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USA Wrigley's Gum Factory Sept 2015

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I like many kinds of abandoned locations - churches, schools, hospitals - all the usual stuff. However nothing gets me going quite like abandoned industry, so when I was confronted with the old Wrigley's Gum factory I pretty much had a happy trouser accident - a simply enormous monolith of a factory spread over nine sprawling floors. Not having seen any photos of the place before I didn't know what to expect, and once inside I was in my element. I spent a large amount of time wandering around the huge place on my own, away from the other six in our group. Way more than I normally explore with and they were busy getting in everyone's shots (hence the reason we tagged the weekend the 'you're in my shot tour') so I quite enjoyed the peace and quiet and taking it at my own pace. Come to think of it, I explored a lot of the locations on my trip over on my own away from the groups I was with and I have to say it did wonders for my confidence.

The old Wrigley's factory closed in 2003 when the brand new factory was built and opened nearby. It sits on a huge parcel of land and has had a 'sold' sign outside it for a while now but nothing has been done.

It is also notable as by far and away the nicest smelling explore I have ever done - the majority of the factory has a very strong odour of Spearmint, and congealed on the floors are big pools of glucose and other raw gum making materials, which makes some floors incredibly sticky and other floors almost spongey. I loved this place, it's right up there with my favourite factories I have explored. I could of quite happily spent the entire day in there but we had other places to be.

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Some peely paint there mate :)

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That's one of my favourite aspects of explores in America. They used so much lead-based paint, especially in factories, which has a tendency to peel off in big long chunks so you can see some truly awesome peely paint goodness in a lot of places :o

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