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Modern Ruins Archive #9

Dixmont
Posted by Earl on 9/22/2005, 11:52 am

Saw some photos from Dixmont the other day... apparently it's still standing? Anyone been there recently?

Re: Dixmont
Posted by lynn on 9/25/2005, 2:44 pm, in reply to "Dixmont"

I was there this weekend...Security is crawling everywhere. Especially since Wal~Mart bought the property within that last couple of weeks.

Re: Dixmont
Posted by Bryan on 2/8/2006, 3:11 pm, in reply to "Re: Dixmont"

Dixmont is no more. As of 2 weeks ago it has been torn down to make way for the Walmart.

Old Hospital in Catonsville, Md
Posted by Krickeey on 9/30/2005, 1:54 pm

This is an old hospital from civil wars times tucked back on the winding roads off of Fredrick Road outside of Ellicott City. I am now 34 but have been there several times in the 80's. I use to hear several stories about the place and the how the large 7 or 8 story building had alot of history in the walls. I recently made a visit there with a friend and boy was it creepy. We actually went inside the building , got lost, ended up turned around in the building and were stuck somehow on the 2nd floor without ever going up steps. Anyone know anything about this place?

Re: Old Hospital in Catonsville, Md
Posted by Lucky on 10/17/2005, 9:54 am, in reply to "Old Hospital in Catonsville, Md"

Krickeey,
Can you give a location so other can explore it? Do you have any photos?

Sunk Mine
Posted by IronMiner on 10/1/2005, 1:59 am

While there has been lots of talk about it on this message board, I figured it would be appropiate to let everyone know about our latest update on IronMiners.com. You guessed it, the long anticipated Sunk Mine Slideshow has been added to the site. It took multiple trips to photograph it properly, but it is there for everyone's enjoyment!
http://www.ironminers.com

Re: Sunk Mine
Posted by jorge scungilli on 10/8/2005, 9:25 pm, in reply to "Sunk Mine"

great shots....the railroad bed ran right up to the mine. i'll bet there is some strange things in the bottom of that 200' shaft......

Re: Sunk Mine
Posted by IronMiner on 10/12/2005, 9:45 am, in reply to "Re: Sunk Mine"

I am sure there is a lot of interesting stuff in the bottom of those shafts. If I took up diving, this would be the mine to explore! No current to worry about, tall ceilings, probably one of the safest mines to explore if you are into diving. Would be also interesting to explore the exploratory workings which were offset by a fault.
If you know, where exactly did the narrow gauge track meet the standard gauge of the West Point Railroad? We didn't get a chance to study the railway enough.

Re: Sunk Mine
Posted by paco on 10/13/2005, 5:09 pm, in reply to "Re: Sunk Mine"

i think the rails met on 301...the phillipstown tpk.....check out the history of putnam county, and the put valley historical society in adams corners....

Re: Sunk Mine
Posted by Michael Maruzzella on 10/29/2005, 8:44 pm, in reply to "Re: Sunk Mine"

A narrow gauge railroad was built by Paul Forbes in the 1860's to meet the increased demand for iron ore during the civil war. The rail connected "Dump Hill" on route 301 to the Sunk Mines in Fahnestock State Park. The ore was loaded onto carts for shipment to Cold Spring. Your pictures show the audit to sunk mine, but not the railbed. The mine is actually four shafts that have collasped into one. If you examine the hillside, you will notice four railbeds leading into the mine entrance. Near the bed of the lake is an old mine cart wheel.
The history of Sunk mines traces far back into the colonial days of iron master Peter Hansclever. ( The mine at one time contained a boat to travel across the shaft, which has been removed ).
I hope I've been helpful,
Mike

Re: Sunk Mine
Posted by pete on 11/4/2005, 9:25 am, in reply to "Re: Sunk Mine"

check out the northeast mine explorers site on the web for lots of great mine pics....
Concrete City - Wilkes-Barre Area
Posted by Andrew on 10/9/2005, 3:16 am
there's a really cool place in Nanicoke (sp?) outside of wilkes-barre named concrete city... i was just there last weekend... it's like 20 abandoned identical buildings that are made enirely of concrete. they used to be housing for coal miners from 1914-1924... some pictures are online below... all were taken by me except for the first 4... the first one was taken by a freind of mine and the other 3 i found by google search...
http://photobucket.com/albums/b92/anarchyinpa/10-1%20Concrete%20City/?

Re: Concrete City - Wilkes-Barre Area
Posted by ~pais on 10/16/2005, 7:21 pm, in reply to "Concrete City - Wilkes-Barre Area"

I have the history & some pics of Concrete City. I think one the pics are mine that you have. = )
http://www.itsapaisleything.com

Orlando Buildings
Posted by Treva on 10/10/2005, 3:51 pm

Does anyone know of any abandon buildings, properties or places around the Orlando or Central Florida area to explore?

Re: flooded PA town
Posted by maria on 10/13/2005, 8:10 pm

Anyone still interested in the flooded PA town, check out this info.... http://www.milfordmagazine.com/PDFs/milmag_wallenpaupack.pdf

Re: flooded PA town
Posted by ggn on 1/6/2006, 10:17 am, in reply to "Re: flooded PA town"

I believe something similar happened to some of the towns where Yough lake now stands in the SW corner of the state. Depending on how low they drop the lake level in the winter months, you can see the old route of US 40. The boat ramp at the west end of the lake (us 40-wise) is part of the old alignment, and there is a concrete bridge that is submerged during the non-winter months. From the new bridge, you can also see where the pre lake road climbed the east bank, to the north of the bridge.

