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Palace Theater: An Eerily Beautiful Abandoned Relic of Gary, Indiana

03/19/2017 19:22:00 PM

The Palace Theater, once a grand venue for motion pictures, vaudeville acts and stage plays, fell victim to Gary, Indiana's tragic decline. The ornate playhouse now stands abandoned and ravaged by scrappers and the elements.After exploring the ...

Gary Public Schools Memorial Auditorium - The Ruins of a Cultural Monument

02/28/2017 09:29:00 AM

In the Downtown City Center Historic District of Gary, Indiana stand the abandoned ruins of Gary Public Schools Memorial Auditorium, a victim of the Great Gary Arson of 1997.After exploring the awesome remains of Horace Mann School, I continued ...

Horace Mann School - Beloved and Abandoned in Gary, Indiana

01/31/2017 10:27:00 AM

Horace Mann School, once teeming with thousands of students, now sits abandoned and rotting, another monument to the lost prosperity of Gary, Indiana.I parked beside a crumbling brick apartment building in downtown Gary, Indiana. In the cold ...

The Ruins of a Gothic Masterpiece: Abandoned City Methodist Church of Gary, Indiana

01/11/2017 10:21:00 AM

City Methodist Church of Gary, Indiana is arguably the most beautiful example of urban decay in the Rust Belt. The Gothic Revival structure, which stands in ruins after decades of neglect, arson and vandalism, is stunning to behold.After exploring ...

The Abandoned Wyman-Gordon Power Plant of Dixmoor, Illinois

12/20/2016 08:14:00 AM

The abandoned Wyman-Gordon power plant towers above an overgrown industrial lot in Dixmoor, Illinois, the sole remaining structure of a century-old steel foundry.I'd just gotten a rare opportunity to explore the majestic Abandoned Prison of ...

Inside an Abandoned Prison: Joliet Correctional Center

11/28/2016 09:40:00 AM

The beautiful neo-Gothic prison compound of Joliet Correctional Center stands abandoned and decaying after operating for nearly a century and a half.After a stroll through the legendary ruins of Joliet Iron Works, I headed to the massive walled-off ...

Into the Rust Belt: The Legendary Ruins of Joliet Iron Works

11/12/2016 16:16:00 PM

Joliet Iron and Steel Works, once the second largest steel mill in the United States, is now a vast network of crumbling ruins. When I finished admiring the towering industrial ruins of Lehigh Portland Cement Company in Oglesby, Illinois, I ...

Abandoned Lehigh Portland Cement Company in Oglesby Illinois

10/24/2016 09:43:00 AM

The massive ruins of an abandoned cement factory and quarry lie near the confluence of the Illinois and Vermilion Rivers.After exploring an

Rusted Ruins: An Abandoned Asphalt Plant in LaSalle Illinois

10/09/2016 17:44:00 PM

North of Peru, Illinois, on a patch of land surrounded by farm fields, sit the rusting remains of an asphalt plant.The sun rose on the 8th day of the Epic Rust Belt Road Trip. The previous night, after exploring the ruins of a few beautiful ...

Creepy Abandoned Schools of Rural Iowa

09/24/2016 16:15:00 PM

A school sits abandoned in a small town in rural Iowa, as it has for more than fifty years. Untouched by graffiti, the grand old structure has been eaten away by the ravages of mother nature.The sun touched the horizon behind a cottony layer ...

Twice Abandoned: The Incredible Ruins of Searsboro Consolidated School

09/14/2016 08:12:00 AM

The ruins of Searsboro Consolidated School languish on a hill at the edge of a small town in rural Iowa. Largely obscured by trees and overgrown weeds, the grand structure sits abandoned and heavily damaged by the elements. After checking out ...

The Ruins of Oak Park Academy Boarding School in Nevada, Iowa

09/03/2016 19:13:00 PM

Near the outskirts of Nevada, Iowa lie the ruins of Oak Park Academy, a boarding school built by the Seventh Day Adventist Church in 1911.Invigorated from a morning spent wandering through the beautiful ruins of Iowa Brick in Lehigh, Iowa, I ...

Beautiful Abandonment: Nature Reclaims a Crumbling Iowa Brick Yard

08/20/2016 17:23:00 PM

Deep in rural Iowa, hidden by a lush green forest, a sprawling brickyard slowly crumbles as nature creeps in to reclaim it.

Abandoned Affluence in the Heartland

08/06/2016 15:32:00 PM

Deep in America's Heartland, grand historical structures stand vacant and neglected. Once stunning embodiments of affluence, their splendor has been worn away by the ravages of time.My journey to the Rust Belt took me through some incredible ...

