Gasworks Park is a very well known feature of Seattle, in the Wallingford neighborhood. The park was originally owned by Seattle Gas Light Company, as a coal gasification factory. From Wikipedia: “Gas Works park contains remnants of the sole remaining coal gasification plant in the United States. The plant operated from 1906 to 1956, and was […]Read more "Shooting Around Gasworks Park"
I passed through Hammond, MT in May 2015, on the way to a wedding in Michigan. Hammond is an unincorporated area in southeast Montana, on the 212 from Broadus to Wyoming. The “town” consists of three abandoned ruins decaying in the hot sun and prairie winds, and one brand new post office that seems startlingly […]Read more "Ghost Town: Hammond, Montana"
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.Read more "Abandoned House: Recession Home"
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"
This post under construction. Endicott Fortifications By the end of the 19th century, America was emerging as a global power. Flush with victory from the Spanish-American War and the new possessions of Cuba and the Philippines, American officials began to worry about the attention this newfound influence would bring from the great European empires. In […]Read more "Endicott Foritifactions in the NW."