Torrance State Hospital
Posted by Jeremy on 10/27/2005, 7:39 pm

I would appreciate it very much if some one could tell me where exactly the abandoned structure is in relation to the rest of the hospital. I found and abandoned slaughter house and barn but there were other abandoned buildings in pictures from the ghost hunter websites. If anyone can help me I would be grateful.

Re: Torrance State Hospital
Posted by Natalie on 6/29/2006, 9:43 pm, in reply to "Torrance State Hospital"

After you turned into the road to Torrance, you crossed a bridge with water under it. Then on your right you saw a bunch of barns. Travel a little further down the road and to your right is an old hospital building that is the one most people explore. It is directly across the street from the armory building.

west/boston line- putnam division
Posted by ray on 10/31/2005, 9:39 pm

i lived in hastings on hudson right off cliff st and there is a lot of history there starting with the railroad that was a comuter traindoes anyone remember the foot bridge that crossed over the saw mill pkwy?it was attached to a house that used to be the station and a inn, i know there was a grocery store and a bar there too but id like to find out more.
ray

Re: west/boston line- putnam division
Posted by pete on 11/10/2005, 4:27 pm, in reply to "west/boston line- putnam division"

i have old video footage of both of those westchester lines while in use.....ph

old Powerstation death
Posted by john on 11/7/2005, 5:06 am

Hi from Australia.There are few large abandomed buildings left in this country and I am hoping to visit the U.S for train watching and deralict building spotting.
I hear that though NYC has lost much of it's urban deraliction,Will,I' find abandonment aplenty
in the Hudson valley or small cities like Buffello or Rochester.If you like I'l tell you about some of our beuties,A deralict powerstation
saw a 13 year old girl ( 2 runaways) tragicly fall to her death down a hole in the floor.of this huge rotting vandalised hulk Right in downtown Melbourne.BYE

Re: old Powerstation death
Posted by Mike on 1/5/2006, 6:07 pm, in reply to "old Powerstation death"

Hop on the Metro North Hudson Line train out of Grand Central. Plenty of abandoned bldgs. along the way, most notably, the abandoned Anaconda Wire Building, I think that's in the area of Ludlow/Yonkers perhaps.

Abandoned Industrial Facilities?
Posted by Johnny G on 11/14/2005, 8:25 pm

I'm currently scouting for large, abandoned industrial facilities in the Pittsburgh area to be used in an independent film. If anyone has any leads, please let me know. Thanks!

Re: Abandoned Industrial Facilities?
Posted by Andrew on 11/15/2005, 12:36 am, in reply to "Abandoned Industrial Facilities?"

there's tons of old steelmills in the area... shouldn't be hard to find one of those... getting in and not getting caught is another problem though...

Re: Abandoned Industrial Facilities?
Posted by Johnny G on 11/15/2005, 6:10 pm, in reply to "Re: Abandoned Industrial Facilities?"

Most of the mills that I remember from my childhood are gone. Would you happen to know any specific locations of abandoned mills that are still around. Thanks again!

byberry mental hospital
Posted by Top Hat on 11/18/2005, 3:56 pm

byberry is a huge abandoned assylum in philladelphia. it is located in north east philly at the northern most point of Rt 1 (rousevelt blvd) it is huge!!! you can see pictures of it on google.

Re: byberry mental hospital
Posted by Jerry on 8/20/2006, 3:10 pm, in reply to "Re: byberry mental hospital"

Better hurry they are in the process of demolishing whats left of Byberry
NY westchester area?
Posted by Mary on 11/24/2005, 11:32 pm
I'm looking for pretty much anything intresting to explore that isn't terribly far away. I've been to baily hall and I'm hungry for more.

Re: NY westchester area?
Posted by Sharla on 3/28/2006, 6:44 pm, in reply to "NY westchester area?"

Sunken Mine Road in Putnam Valley does have some old remains of things. The road is very desolate and winding,which makes it spooky. The farther into Putnam Valley you get, the more desolate the surroundings are. Try Cimmaron Road, Dundenberg Road, Bell Hollow Road, and Denytown Road for some more interesting things.
Cimmaron Road was once home to a famous ranch and saloon. Some of the remains are still intact.

Re: NY westchester area?
Posted by Frank G on 2/18/2006, 6:46 pm, in reply to "NY westchester area?"

I could put you on to the 1880 Put. RR bridge cut in Tarrytown, the site of the original 1840s Croton dam

Re: NY westchester area?
Posted by Mike on 1/5/2006, 6:00 pm, in reply to "NY westchester area?"

Oh yeah, I forgot, there are also some abandoned wells and foundations in Northern Westchester, in Cortlandt Manor.
One of them is a large artesian well, maybe 20 feet wide x 20 feet deep, lined with brick. Probably a hundred years old or so. It's off Hill and Dale Road, which is off of Furnace Dock Road. I could give you more specific directions if your're interested.

Re: NY westchester area?
Posted by Mike on 1/5/2006, 5:55 pm, in reply to "NY westchester area?"

Hi,
I'm new to this site.
What is Baily Hall like and where in Westchester is that?
Also, have you been to any of those "mysterious caves" that are scattered around westchester and putnam that are usually written about in the Journal News once a year? When the spring solstice comes, the sun lines up perfectly in these caves. I think there is speculation that the Vikings may have been the ones who built those.
There are also some ruins in Bear Mountain State Park, on the Doodletown Mine trail, I believe.
Mike

Re: Putnam County Root Cellars
Posted by Michael Maruzzella on 11/6/2006, 3:51 pm, in reply to "Re: NY westchester area?"