Abandoned Industrial Tower in Omaha Nebraska

07/23/2016 13:52:00 PM

An abandoned industrial tower stands like a giant monolith amid a vacant lot in the heart of Omaha, Nebraska.After exploring an incredibly eerie abandoned slaughterhouse

Abandoned Slaughterhouse and Meat Packing Plant

07/15/2016 10:17:00 AM

Deep in the heart of Nebraska lies an enormous abandoned facility where thousands of cattle were slaughtered, butchered and packaged for distribution.Last week I wrote about a neat old abandoned grain elevator

Abandoned Grain Elevator in Willow Island, Nebraska

07/08/2016 15:13:00 PM

Willow Island is a tiny community along the Lincoln Highway in Nebraska, born during the age of Union Pacific's westward expansion as it built the transcontinental railroad.After stopping to admire the abandoned gas stations and storefronts ...

Abandoned Relics of the Past in Roscoe, Nebraska

07/01/2016 15:25:00 PM

The rural town of Roscoe, Nebraska is home to several beautiful abandoned buildings with obscure histories. After exploring the incredible abandoned homes and businesses in the dying town of Thompson Springs, Utah, I headed into Colorado, where ...

Abandoned Eagle Mine and Belden, Colorado Mining District

06/24/2016 15:32:00 PM

At the base of Battle Mountain, a thousand feet below the ghost town of Gilman, Colorado, stands the abandoned ruins of Belden Mining District. After exploring the residential and business ruins of Gilman, Colorado ghost town, I descended into ...

Left Behind in Gilman, Colorado Ghost Town

06/17/2016 10:21:00 AM

The abandoned industrial and administrative buildings of Gilman, Colorado hold many artifacts that were left behind when the mining settlement became a ghost town.I awoke in the basement of an abandoned office building. I had found shelter from ...

Gilman, Colorado: A Toxic Ghost Town

06/12/2016 13:04:00 PM

The ghost town of Gilman, Colorado sits atop Battle Mountain overlooking Eagle Gulch. For nearly a century, mining operations poured so many toxic pollutants into the ecosystem that the EPA has declared the area off-limits.After an incredible ...

Dead and Dying: Sego ghost town and Thompson Springs, Utah

06/04/2016 14:40:00 PM

Thompson Springs, Utah, once an important railroad hub, has been slowly dying over the past several decades. Abandoned homes and businesses languish along its main street, grim reminders that the beautiful little community may soon meet the ...

Green River Launch Complex Abandoned Military Base in Utah

05/27/2016 16:55:00 PM

Green River Launch Complex, a sprawling abandoned military installation and Cold War relic, occupies a vast stretch of barren land in Eastern Utah. From 1964 to 1979, it served as a test facility for Air Force and Army missile programs. Now ...

Train Graveyard of Big Rock Candy Mountain: A Hobo's Paradise

05/20/2016 15:25:00 PM

A train graveyard lies along the bank of the Sevier River at the base of Utah's Big Rock Candy Mountain.I have only one complaint about Utah: There is so much breathtaking scenery that it's impossible to drive anywhere without having to pull ...

Abandoned Buildings and Dark History of Circleville, Utah

05/13/2016 17:35:00 PM

Circleville, Utah is a charming little town in Piute County with a checkered past.

Abandoned Places in Antimony and Junction, Utah Ghost Towns

05/05/2016 16:30:00 PM

Unique abandoned buildings in Antimony and Junction, Utah serve as reminders of the frontiersmen and miners who ventured westward in the late 1800s in search of opportunity. After exploring the awesome abandoned Osiris Creamery and Granary, ...

Awesome Abandoned Osiris Creamery and Granary in Utah Ghost Town

04/27/2016 15:36:00 PM

Deep in the Black Canyon of rural Utah lies the abandoned Osiris Creamery and Granary, a towering remnant of the ghost town of Osiris.I woke at sunup on day 2 of my

Hospital of the Dammed

04/18/2016 11:59:00 AM

The abandoned Boulder City Hospital sat atop a hill overlooking Lake Mead. From its magnificent vantage point, the old structure kept vigil for more than 80 years, while the man-made lake rose and then slowly fell and the city around it quadrupled ...

Boulder City's Lost Airport

04/09/2016 19:48:00 PM

Once known as the "biggest airport in the West", very little remains of the Boulder City Airport today. After exploring the Boulder City Pet Cemetery on the outskirts of town, I made my way into the city to check out several other abandoned ...

