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HISTORY wiki text: Riverside Amusement Park was an amusement park in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA from 1903 to 1970. Originating as a joint venture between engineer/amusement park developer Frederick Ingersoll and Indianapolis businessmen J. Clyde Power, Albert Lieber, and Bert Fiebleman and Emmett Johnson, the park was built by Ingersoll's Pittsburgh Construction Company adjacent to Riverside City Park at West 30th Street between White River and the Central Canal in the Riverside subdivision of Indianapolis. The decade of the 1960s was not a kind one for Riverside Amusement Park, which was losing attendance for the first time since the end of World War II. By the time John Coleman lifted the "whites only" policy (in response to a series of protests organized by the NAACP Youth Council in 1963), the park was losing $30,000 a year. Increased cost of insurance, maintenance, and new rides, coupled with increased competition from the emerging theme parks, were cited by Coleman as the park closed for the last time at the end of the 1970 season. All the rides were sold or demolished by 1978. The land lay undisturbed for more than two decades, until the construction of the River's Edge subdivision in the early 2000s. =========================================================================================================================================== STORY In 1979 my buddies and I heard that they were getting ready to bulldoze the site of the long defunct Riverside Amusement Park in Indianapolis so we decided to drive by to get a final look. When we got there we were amazed to find easy access to the grounds. With my trusty Practica LLC at hand we ventured within and explored for several minutes until we came to the stark realization that this neglected plot of land had become the home to countless wild dogs. Picking up debris for clubs we beat a hasty retreat (pausing of course for a commemorative selfie.) The pictures were taken on 35mm slide film... Back in 2005 I came across the slides and crapily scanned them using a junky flat-bed scanner and used those images to create the Animated GIF below to send cross country via email to one of the krew. If there is a prize for worst images on OS these would surely take it - but even in this 'State' they trigger memories of that adventure; so in that they are still doing their job... Impressionists Views of Riverside Amusement Park (circa 1979) I opened this GIF and extracted the individual images and tried to enhance them to some degree. I then repackaged thumbnails of these into a fresh GIF that is marginally more effective than the original. (shown at end of report) Ticket Booth Shoot 25¢ From Inside Ring-Toss Main Attraction The Weed-lined Path Wheee! Domed (Doomed) Skating Rink Three scared cats in a dog park! (that's me on the right rockin' the Frampton 'do) Take Two If I ever come across the original transparencies again I will have to get some proper enlargements made.
Fifth Urbex Anniversary, Thanks for the Memories -Pic Heavy- (mod note: This has been cut up into 4 parts) Firstly I am SO sorry about the image count but this thread really means a lot to me and it’s been emotional writing it as it has brought up so many memories, good ones, and bad ones with tales of woe that the urbex itself helped me overcome. - Well I am glad I am writing this report up. First of all I am not egotistical, just very nostalgic. I am by far not an elitist explorer but I can definitely say I have been the Aylesbury and perhaps even Bucks Explorer; usually quite quick at reporting on sites before they are gone. Taking all into account, please accept this “blog” as you will. I haven’t been as active as many, only covering 100 or more places over the years, but I am glad to mark my fifth urbex anniversary this Sunday (16/02), having gone from a curious “fence looker” and armchair explorer, (my passion sparked by the 1992 film “Trespass” and also certain areas on past GTA games, as well as having had an interest for as long as I can remember in derelicts.) to 100+ sites under my belt including Chernobyl and a lot around Wales and the North of England. I am proud of what I have achieved and where I have been and hope to get some European sites under my belt soon. I won’t bore you with a photo from every site I've been too, but choose a vast number to contrast the years (sorry to those forums with a limit but I feel so nostalgic right now). Maybe I have started a trend, everyone on their 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 etc urbex anniversary can make an oversized thread; I’d be interested in seeing other peoples milestones in time. So let it buffer and have a flick! First Urbex 16/02/09 #1 My first ever urbex location, the one that kicked it off. The BOCM Research Development Farm which is now a Nursing Home. Visited first with two friends then back again on my tod. Feb 2009, this is my first ever urbex; starting with the first photo: #2 #3 http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/3861095461/in/set-72157621366504561 Before the “selling out to the Daily Mail” days, I innocently made a local interest report back in the day as the site was a total derp. This was in our local rag. The biggest pile of derp known to man but everyone has to have a first! I revisited with a new camera in August 2009 and did a massive historical report on my first ever site. Some interesting things actually happened here which have paved the way for modern meat and egg production but the site is a derp!!! Milestone Two My second Milestone would be April 2009, my first proper building. Chesham Cottage Hospital, once again I revisited in August of that year and re-reported. #4 Crappy April shot #5 August Shot #6 Milestone Three I guess my third milestone was my next explore which I royally screwed up photo wise but showed the community Aylesburys most photographed urbex. The old cinema. Again, I visited here in August 2009 to re-shoot. #7 #8 This is April Style! #9 August Style #10 #11 Cant forget my most visited site ever, The Water Eaton Grain Silo #12 #13 #14 Milestone Four First out of home turf explore and first London Explore, Unisys. #15 #16 #17 For me the next two years were amazing urbex wise, in my eyes anyway, 2009 and 10 were pretty good and 11 started well but went on a decline into 2012, so here is a few choice photos from 09-14 in order of date #18 #19 #20 #21 #21 #22 #23 #24 #25 On to 2010 #26 #27 #29 #30
GT Manor is one of those places that i dream about seeing..they dont come up very often but when they do i realise even more why i love exploring all these places we share such a facination with...The have been some lovely reports latley about this place so i have decided to share this report with you the way i see it through my eyes...The beauty and graditure of such a grand house which was obviously a very much loved family house at some point in time....and within its walls lay so many treasures and memories.. hope you enjoy my pics...