Hi,
The caves you speak of aren't really caves but man-made root cellars with the doors long rotted away. It logical that rural farmers would build these structures to store root vegtables, and the orientation toward the sunrise was probably the only light source available. there are over 200 such sites in northern Westchester and Putnam Counties.
They are easily accessed traveling west on Route 301, just before the intersection of Farmers Mills Rd. Continue past the root cellar on your left and past the intersection of Farmers Mills you see another root cellar on your right.
The most interesting one of these structures in on Oscawanna Lake Rd. in Putnam Valley across fromt the elemntary school. It's a double root cellar on your right below the road level. Ther's also one traveling north on Route 22 between Croton Falls and Brewster, just before the restaurant on your right. In the winter it's clearly visible from the road near the large billboards.
Martin Breech from Mahopac attaches his belief that they are Celtic burial chambers. He believes that natural weathering on the stone is actually artistic symbols from centuries ago. Bad science and rural folklore have taken their toll on the real purpose for the chambers. The fact that they are located far away form existing farms and that their orientation is toward the east doesn't prove the burial chamber theory. The only people that inscribed on rocks are the native Indians, who in CT have left curious drawings to tell other members of the tribe where thay had gone to hunt.
Thanks for reading my email,
Mike Maz

Re: NY westchester area?
Posted by kathy on 6/27/2006, 3:31 pm, in reply to "Re: NY westchester area?"

Hi, I am a paranormal investigator with a group called the katonah paranormal group on meetup.com We are always looking for places to explore...e-mail me ...we could get togeather and explore west-put. Our group has great photo's and evp. Where is this baily hospital in Katonah?

catalog
Posted by mikie on 11/26/2005, 5:15 pm

Hi,
I live in the Great state of Florida and at a yard sale at my home in Jacksonville I found a catalog of Barrerman arsenal!Are they still in business?
Tks.

Re: catalog
Posted by Karl Xydexx Jorgensen on 12/4/2005, 11:30 pm, in reply to "catalog"

Nope, Bannerman's Arsenal went out of business many years ago, in the 1950s-1960s IIRC.

carantics haunts
Posted by mike on 11/29/2005, 4:19 am

eclectic collection of haunts from around dc/balt area.
pics, much info, maps, film
see carantics.com/haunts

slop chops
Posted by chiops on 12/6/2005, 7:13 pm

bad news everyone, the noodleheap collapsed,
the noodleheap was a famous pound structure that housed some relics from the bog people

Dover Drag Strip
Posted by dobiedots on 12/21/2005, 1:26 pm

Can anyone tell me the location of the former DOVER DRAG STRIP in Dover Plains, NY? Trying to locate what road it was on, but no one seems to remember! I would love to see what is there now or if there are any signs of the drag strip. Thanks!

Re: Dover Drag Strip
Posted by chris on 12/28/2005, 12:57 am, in reply to "Dover Drag Strip"

If you go up to Adams diner on Rt22 make a left go down about 1- 1-1/2 mile's it would be on the right. It just just an open feild that some old b###h owns part of and will not sell her piece to but the track back. There is really nothing to see except some snow right now.
I got this response asking about it on another website

Re: Dover Drag Strip
Posted by Al Baran on 1/3/2006, 3:05 pm, in reply to "Re: Dover Drag Strip"

After Dover stopped racing it became a peat-moss farm. The shut off area was downhill and is completely under water today.

Putnam Division
Posted by Rob on 12/21/2005, 5:47 pm

Would love to know whether I can purchase any film.video or pictures of the Putnam Division; am particularly interested in the area between Mt. Hope and Elmsford Stations, Ardsley especially.
Can anyone be of help?
I saw a message that dates back some time from a "Pete" who said he had video of the Put; would love to hear from him. Or even view it, never to see it again.

Re: Putnam Division
Posted by Paul Hoffman on 1/19/2006, 5:36 pm, in reply to "Putnam Division"

Rob - You can purchase the book " The Putnam Division ", by Daniel R. Gallo and Frederick A. Kramer - lots of good photos( note : I own two copies of it, the last copy I found in Dutchess Trains ). I have never seen or heard of any motion pictures of the Putnam Division - you might have some luck by contacting the Yorktown Cultural Center ( they have an HO model RR display of the PUT in Yorktown. P.Hoffman

New video available
Posted by Bill on 12/22/2005, 8:47 am

It's a 45 minute documentary called "The Lost Towns of the Pine Barrens, Vol. I" It investigates the history and mystery of some of the towns that existed in this ecologically unique area of New Jersey and the role they played in the History of the U.S. There are some interesting stories, some legends and it takes the viewer on a "tour" of 7 of these towns, most related to the once thriving bog iron industry.
here's the website http://www.losttownsvideo.com
Armonk, NY
Posted by Andrea on 1/14/2006, 8:53 am
Does anyone know about a huge stone building right on Rt 22 in Armonk? This building looks like it could have been burned out long ago. The only thing that stands is the stone outer walls. There doesn't seem to be any remnants of a roof or interior at all. There is a driveway leading to this place right on rt 22. I wouldn't drive in because there is a smaller stone house that looks like it is on the same property and it appears to be occupied.

