Thursday, December 12, 2013

The State of the Game

What's new, Pennsylvania? As you can tell, we haven't been doing a whole lot of exploring lately -- we're farther apart and have less free time than ever. It's been over five years since we started blogging our journey across this side of the Susquehanna, and the places we've come to know and love have gone through a lot of changes in that span. Here are a few of the big changes:

The town that started it all for us has continued to suffer, until recently. John Lokitis, the well-known youngest man still living there when we first visited, has been evicted and seen his home destroyed. But for the eight remaining residents, some good news emerged this year: After some legal back-and-forth, a lawsuit filed by the residents was settled this Halloween; they received a cash payout of nearly $350,000 and permission to remain in their homes for the rest of their lives.

The Huber breaker, also known as the Ashley or Blue Coal breaker, has not fared so well. A Philadelphia trucking company purchased the property in October, along with 26 acres of land. While there is not a timetable for demolition of the breaker, it seems like the only likely outcome of the purchase.

Some very positive developments in the preservation of Frick's Lock, we're happy to report. This past spring, the village was rehabilitated and tours were given through the once-forbidden town in October (a big month, it seems, for abandoned places in PA). No doubt the more thrill-seeking explorers will lament the boarding up of some truly compelling houses, but I think it's a great story of a combined public-private effort to save a piece of Pennsylvania history that, when we explored it, looked all but lost to decay. Exelon deserves credit for this one.


So what's going on with Linfield, you might be asking? Or Concrete City, or Pizza World? Stay tuned, we'll be revisiting these popular urban exploration sites soon!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Guest post on Outta the Way!

The guys at Outta the Way! were awesome enough to invite the ForgottenPA crew to write up a guest blog for National Sharing Month. Since they haven't yet been to Concrete City, Steve (aka Al) wrote up a recollection of that trip, almost four years on.

Read it here!

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Linfield Revisited.

I was able to meet up with an ex-employee of the massive Continental Distillery in Linfield, PA today and take a tour of the site. Needless to say, it makes Michter's look like a tiny drop of water in a lake. Here's a link to my personal blog with a few photos from today. If you have any questions, post them up and I'll try to get an answer for you!

A huge thanks to Dave for taking us through!

Continental Distillery

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Created by Al Ebaster in 2007 after a trip to Centralia, ForgottenPA has become one of Pennsylvania's most popular urban-exploration websites. Brian is our photographer, and we're happy to have Ethan Smith, aka Bluecapriethan in the comment sections, on board as an author and photographer as well.

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