Saturday, October 20, 2007

Ghost Suburb and a Random Abandoned Building

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We first found out about this from the guys at Rural Exploration -- a mess of modern homes bought up by the nearby Lehigh Valley International Airport. The airport has had a long history of buying land almost excessively, leaving the remaining homeowners wary of putting any work into their houses.

I can't recall how long it took us to get here. We got lost on every major step of the trip, starting with my directions bringing us all the way to the New Jersey border. It got worse from there. After we finally found 987, we were going the wrong way. We made it to Airport Road, and we saw a sign for Race Street. According to my directions, if we kept going on Airport Road, it would become East Race Street. Didn't happen. Turn around, get on Race Street, and miss the road we were looking for. Turn around, go down the road, and finally, we saw them.

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The pictures were pretty terrible -- my work, natch. The best house, modern but crusted with dirt, sheer curtains blowing in the opened windows, escaped our camera.

Trespassing was out of the question here. The road was busy, the air traffic tower loomed on the horizon, and we assume the airport is pretty mean. If it's willing to kick out dozens of people from their homes, it's probably happy to prosecute simple trespassers.

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On the way home, we found something almost as good as the LVIA ghost suburb -- a mysterious, random abandoned building.

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The doors on this place were pretty entertaining. The side door's sign read "DANGER: Use front door." OK, we'll gladly use the front door! Except the front door had its own sign: "DANGER: Construction area." We're not sure just when "construction" stopped, but it has yet to start up again.

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Corn fields. It's finally starting to look (and feel) like October.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Yet Another Centralia Trip

Like every ghost town, Centralia is slowly falling apart. Even today, it wasn't the place it was when we first visited in July -- old 61 is much worse now. The fissures have gotten wider, dozens of new cracks have shown up, even in the median, and the entire left lane is starting to collapse.

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That row home, Joe Moyer's residence until his death in 2004, was destroyed this summer. Fortunately, we got a few pictures of it on our first Centralia trip.

It's surreal and depressing. Centralia's fate was sealed a long time ago, but I love the place and wish it weren't being destroyed like this.

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About ForgottenPA

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.

We're always accepting photo submissions! Email your photos to spampoet0023@gmail.com, with a few words about where and when they were taken.

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