Re: Armonk, NY
Posted by K on 8/21/2006, 1:53 am, in reply to "Armonk, NY"

It was called soundview estate and it has recently been sold and is now a private residence

looking for help
Posted by Nic on 1/17/2006, 5:56 am

hello everyone,
looking for some help and input.
I am a freelance photographer looking for abandonned buildings. I've been reading over this board for a little while now.
I'm mostly interested in Pennsylvania (im based in Toronto but my family is originally from around Allentown). I've so far explored the New Jersey Zinc Company in Palmerton and a some of coal country.
I'm looking for pointers on any structures/places you can recommend.
I'm leaving for a 4 days trip on Friday, heading down to Mahanoy and then going west towards Pittsburg.
you can see some of my shots here, under "industrial"
http://www.hackphotography.com
thanks again
Nic

Looking For Matt
Posted by Johnny G on 1/26/2006, 6:15 pm

I'm looking for the person named "Matt" who posted the following message (from Archive #2). I too am looking to film in an abandoned mill and would like to names and numbers of the people he contacted to get permission to film there. Thanks!
Johny G

Re: rankin pa
Posted by Matt on 1/27/2003, 6:32 pm, in reply to "Re: rankin pa"

Hello, I just called the RIDC and asked if I could film an abandoned steel mill. They said yes and I got nine hours of footage. Matt Do you know where the atlas cement plant is??

Mount Airy Lodge, Stricklands, Pocono Gardens
Posted by Bryan on 2/1/2006, 10:32 am

I know that a lot of people have asked for pictures of the resorts at and around Mount Airy Lodge in the Poconos. Check out my website for a look inside these abandoned hotels, and a lot more!! http://www.uer.ca/~bratchny/
thanks
Bryan

Re: Mount Airy Lodge, Stricklands, Pocono Gardens
Posted by Corey on 3/30/2006, 7:52 pm, in reply to "Mount Airy Lodge, Stricklands, Pocono Gardens"

I grew up near Mount Airy Lodge and went to school right next door. IT's really weird to go home and see all of the buildings gone. But, It will be back the plans are already in place and construction is going on now. It will become a slot machine resort sometime in the future when the major work is completed.

Re: Mount Airy Lodge, Stricklands, Pocono Gardens
Posted by Emily on 3/28/2006, 6:38 pm, in reply to "Mount Airy Lodge, Stricklands, Pocono Gardens"

Thank you Bryan. Your website is amazing. I stayed at Mount Airy numerous times in the 80's, and loved it. It's a shame it closed down. Those pictures make me very sad.
Does anyone have pictures of Mount Airy from it's early days?
pocono gardens
Posted by jo-ann on 11/24/2006, 2:03 pm, in reply to "Re: Mount Airy Lodge, Stricklands, Pocono Gardens"
where did you get those photos from? I worked at pocono gardens from 1991-1997.....did you work there...although the place was run down at the time, I met some really good people there.The pix made me a little sad...to bad the place could not be saved.

Re: Mount Airy Lodge, Stricklands, Pocono Gardens
Posted by heather on 2/21/2006, 9:16 pm, in reply to "Mount Airy Lodge, Stricklands, Pocono Gardens"

You have some great stops. Where are the ones in ny and how do i get there?

All New York Railroad Routes
Posted by Russ Nelson on 2/1/2006, 11:33 pm

I've been working on a database of New York State railroad routes. I imagine that I have a complete database of every railroad embankment ever created -- even a few that never had rails. http://russnelson.com/nyrr/

NY area industrial facilites
Posted by Spyke on 2/8/2006, 4:07 pm

Me and the crew are currently looking for abandoned industrial facilities in that area for a photoshoot. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Re: NY area industrial facilites
Posted by Melissa on 2/11/2006, 1:14 am, in reply to "NY area industrial facilites"

hey if you are visiting the upper part of NY about 70 miles from NYC there are tons of factories in the Poughkeepsie area.Also there are a few abandoned places like hospitals that you might want to consider.if you want more info let me know,i will give you specifics.

Re: NY area industrial facilites
Posted by chess on 3/12/2006, 10:07 pm, in reply to "Re: NY area industrial facilites"

i live in tivoli, about 45 min north of poughkeepsie. if you have some specifc ones that you know of around here i would love to get directions- clarachess(at)gmail.com. thanks

Re: NY area industrial facilites
Posted by chess on 2/27/2006, 11:01 pm, in reply to "Re: NY area industrial facilites"

i am in the upstate area and also looking for abandoned factories hospitals etc. . . It has become an important artistic hobby for me- can you give me some directions to particularly good ones?
thx
c


PUTNAM RAILROAD VIDEO
Posted by pete on 2/8/2006, 9:25 pm

i have the video of the put which shows many of the stations and steam and diesel trains.also last passenger run on the put...color and b/w...contact me if interested..pete

Re: PUTNAM RAILROAD VIDEO
Posted by Rick Saracelli on 6/9/2006, 8:19 pm, in reply to "PUTNAM RAILROAD VIDEO"

Putnam County is currently developing a park along the old Put ROW in Carmel. Ruins in the woods seem to indicate where the ROW was supposed to run north but was never completed. Old bridge abutments and RR grade exist in an uncompleted state. The ROW that was completed run to Brewster. Any verification of what looks like the unfinished ROW would be appriciated.

Re: PUTNAM RAILROAD VIDEO
Posted by pete on 6/11/2006, 7:04 pm, in reply to "Re: PUTNAM RAILROAD VIDEO"

that could be the new york, boston and montreal row that was started, but never completed....there was supposed to be a connection from carmel to dutchess cty --the ndc line, then connect to different lines, the rutland--then canada....the project went bankrupt...check out bernie rudbergs book on the nd+c...amazon had it.....where did you see the line branch north ? where in carmel ? thanks

Re: PUTNAM RAILROAD VIDEO
Posted by Rich Pedersen on 3/9/2006, 10:38 pm, in reply to "PUTNAM RAILROAD VIDEO"

I am looking for a video/photos only of the Lincoln Park Putnam Division station at McLean Avenue in Yonkers. Contact me if you have any of these items.

