Sunset tour of a “crash” house, left abandoned following the 2008 market crash. The house was once a nice little family home but it’s been abused by vandals, stripped by metal thieves, and left a sad, silent carcass.
My expectations of Holland are entirely based on WWII movies and tourist-trap towns like Lynden and La Conner… I’m certain that the entire country is just tulips, windmills, and blonde women in wooden shoes milking black and white cows.Read more "Skagit Tulip Festival 2015"
Hanford is infamous in Washington as an ecological and radiological nightmare: the facility was built rapidly with little environmental concerns during the height of WWII, with the intent of being taken offline soon after the war concluded. The immediate jump into the Cold War kept the reactor online, producing tons of plutonium for thousands of nuclear weapons as the Red Scare and arms race escalated.Read more "Nuclear History: Exploring Hanford’s B-Reactor."
Atop a small hill outside of Junction City and Ft. Riley, Kansas, sits a piece of American atomic oddity. The now quietly rusting cannon represents a strange period of the Atomic Era, a time in the early 1950s before nuclear missiles when bombers and artillery still reigned supreme instruments of strategic battle. My fascination with […]Read more "Abandoned Atomica: Kansas Nuclear Cannon."
Semiahmoo spit lies just west of Blaine, in the northernmost tip of Washington state. The two are separated by only a few hundred meters of navigable water, yet this channel into Drayton Harbor has defined the towns as different entities since land was first broke around 1858. The spit is about 125 acres of land […]Read more "Semiahmoo: Semi-Ghost Town within a Resort."
There is a feeling that often accompanies ghost towns and abandoned places: a forlorn sadness, emptiness as though the buildings themselves passed away after their humans disappeared. It is as though these dwellings carry a spirit within them that longs for human occupation, like a pet without its master or a grandparent who must come to terms with their existence in final years being memory of what they once were until time finally takes its toll and they pass from the moment, the here and now, into the then and never again. Sometimes these buildings seem to awaken when humans come to visit, elated to once again have a purpose and a family, to be warm and protective like a hen sheltering her chicks. Sometimes, they are indifferent, knowing too well that your presence is fleeting; within moments you will disappear and leave them once again alone, just like all the others did. And sometimes the buildings are hostile, lashing out at the visitors as trespassers while making clear that your presence is unwelcome.Read more "Bannack: Montana Ghost Town"