Boulder City Pet Cemetery... and Alleged Mafia Burial Site

04/01/2016 19:21:00 PM

Along a desert highway in Southern Nevada lies Boulder City Pet Cemetery, an illegal graveyard with a murky past. The final resting place of hundreds of beloved pets, the sprawling stretch of land is rumored to hold the remains of a few unfortunate ...

Searchlight, Nevada: A Living Ghost Town

03/25/2016 15:53:00 PM

In the arid southern corner of the Silver State lies Searchlight, Nevada. Once the site of a gold mining boom, Searchlight has become a "living ghost town," where modern structures stand alongside the ruins of historic buildings from its he ...

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Rust Belt

03/19/2016 16:43:00 PM

Just shy of a year ago, I created

The Mystery of Canned Heat House: The Bear, The Blind Owl and the 27 Club

03/11/2016 13:39:00 PM

In an affluent neighborhood in western Los Angeles County, a two-story house has sat abandoned and decaying for decades. Rumors tell of a time when rock stars, including a member of the infamous "27 Club," lived, jammed, and partied within the ...

Fatalities and Films of a Ghostly Movie Ranch in Acton, California

03/04/2016 13:21:00 PM

Nestled in the

Abandoned Water Park in the Mojave Desert - Lake Dolores aka Rock-A-Hoola

02/25/2016 16:03:00 PM

In the middle of the scorching Mojave Desert is a strange sight. It has sat quietly for over a decade, turning the heads of passing motorists.Like the abandoned Zzyzx Healing Center, Lake Dolores / Rock-A-Hoola Water Park is a fascinating abandoned ...

A Scoundrel's Legacy: Zzyzx Road and Abandoned Health Spa

02/19/2016 17:53:00 PM

Where does Zzyzx Road lead to? What does Zzyzx mean? If you've ever driven past the Zzyzx Road exit on I-15 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, these questions have probably crossed your mind. From the freeway, the mysterious road appears to ...

Gateway to Death Valley: The Broken Dreams of Baker, California

02/11/2016 16:41:00 PM

Deep in the heart of the Mojave Desert lies Baker, California, a desolate little town along the I-15 freeway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Best known as home to The World's Tallest Thermometer, Baker has become infamous for its many abandoned ...

Spending the Night in the Abandoned Ghost Town of Cisco, Utah

02/04/2016 20:20:00 PM

Just west of the Colorado border lies the incredible ghost town of Cisco, Utah. Cisco is a fairly large ghost town with many abandoned structures, some from the early 1900s, and some from recent years. It is totally accessible and has no signs ...

Sweet Abandoned Ruins of White Satin Amalgamated Sugar Plant in Loveland, Colorado

01/29/2016 12:25:00 PM

The crumbling remains of abandoned sugar factories languish throughout Northeastern Colorado, bleak reminders of the rise and fall of the beet sugar industry.I was still riding high from exploring the Titan I ICBM 2B missile silo launch com ...

Huge Abandoned Titan I ICBM Nuclear Missile Silo Launch Complex

01/22/2016 11:50:00 AM

Deep beneath the plains of Deer Trail, Colorado lies a hidden system of tunnels that once housed instruments of nuclear annihilation.The morning after my exploration of Southeastern Colorado's incredible ghost towns

Eerie Ghost Town of Model, Colorado and Abandoned School in Tyrone

01/14/2016 15:21:00 PM

The rural highways of Southern Colorado meander through a harsh landscape where abandoned homes and businesses stand as crumbling monuments to the broken dreams of those that once lived there.After exploring the ruins of Ludlow, Colorado, a ...

The Bloody History of Ludlow, Colorado Ghost Town

01/07/2016 18:09:00 PM

The ghost town of Ludlow sits along a quiet dirt road in rural Colorado across from the train tracks that once carried the coal its residents excavated from nearby mines. Built in the early 1900s, Ludlow was the site of events so appalling that ...

Awesome Ruins of Salinas Pueblo Missions and Mountainair, New Mexico

12/31/2015 16:54:00 PM

The three awe-inspiring sites that make up the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument stand as reminders of a unique time in North American history. In the early 1600s, Spanish Franciscan established missions at Abo, Gran Quivira, and Quarai, ...

Massive Abandoned Truck Stop, Shady Grove Restaurant, and Desert West Motel in Road Forks, New Mexico

12/24/2015 14:37:00 PM

Weary travelers passing through Southwestern New Mexico can no longer find respite in the tiny community of Road Forks. An oasis once stood at the intersection of I-10 and Highway 80, where you could pull off the freeway for fuel, lodging, and ...