Re: PUTNAM RAILROAD VIDEO
Posted by Anthony on 2/11/2006, 9:10 pm, in reply to "PUTNAM RAILROAD VIDEO"

Pete,
Is this the video with all different clips compiled together, orr is this the full tape of the last passenger run on the Put. I'd be very interested to see it.
Thanks

Re: PUTNAM RAILROAD VIDEO
Posted by Matthew Cullen on 12/15/2006, 1:03 pm, in reply to "Re: PUTNAM RAILROAD VIDEO"

Pete,
I would be very interested in the video, I grew up in Eastview, only one house, which belonged to the Rockefeller's and was for whoever ran the pumpstation for the tarrytown lakes, My grandfather ran the pumphouse there and my grandmother worked in the eastview train station.
We lived there until the late fifties when my grandfather retired.

Re: PUTNAM RAILROAD VIDEO
Posted by Frank G on 3/18/2006, 10:16 pm, in reply to "Re: PUTNAM RAILROAD VIDEO"

Anthony..............Didn't know there was a tape of the ''last run'' of the Put. Any idea where I can get a copy ?
Frank G
iversons movie ranch
Posted by larry on 2/14/2006, 6:09 pm
off santa susana rd near the 118 fw & topanga canyon blvd exit. u can walk in threw zorros cave at the far north east end of the condo complex about a mi. west of topanga acrost the street is{THE GARDEN OF THE GODS} a state hitorical indian site
p.s it is the actual zorros cave from the origenal tv searies in the 50s

Re: iversons movie ranch
Posted by larry on 2/14/2006, 6:14 pm, in reply to "iversons movie ranch"

sorry for peaple that dont know the area
the general location is Chatsworth California NW of Los Angeles in the NW San Fernando Valley

Abandoned locomotives/ trolley cars?
Posted by Luther Wills-Dudich on 2/17/2006, 2:40 pm

I am looking for some information about abandonded locomotives (especially steam) and trolley cars that are rumored to be out there.
I remember seeing an old tank switch engine that was sitting alongside the DC Metro's Green line up until the late 90's, when it was apparently destroyed.
Since seeing this, I've been curious what else might be still lurking in weeds or on a hillside somewhere, especially in the Mid-Atlantic area.
Thanks.

Re: Abandoned locomotives/ trolley cars?
Posted by snow dragon on 4/5/2006, 5:23 pm, in reply to "Abandoned locomotives/ trolley cars?"

I have yet to see an abandoned locomotive lying around, but I would definately be interested in seeing one. I would suspect that the NEPA area would be likely to have them, since it's coal country. There are a few cabooses down near Bloomsburg, PA. There's a company that bought a bunch of them and rents them out. Anyway, they have three of them sitting on an old bridge. You can't get in them, but you can see inside.

Re: Abandoned locomotives/ trolley cars?
Posted by Luther Wills-Dudich on 5/16/2006, 1:41 pm, in reply to "Re: Abandoned locomotives/ trolley cars?"

Snow Dragon-
Thanks for the tip. Check Mike's site above of abandoned PA railroads for some long abandoned equipment.
(No locomotives, though.)
-LWWD

Abandoned Ohio Amusement Parks
Posted by Jeff on 2/21/2006, 6:24 pm

Can anyone tell me if I can still get in for pictures to either Idora Park or Chippewa Falls Park.
Upstate Ny abandoned factories/ hospitals/schools etc. . .
Posted by chess on 2/27/2006, 11:13 pm
Two artists, we have picked up a serious addiction of exploring abandoned spaces. We've discovered a couple gems but wondering if anyone has an good suggestions. We are especially interested in factories, hospitals, amusemnt parks etc. The more recently abandoned the better. thx

Re: Upstate Ny abandoned factories/ hospitals/schools etc. . .
Posted by Nicole on 7/9/2006, 9:42 pm, in reply to "Upstate Ny abandoned factories/ hospitals/schools etc. . . "

There is a really cool old sanitarium in Saratoga, NY. It's in a small town called Galway and It's been abandoned for like 60 years....could give you directions if you want....definatley cool for pics and thrill seeking....

Blues Brothers shopping Mall
Posted by mike on 3/4/2006, 9:17 am

Just read a story in a car magazine about the shopping mall that was used in the Blues Brothers movie back around 1982? It was abandoned shortly before the movie was made and is still sitting vacant in the Chicago suburb. They showed a few pictures from inside and said the skid marks and damage was still there from the movie production.

Re: Blues Brothers shopping Mall
Posted by donny on 3/9/2006, 11:15 am, in reply to "Blues Brothers shopping Mall"

Dixmoor, Illinois......Dixie Square Shopping Mall, I believe was the name

Pace University
Posted by KF on 3/15/2006, 10:39 pm

Can anyone tell me anything they know about Pace University being haunted,on the Briarcliff Campus.

Re: Pace University
Posted by Scott P. on 3/16/2006, 8:27 pm, in reply to "Pace University"

I lived at the Briarcliff campus for a semester. Yes, the original Dow home on the site, Dow Hall, which is now a dorm, is rumored to be haunted on the 4th floor. I believe the ghost is supposedly Mrs. Dow.

Re: Pace University
Posted by Andrea on 3/18/2006, 9:01 pm, in reply to "Re: Pace University"

I lived in Dow for 2 years. I've been to the 4th floor. No hauntings, just an awesome old building.

