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  1. mookster

    E.J. Footwear Sept 2015

    I'm coming to the tail end of the explores from my trip now, with just two more large locations to post up after this and a little compilation thread of the smaller ones I didn't get enough photos of. E.J. Footwear, once known as the Endicott-Johnson Corporation after two of the cities in which...
  2. mookster

    The Golfer's Retreat Country Club Sept 2015

    This place was the biggest surprise of my trip, far exceeding my expectations. It's weird how half the site is heavily decayed but the other half looks as if it was vacated yesterday, it's location on a busy road and on a live golf course has helped it remain very intact. Once we had negotiated...
  3. mookster

    Nursing Home Hotel Sept 2015

    This is somewhat of a peculiar one! When this huge building was constructed in the middle of the 20th Century it began it's life as a hotel, in a great location by a beautiful river. As time went on and the fortunes of the city changed, the hotel business dried up due to declining clientele and...
  4. mookster

    Titchener's Wire Works Sept 2015

    I don't think this place has had widespread exposure even on American explore sites before, it's kind of in an area which is often overlooked as far as explores go with almost nobody local on the scene. Titchener's is a large iron works company still operational in upstate New York to this day...
  5. mookster

    St. Mary's Manor Nursing Home Sept 2015

    Finally moving away from the midwest I headed back east on the long slow train to my friends in upstate New York. Because of a certain police encounter my friend had a couple of months back he is currently unable to get up to any mischief in his home county so he introduced me to a couple of his...
  6. mookster

    Horace Norton Elementary School Sept 2015

    I am finally at the last location visited on the epic 'you're in my shot tour' held on my first weekend of my stay. So many laughs and good times with great friends old and new in mostly glorious weather, with nine locations nailed. Horace Norton Elementary School has kind of flown under the...
  7. mookster

    Rubble Church Sept 2015

    My American adventure rumbles on...and boy does this place have a story! The day I arrived in America, my cohorts for the first weekend were already exploring Gary and noted down this place as they were driving past. The time came for us to venture back to Gary as a big group and this one was...
  8. mookster

    Parry-Shaw Apartment Complex Sept 2015

    Gary is littered with thousands of abandoned houses and empty lots where they once stood, as well as a few larger apartment complexes in the downtown area. Sandwiched between an equally large closed shop/office building and the remains of a car dealership which still displays a fantastic metal...
  9. mookster

    Horace Mann High School Sept 2015

    Much like my post on Grossinger's Resort from my first trip over, this is going to be quite text and photo heavy as it's one of those places which I had wanted to see for so long, and which really piqued my interest. Horace Mann High School in Gary, Indiana is the city's largest derelict school...
  10. mookster

    Damen Silos, Chicago Sept 2015

    I will preface this by saying this place is ruined, and normally I wouldn't go all the way over to America for something as ruined. However the one deciding factor for me was outside - perfectly framed between the two huge grain elevators/silos is a stunning view of the downtown Chicago skyline...
  11. mookster

    Wrigley's Gum Factory Sept 2015

    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...
  12. mookster

    Big Blue Church Sept 2015

    I am back from my third set of misadventures over the large pond. A few weeks full of plenty of ups, downs, arounds and arounds involving narrowly avoiding getting arrested twice, encounters with local pastors, taggers and the smashy crew, dropping my camera, avoiding golfists, making random...
  13. mookster

    An Abundance of American Abandonments - March 2015

    I am finally at the end of my American adventure photos, I posted up the larger sites separately and as a bonus, here is a bumper pack of the places I explored where I either didn't get enough photos to warrant a thread of their own, or weren't worthy of their own thread for whatever other...
  14. mookster

    Paramount Theater - March 2015

    I was originally going to post this in my 'mixed bag' thread coming up as I only got a few usable photos, but looking back on it it was such a memorable explore and so few people have done it I feel it deserves it's own place in the spotlight. The Paramount Theater in Newark, New Jersey was...
  15. mookster

    Portside Grain Elevator aka 'The Motherload' - March 2015

    ...or to give it it's proper title, the 'Holy f**king s**t this is epic' Grain Elevator. After finding the most unassuming but amazing breakfast spot ever where I ate possibly the best toasted bacon and egg breakfast sandwich I have ever eaten I knew that it was going to be a good day. This...
  16. mookster

    Roebuck Plantation House - March 2015

    I have been itching to share this place with everyone, so much that I have been trying my hardest to not rush through the rest of the places just to get to it sooner! I rarely fall in love with places, but this place totally captured my heart. I thought I wouldn't see somewhere I liked more than...
  17. mookster

    Mountain View Hotel - March 2015

    Not far from the fabulous little power plant and overlooking the same river sits a rather large imposing hotel. My mate had spotted this from the air whilst scoping out the power plant on Google maps and thought it looked abandoned so did some more digging and found out it was 'closed...
  18. mookster

    The Littlest Hydro-electric Power Plant - USA - March 2015

    Sometimes the best things do come in small packages, such is the case here... Nestled on the banks of a river deep in rural 'old town America' in a historic town straight out of the early 1800s sits a proper little gem. This small power plant was constructed in 1899 originally as part of an...
  19. mookster

    Ivy Hill Psychiatric Center - March 2015

    I finally cracked it. Since the beginning of last year, when I first began seriously looking into and researching abandonments in the United States, I was in awe at the sheer number of derelict hospitals and asylums that littered the country. Think back to our own 'age of asylums' that lasted...
  20. mookster

    White Star Mansion - March 2015

    All credit for finding this goes to my friend I made shortly before my trip out, we decided to meet up and explore together and at some point along the way he mentioned he had spotted an until this point unexplored mansion whilst heading to a pet store (or something like that). So with the...