any info on where I could find something like that it would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks a million

Joshua von Garber

Abandoned Cemetery...

Hello. Last May (5/31) I went Cemetery Trolling (I think thats what its called) with two friends. We found what looked like an abandoned cemetery, covered in saw dust from the surrounding mills. It was sad to see so much of the history being lost slowly through industrialization. The pictures we mainly took were of the headstones, not the cemetery itself. Do I still post some of the pictures, or only if it was the cemetery itself? I haven't posted in any community before, so all help is appreciated!
nick cutter

Abandoned Ironworks Building

Hi everyone! :-)
I bring photos of I'm not quite sure what. I intend to do more research, all I know at the moment that it was part of the Carnforth Ironworks Company. It is in the woods that back directly off of my street. Nowadays the whole area is 'woodland,' icky woodland at that. It's not a particularly nice place to be, and the 'hills' in and around it are slag heaps.
The pictures are not of the best quality and I'm sorry - I am neither the world's best photographer nor do I own the best camera. It is very scary going into those woods on your own though - I was frequently looking behind me and jumping at every sound. SO not fun. Plus the mud was 3 inches deep :)

If you go down to the woods today you'll be murdered by a stark raving axe wielding madman...


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Nike Site S-13/14

One day, my brother came to me telling me of a new and interesting place that he found just a few miles away. The location used to be a Nike Missile Base up until 1974, when it was used for several years NEVAC work study programs, and now owned by the Lake Washington School District.

I'm not sure if it had been turned into a school, but all of the equipment is still in one of the buildings as well as welding stations and chemical showers. School chairs litter the floors along with the equipment.

It has since been abandoned for decades and is, like many abandoned places, on private property. The buildings are in quite a state of disrepair and are a bit dangerous to explore at this point, but it is frequently visited (judging by the graffiti) by other people. It feels very eerie to walk around in it and it gives me an awful knot in the pit of my stomach, but what a fantastic place it is.

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