Re: Pace University
Posted by Emily on 3/28/2006, 6:36 pm, in reply to "Re: Pace University"

It was Mrs. Dow's school for Girls, followed by Miss Porter's School, and Briarcliff College. Pace bought the campus in the 70's, when Briarcliff College closed. Both the Briarcliff campus of Pace University, and the nearby former Kings College campus are rumored to be haunted. I lived in Dow Hall as a student at Pace, and never once saw or heard anything ghostly.

Abandoned bldg on Rt. 118 near Granite Springs Road in Somers, NY
Posted by Scott P. on 3/16/2006, 8:31 pm

Anyone know about a supposed abandoned building on Rt. 118 right near the intersection with Granite Springs Road in Somers? It would be on the opposite side of the road from where the intersection is. I heard that it may have been a restaurant at some point. When I drive by in the winter I can make out what looks like it might be a building or something but it's really tough to tell - and since it's in a busy area I've been too afraid to trespass and see if there's anything back there!

Re: Abandoned bldg on Rt. 118 near Granite Springs Road in Somers, NY
Posted by Michael Maruzzella on 8/10/2006, 10:02 am, in reply to "Abandoned bldg on Rt. 118 near Granite Springs Road in Somers, NY"

Hi,
Unless you like to look at sone foundations, I wouldn't call it a building. The abandoned site is the Singer Sewing building, just south of the spillway on route 35/118. Follow the overflow of the reservoir south on route 35. there is a trout brook in about 1/2 mile the is a stone marker designating the site of the Singer Sewing Macine factory. A better site is just noth of Amawalk Reservoir , The Umbrella Factory off of Brickhill Rd. in Lincoldale, NY Take 118 north to Route 202 East past the golf coarse, at the light make a right to rte. 139 (Primrose St.) and a quick left to Brickhill Rd. your next left is Oak St. follow the street to the end, at a cul-de-sac walk a few hundred feet in to the woods and you'll find an old stone structure. Further east on Brickhill Rd. on the right is a dirt path which is the remnent of a spur line (railroad) that went from Goldens Bridge to Lake Mahopac ( 8 miles ).
Good Luck,
Mike

Re: Abandoned bldg on Rt. 118 near Granite Springs Road in Somers, NY
Posted by Frank G on 3/18/2006, 10:27 pm, in reply to "Abandoned bldg on Rt. 118 near Granite Springs Road in Somers, NY"

Scott, Yup, was a restaurant. I ate there in the early-mid 70s. Mainly fish. Same people also had one I think by the south end of the Amawalk Res. by the fire house.
Frank G

Re: Abandoned bldg on Rt. 118 near Granite Springs Road in Somers, NY
Posted by taco joe on 3/22/2006, 2:35 pm, in reply to "Re: Abandoned bldg on Rt. 118 near Granite Springs Road in Somers, NY"

that was conte's fish market....the driveway is still there....big old place...closed in the eighties...the other one was at the end of 118, next to the firehouse.....

Re: Abandoned bldg on Rt. 118 near Granite Springs Road in Somers, NY
Posted by Dobiedots on 3/23/2006, 10:48 am, in reply to "Re: Abandoned bldg on Rt. 118 near Granite Springs Road in Somers, NY"

Amawalk Fish Market was the one next to the firehouse. What a great place! Had newspapers for tablecloths! Excellent seafood at reasonable prices. They made the best Cioppino in the world! Then someone else took over for a few years. I think it closed in early 90's. Now it looks like it's a regular house.

Good spots for abandoned buildings in Westchester/Putnam, NY
Posted by Scott Petricig on 3/16/2006, 8:41 pm

Hey everyone - here's a few spots to check out for some cool abandoned houses and such that are fairly accessible or at least visible:
-Quinlan Street in Yorktown, near the Granite Springs Rd end: two houses, just a few houses away from each other. Probably only abandoned a few years ago.
-Rt. 118 in Somers - an old two-story building, looks to be industrial/commercial. Has a regular angled roof. Just beginning to be renovated.
-Stony St. in Yorktown - several abandoned buildings, varying ranges of decay...mostly near the Bear Mountain Pkwy end of the street.
-Weber Hill Rd. in Mahopac - an extremely old stone building on a building lot - nobody knew it was there until they began to take down trees for a new house that's being built on the lot. It's mostly caved in but you can still see where there was a chimney - very cool.
I know there's plenty more but that's just some to start off with!!
Theall-McCollum Mine (Magnetic Mine Rd, Brewster NY)
Posted by Mike Dugan on 3/28/2006, 12:08 pm
I've been looking for the Theall-McCollum Mine which is located off of Magnetic Mine Rd, next to Lower Mine Rd and Stoneleigh Ave. in Brewster NY near Southeast NY. Someone on this forum was talking about the exact area I have been to where we parked next to a bridge over a canal connecting the Croton Falls resevoir with the East Branch resevoir. We then walked past an iron bar-gate up a hill and all around that mountain but still have not been able to find the mine enterance. I believe this mine is different from the Tilly Foster mine also in that area. Please if anyone has any information on this it would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Theall-McCollum Mine (Magnetic Mine Rd, Brewster NY)
Posted by Michael Maruzzella on 11/6/2006, 3:23 pm, in reply to "Theall-McCollum Mine (Magnetic Mine Rd, Brewster NY)"

