Monday, December 7, 2009

Centralia sets from Protocollie and Aaron

We're glad to have these two sets, taken in early and late fall respectively. You might remember Protocollie's Abandoned Turnpike set from a couple months ago, and we're glad to feature more of his work.

Aaron's set has some interesting things we haven't seen before, including a new heart-shaped sign -- this one says it's from Kingston, NY.

Thanks again guys!

If you'd like to see your PA abandonment photos on ForgottenPA, send them in an email to, along with a few words about the location.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Urban Ghosts Media

Here's a site that reminds me a lot of our old buddies at WebUrbanist: a webzine that features urban myth, lifestyle, architecture and -- naturally! -- urban exploration. There's a ton of interesting content and the site layout is about as pleasant as any I've seen. Well worth checking out!

Urban Ghosts Media

Friday, December 4, 2009

Pennsylvania Portal blog

Here's a fascinating blog dedicated to exploring the products that come from right here in Pennsylvania. Some are pretty well-known, like Martin guitars and Yuengling lager (my personal favorite beer!), but there are some real surprises -- Pyrex, for instance, is made in PA; I won't spoil the rest, though. Head over to the Pennsylvania Portal blog, and be prepared to lose an hour or three!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Inside Michter's

So I finally got a hold of the owner the other day and the only time he had to get me in for a tour of the place was today. Here are a few highlights of what is still there!

This is the small warehouse on the site. The sides are leaning, but the owner has stabilized them.
This is a view from the top story (I think there are 6) of the doubler building. The floors are open grate so you can see straight to the bottom.

This is some sort of grain separator in the fermenter/grain building. Still in good shape actually.

Steps leading up to the grain separator and tops of all the silos.

Sweet lookin' old copper piece. Not sure if this is part of the condesing system or not.

View of the column still going the whole way up.

This was where the small barrel-a-day still sat that the tourists got to see. It now resides in Bardstown, Ky.

Inside view of the column still.

Second inside view of the column still.

After going through the column, the whiskey was finished in this large pot still doubler. This is what made the great, unmistakable Michter's flavor.

One of the MASSIVE furnaces with a second in the background.

View of the fermenter tanks through a window.

This is the control board for the pot still and column. No space age electronics here!

Sign on the column still. Pretty much every vat, tank, or manufacturing items has a painted-on label.

This is the beer vat in the basement of the still house. The sour mash came into here before it went into the doubler.
Those are the highlights of the trip. I was surprised at how intact the place is and how good a condition most of it is in.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Follow us on Facebook

I've just created a Facebook page for ForgottenPA -- become a fan! You'll be updated whenever we have a new post, and we will eventually host all our pictures on the Facebook page as well.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I really hate to do it, but we're starting to get spam comments, so I will be adding the word-verification requirement before you can post a comment. Again, I wish we didn't have to do it -- I hate CAPTCHA as much as anyone -- but I don't want the quality of the site to suffer.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Collection for David and Theresa Bayline

On October 31st, 2009, Theresa and David Bayline were killed in a head-on collision on Route 155 near their home in Port Allegany, McKean County. They married on May 2nd.

Theresa was caring, funny, and good to everyone -- family, friends, and neighbors. David was a successful man, and provided Theresa with everything she could want during their short time together.

David's obituary is listed here, Theresa's here.

Donations in their memory have been requested to go to the McKean County SPCA. I'm starting this collection to give people an easy way to contribute through PayPal.

If you enjoy what we do at ForgottenPA, please consider donating. Any contribution is appreciated -- $1 is plenty.

Full disclosure: Theresa was my mother-in-law, but that marriage has since ended. No money will be going to me; 100% of your contribution goes to the McKean County SPCA.

Thanks in advance.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Centralia on WGAL

Our local NBC station WGAL has some pretty good photos from Centralia, both from its boom and the present day. Looks like you can upload your pics there too, so if you've got some, go for it!

Friday, October 9, 2009

We're Back!

After a long series of time constraints, my move upstate, and ongoing pennilessness, Brian and I finally have some new photos of our old favorite town, Centralia. Whatever else this blog becomes, I hope to continue documenting the deterioration of the abandoned stretch of Route 61.

It's been two years, and a lot has changed in town. The "UNDERGROUND MINE FIRE" sign is gone, as well as the green bench and I did not see the street sign at Park and Locust. I was surprised to see windmills on the other side of the mountain, as well! As for the highway, spray-painting has picked up quite a bit, and more importantly, the fissure has widened and spread. For reference, here are a few shots from summer 2007:




Brian took these a couple weeks ago:






Hopefully there will still be an abandoned stretch of 61 in a couple years! Even on the portions where there aren't cracks, the road is much less level than it was back in '07 -- pretty disturbing, now that I think about it, and I think you can see it in the pictures as well.

And while we might not be able to post every week like we did in our heyday, I think we'll have some new explorations coming soon.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Urbandecay on Flickr

We're honored to feature these photos from Urbandecay, a tremendous photographer who has visited some notable PA abandonments, including Bethlehem Steel and the Ashley and St. Nicholas coal breakers.

Urbandecay has hundreds more abandonment photos at his Flickr -- be sure to check it out!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Artist Residency in Wilkes-Barre

I thought our artistically-inclined readers would be interested in Alexis Bhagat's KIELBASY "artist residency," located in Wilkes-Barre. Each project is different, so be sure to check the Kielbasy Reports blog for more info.

I think this is a fantastic project for artists, regardless of location, and I hope we can bring a little more attention to it. If you're interested in participating, be sure to tell them ForgottenPA sent you!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The old W.A.&G. Railroad

These are some photos my wife and I snapped of the remnants of the Wellsville, Addison & Galeton Railroad. The railroad last ran November 7, 1979 and ALL trackage was removed shortly afterwards. Bridges, signs, and buildings were all left to rot.

The southwest facing shot would have been where the massive yard sat. The railroad started as the Buffalo and Susquehanna Railroad. The brick buildings were part of their shops complex that was located here. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad took over the B&S in the early part of the 20th century and operated it until 1954 when "The WAG" railroad took over.

This shows the dilapidated condition of the office building. The bay window allowed the staff to watch incoming and outgoing trains and yard activity.

In the early 70's, a large portion of the original Buffalo and Susquehanna shop complex burned down. This was also the part that service work was being done on equipment. A new facility was built on part of the already abandoned yard to continue work. This is that building, now occupied by a construction company.

A shot of the rear of the office building. It's still full of stuff, but not train stuff, just junk. Not sure who owns it now but it appears no one has done anything inside for many years.

This caboose sits along route 6 just a stone's throw from the old tracks of the WAG. It was once one of their cabooses.

Another shot of one of the windows of the office building. Notice the curved glass window.

Another shot showing the front. Birds were flying in and out of holes in the roof.

The last shot is of the WAG bridge over Pine Creek in Watrous, PA There are still railroad ties on the bridge, but no rails. The bridge itself appears to be in very good condition.

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