A City in Ruins: Willcox, Arizona

12/17/2015 13:23:00 PM

Driving into Willcox, Arizona, I had no idea of the adventure that awaited me. After stopping to check out the creepy abandoned miniature golf course on the outskirts of town, I planned on getting back on I-10 and heading into New Mexico. I'd ...

Creepy Abandoned Miniature Golf Course in Willcox, Arizona

12/09/2015 14:02:00 PM

Along a quiet highway in Cochise County, Arizona sits a long-abandoned miniature golf course with a shadowy past.After checking out the partially unearthed Titan II missile silo complex

Unearthed Titan II ICBM Nuclear Missile Silo Complex at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

12/03/2015 10:38:00 AM

Dozens of decommissioned Cold War era ICBM missile silos exist across the country, but very few are accessible these days.Several days and a few hundred miles from my ultimate destination, a Titan II missile silo complex in Colorado still open ...

Arizona Nuthouse and the Demise of Nickerson Farms

11/25/2015 13:10:00 PM

Nickerson Farms Family Restaurant stood abandoned for decades before the structure finally collapsed in late 2013.I decided to stop and have a look at the ruins since they were just off the freeway. I'm glad I did because there were two more ...

Mysterious Abandoned Casa Grande Domes

11/18/2015 12:55:00 PM

Ghost stories and rumors of strange encounters surround the mysterious dome-like structures that sit abandoned in the desert of Casa Grande. A closer look at the site reveals its incredible beauty and clues as to why so many people swear the ...

Airplane Boneyard: Gila River Memorial Airport

11/12/2015 11:42:00 AM

It's been a long time since an airplane has flown in or out of Gila River Memorial Airport. Built to support the Pacific front in World War II, it now serves as an airplane graveyard.After checking out the ruins of Mesa, Arizona's agricultural ...

Abandoned Remnants of Mesa, Arizona's Agricultural Era

11/05/2015 11:04:00 AM

After checking out a few abandoned places in the Phoenix area, I drove down to Mesa to explore an old grain elevator.The cluster of grain silos bearing the faded lettering "F.P. Nielson & Sons" towers above the surrounding area, looking very ...

Rust Belt Road Trip Update

10/27/2015 21:47:00 PM

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Max Delta Mine and Phoenix's Vanishing Abandoned Places

10/27/2015 12:19:00 PM

Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area is home to a fascinating variety of abandoned places. My favorite so far were the incredible ruins of Phoenix Trotting Park, and I couldn't wait to find out what else Arizona had in store for me.I woke ...

Rust Belt Road Trip 2015

09/28/2015 16:03:00 PM

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Buffalo Bill Cody and the Melting Adobe House

09/10/2015 11:50:00 AM

After exploring the incredible Phoenix Trotting Park, I knew it would be a difficult site to top. I called and texted a few people at home and then enjoyed a leisurely lunch.from Phoenix I drove an hour and a half to the outskirts of Dateland, ...

The Colossal Ruins of Phoenix Trotting Park

09/03/2015 16:03:00 PM

The colossal ruins of Phoenix Trotting Park sit in the middle of a barren expanse of land just off I-10. Built 20 years before the freeway, the futuristic structure has sat for more than half a century, like a spaceship that landed in the middle ...

Bloody Basin and Black Canyon Dog Racing Compound

08/27/2015 15:01:00 PM

A dog racing facility sits on a hill overlooking Black Canyon City, its racetrack obscured by cacti and trees that have grown unchecked over the thirty-something years since it was abandoned.An hour north of Phoenix I stopped to check out an ...

Mysterious Ruins near Canyon Diablo

08/20/2015 13:24:00 PM

In a barren expanse of desert outside the remote Navajo town of Leupp stands the ruins of a large unmarked structure. Despite its advanced state of decay, the old building is still quite beautiful.After exploring Ella's Trading Post and the ...

The Delusional Pianist of Ella's Frontier Trading Post

08/13/2015 14:09:00 PM

Ella's Frontier Trading Post has sat abandoned on a disused segment of Historic Route 66 for over 30 years.Only a half hour east of

The ransacked remains of Meteor City Trading Post

08/06/2015 15:33:00 PM

At daybreak I left the rest area and headed to the abandoned Meteor City trading post a dozen miles west of Winslow, AZ. Not an actual city, the trading post is named for the nearby crater Barringer Crater, where the Canyon Diablo Meteorite ...