The Theall and McCollum mines are located off Stoneleigh Ave., on Magnetic Mine Rd.(lower mine rd.) about a mile from the paved road. Look on your right for a cleared area with a large pile of waste rocks. Hike over the hill and when you get to a level area, walk to your right. looking for a silver steel shack (dynamite storage)and a cliff with a large bank of rocks piled against it. The Theall audit was visible through a large iron door until the landowner piled cull agaoinst it. If you look at the top of the pile, you can see where kids have dug a tunnel down to the door opening.
You can hike backwards to the dynamite shack and directly across from it you'll see a trail. Follow the trail and bear to the right when you reach a fork. Continue up and around the mine until you see a fenced in area ( barbed-wire top ). You can access the McCullom mine from the ventilation shaft on the right. It's mostly caved in, but continue to your left through an opening in the cement wall. You will notice narrow guage tracks. This is a 1,300 foot connecting tunnel beween the two mines. There are a series of 11 side tunnels dug by Bethlehem Steel during W.W.2 to measure iron content in the ore. The decaying boxes are the remains of a mushroom growing business in the early 1960's.
Enjoy the tour,
Mike Maz

Re: Theall-McCollum Mine (Magnetic Mine Rd, Brewster NY)
Posted by Dave on 3/29/2006, 12:12 pm, in reply to "Theall-McCollum Mine (Magnetic Mine Rd, Brewster NY)"

Check out http://www.ironminers.com for info on that mine.
Scranton and Bloomsburg areas
Posted by snow dragon on 4/5/2006, 5:07 pm
Hey all,
I've been doing a lot of exploring around the Scranton area this past year, and I was wondering if anyone knew of any places I haven't been to yet. Also, I'll be in Bloomsburg next fall, and I'd like to do some exploring while I'm there. So far, I've only come across an old train bridge that goes over the Susquehanna River. So if anyone knows of anywhere I can explore next, drop me a line.
Here are the places I've been:
West Mountain Sanitarium
Huber (Ashley) Coal Breaker
Concrete City
Slaughterhouse in Fleetville
Factoryville Tunnels
Centralia
Abandoned Wal-Mart in DC

Re: Scranton and Bloomsburg areas
Posted by Bill on 5/4/2006, 3:29 pm, in reply to "Scranton and Bloomsburg areas"

Go to Nay Aug Park, straight in to the back of the parking lot, there should be (it's been yaers) the remains of a trail, follow that down and you will be at the falls, you can see the remains of the bridge abutments that were part of Luna Park, and if it's summer some idiots will be jumping into the water from teh rocks, and one will probably hit his noggin and someone will have to call 911. up further on Roaring Brook is the "Bath Tub" jsut before the falls.
And it was the West Mountain Sanitorium, where Dick Smith wrote the tune Winter Wonderland. At least that is my information.

Re: Scranton
Posted by JimBoylan on 4/26/2006, 4:45 pm, in reply to "Scranton and Bloomsburg areas"

South of Wilkes-Barre is the Wilkes Barre & Hazleton RR trolley tunnel, undedr I-81.

Security notes
Posted by hidden witness on 3/30/2006, 11:04 pm

Been to Pennhurst and Byberry about six times each. More interested in the history than anything else. Reading about the conduct of security/police, it's become more of a challenge of wits.
Most effective technique has been the use of "spotters" with radios that keep informed as to the movement of security/police. There're always friends who want to come along but are too nervous about going in. Wireless motion sensors used for wildlife monitoring have worked above ground but range is limited. For those with the cash, night vision is the best option thus avoiding the one large drawback with night exploring - the necessary use of flashlights. Wear leather gloves and a respirator, not masks. A good respirator that's rated for toxic particles / mold spores, can be bought at Home Depot for $26. Keep silent and dark and your chances of getting entangled with security/law are small.
The same people that smash glass and tear doors off their hinges are the same ones that get caught by security. Stealth is your best protection. Don't take spiked bats, knives, etc; they can be used against you. Instead, take a product like Counter-Assult - if it'll stop a Grizzly, it'll stop a gang-banger.
Why we need to take these measures to explore old buildings is beyond me, but it's become a game of cat and mouse. Pennhurst is what it is, old buildings with a past. It, along with many other UE locations, will soon be gone - Danvers, Dixmont, just to name a few. Enjoy Pennhurst safely, make fun memories of adventure. To the cops who might read this, don't waste time chasing harmless UE, go get the real bad guys and leave us in peace.

Lambertville HS
Posted by Hidden Witness on 4/6/2006, 8:20 am

Lambertville High School, Lambertville NJ. Very creepy building just outside of town. Can be seen on Google sat photos. Do not park at the site. Local police are frustrated at the number of people visiting the site. Blame the net for popularity. Site is private property and police are only doing their job. Personal experience was polite but firm. Would suggest a lookout with a radio. Building is unstable so be very careful. Not a good location to see at night. Local tales say building was closed because of boiler explosion. A "must see" for NJ locations. Paranormal people say building is active. Lots of "orbs" in photos.

flooded towns in PA..again
Posted by EAWV on 4/8/2006, 5:48 pm

I know this has been posted, I just still don't see any info. and I have tried searching the web without much luck. I am really interested in learning more about the towns that were flooded for Lake Raystown and the Kinzua Damn. I know Kinzua was extremely low several years ago and old gas pumps were showing.(I saw the pictures in the newspaper) I also know where there is a part of an old road showing in the water near the boat launch in James Creek in Raystown. Other than that I don't have other knowledge. Anyone know of a great web site or somewhere to go do some exploring?

Re: flooded towns in PA..again
Posted by jimboylan on 4/26/2006, 4:43 pm, in reply to "flooded towns in PA..again"

I posted this before about Raystown:
Check local stores for a "Fishing Map" that purports to show all the old structures where the critters can hide. It reprints the portions of the Geodetic Survey map now covered by the lake.
Interviews with local children about 1982, when the lake was new, brought the news that the Corps of Engineers allowed the former residents to use house moving companies to take the old buildings to high ground. Then all the trees were cut down and blocked the old roads before they were covered with water.
This link, http://historical.maptech.com/ will have older maps. This particular page covers some of the future lake:
http://historical.maptech.com/getImage.cfm?fname=hntn04sw.jpg&state=PA
It's the SouthWest corner of the 1901 Huntingdon, Pa. 15 minute quadrangle map. The village of Aitch in the upper center of the link is actually at the NorthWest shoreline of the lake. The Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad shown in that town is on a slight embankment in a few feet of water. There is no trace of the buildings along the main street on either side of the shoreline, just the top of the railroad embankment, sticking out of the water about 100 feet from shore, depending on the drought or flood conditions. The street is now a boat access ramp!
An 80 foot high hydro-electric dam and powerhouse were built after the above map was drawn. It's now in the modern lake, the top of the old dam is about 160 feet below the present water surface!

Re: flooded towns in PA..again
Posted by EAWV on 5/3/2006, 12:14 pm, in reply to "Re: flooded towns in PA..again"

Thanks for the links!! I really appreciate it!
BAILEY HALL, Katonah, NY
Posted by Jon on 4/9/2006, 6:45 pm
Latest on this abandoned, reportedly haunted mental hospital: some developers are trying to carve the 24-acre property (within walking distance to one of the most beautiful villages in NYS and nearby CT) into two dozen home sites with possibly serious negative impact on the local community and environment. The plan will not fly--most folks in Katonah oppose it.

Re: BAILEY HALL, Katonah, NY
Posted by dobiedots on 6/7/2006, 10:59 am, in reply to "BAILEY HALL, Katonah, NY"

I've run out of things to explore! I thought I'd give Bailey Hall a try since I live right in Somers. I've never heard of Bailey Hall, can you give me an idea of where in Katonah it is? Thank you so much for your assistance!

Re: BAILEY HALL, Katonah, NY
Posted by Michael Maruzzella on 8/10/2006, 9:47 am, in reply to "Re: BAILEY HALL, Katonah, NY"

Hello,
Bailey Hall is the Town Hall in Somers, NY 10589
Built in 1824 it served many functions including a dance hall in the east wing of the hotel. There is a mine north of the Hotel called the Somers prospect pit just before the Crane house on route 100. It a large pit with a mound of tailings at the base of the slope. Follow a dirt road on your left to the Heritage Hills water treatment plant. The mine is behind the small structure and is part of the Brewster magnetite district. In front of the grey stone "Crane" house is a small stone marker used by stagecoaches, it reads '16 miles to Peekskill'. Across the street is a swamp, the site of a Indian village, further north route 100 is Butler Hill the site of an ore processing plant ( now a private residence) and the clove mine. Continue north through the traffic light and bear left on Drewville road, after passing a small restaurant, look to your right for a dirt road - Magnetic Mine Rd. follow the road for about a mile look to your right for a large mound/ hill of dirt. Hike up past the dirt and rocks and walk to your right, you should find a large mining complex which extends to tthe top of the mountain. I grew up in the north end of Somers in the 70's and used to look for abandoned
places in the local area.
See Ya,
Mike

Re: BAILEY HALL, Katonah, NY
Posted by Mike McGrath on 8/16/2006, 7:26 pm, in reply to "Re: BAILEY HALL, Katonah, NY"

Hi Mike,
I was rereading your post about Bailey Hall, I may be mistaken but I think you are referring to the Elephant Hotel in Somers not Bailey Hall which I beleive is loacted on Harris Rd (off of Cherry Street, between Cherry Street and Rte 117) in Katonah.

Railroads in NEPA
Posted by Mike on 5/4/2006, 4:15 am

I have been putting together a website of abandoned railroads in Northeastern PA. Most pages include maps of the area. the site is http://www.nepaview.piczo.com
Mike

Re: Railroads in NEPA
Posted by Luther Wills-Dudich on 5/16/2006, 1:20 pm, in reply to "Railroads in NEPA"

Mike-
Very nice site. It was interesting to see that so much of the Ontario & Western can still be traced after 50 years.
It's a shame about the Mayfield scrapyard equipment,though.
I am guessing it's too far gone to be saved.
-LWWD
new historical video
Posted by Bill on 5/4/2006, 3:32 pm
It's a 45 minute documentary called "The Lost Towns of the Pine Barrens, Vol. I" It investigates the history and mystery of some of the towns that existed in this ecologically unique area of New Jersey and the role they played in the History of the U.S. There are some interesting stories, some legends and it takes the viewer on a "tour" of 7 of these towns, most related to the once thriving bog iron industry.
here's the website http://www.losttownsvideo.com
DVD version available shortly!

areas near lake george???
Posted by lou on 5/8/2006, 11:18 am

i was just wondering if there are any good areas near the lake george or glens falls areas??? if i have to drive a little bit thats cool. all ive been to so far is the saratoga homestead and some house on west mountain that burnt down and all thats left is a stone fireplace and supposedly at night if you look with infrared you can see the ghost of the girl that died in the fire .

Re: areas near lake george???
Posted by Justin on 5/17/2006, 11:06 pm, in reply to "areas near lake george???"

theres a buried witch in a graveyard near me, how do you get to the asylum i want to go there so bad and theres another place near troy thats haunted