Glenview, Kentucky, is located just east of downtown Louisville. What serves today as a post office was actually once the town's interurban trainstation. It has been carefully preserved, keeping its unique character and old-style charm
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Located in Hardin County, Kentucky, this old concrete span was abandoned and bypassed in the late 1980s. While in very good shape, it was replaced because its a one-lane bridge in a rather grown up area. US 62 runs through nearby Elizabethtown, and having a bottleneck like this in the area simply wasn't an option.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Perhaps the smallest building in downtown Louisville, this barely noticed structure on Armory Place is actually a valve house. Owned by LG&E, it is must older than any near it. Join us today as we peak into it....
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Located just off US 62 in Charlestown, Indiana, the abandoned Barnett Cemetery is on the grounds of the old Indiana Army Ammunition Plant. The stones are all quite old and detailed, but the most notable feature of the cemetery is its stone wall. Join us today as we examine it in more detail.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Something of a local icon, this fiberglass triceratops has been in Louisville, Kentucky, for decades. Property of the science center, it is currently in the parking lot of a factory in the downtown area. It is still owned by the Louisville Science Center, but its future and conservation is unclear. Join us as we explore some of its history.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Located in Oldham County, Kentucky, this old stone arch bridge dates back to 1900. It was bypassed and replaced in 1967, and today crumbles slowly off to the side of the road. While one side of the bridge has completely washed away, the arch itself is still intact. Join us today as well look at this neat landmark.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
La Grange, Kentucky, is an interesting small town. Like many small towns in the region, the town square is built around the railroad tracks that run through the town. Somewhat uniquely, the tracks in La Grange actually run right down the middle of Main Street. Building on this heritage, the town features the motto "We're on track" in several places. Join us today as we look at their restored railroad depot and museum.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Abandoned in the woods of Indiana, this unusual dome-shaped cabin is all that remains of a once-active campsite. Follow along with us as we explore this neat, but ruined building.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Located near Milltown, Indiana, this creepy old tree covered in shoes is a local landmark of sorts. Join along as we check it out with this interesting photo set.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Located in Madison, Indiana, these brick shell is all that remains of an old Elks Lodge. A victim of apparent arson, it burned down on August 25, 2006. After several years of stunted repair efforts, it sits in ruins in the heart of the city. This is what we saw on a recent visit.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Hidden behind the Hobbs Memorial Chapel in Anchorage, Kentucky, the Hobbs Cemetery is quite difficult to find if you don't know where to look. Join us today as we explore it.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Located near Frankfort, Kentucky, this old bridge crossing Benson Creek was built in 1896. Bypassed by a new bridge in 1980, it has been abandoned to the elements and is slowly decaying alongside Devil's Hollow Road. Join us today as we check out this neat old structure.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
We don't really have much information on this house, so we will let the pictures speak for themselves. Located in Clarksville, in Clark County, Indiana, this house has clearly seen better days. Its in such bad shape, that I initially thought that it was a barn. Everything is fleeting.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Located north of Charlestown, Indiana, these ruins are all that remain of the historic Tunnel Mill. Now a national historic place and Boy Scout Camp, conservation efforts are finally underway. Follow along with us as we explore this neat and unusual piece of local history.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Located in Jeffersonville, Indiana, this orphaned building is all that remains of a once bustling depot area. Recently restored, it is in lovely shape and shows off what can be done when conservation and preservation are a community's objectives.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Located in Harrison County, Indiana, this is the old abandoned Circle Road Bridge. It was replaced in 2002, though apparently left just as it was. We checked it out on a recent trip through the area.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Anchorage, Kentucky, is located in the eastern part of Jefferson County. Largely hidden from view, the Hobbs Memorial Chapel is all that remains of a beautiful church that burned down in the 1954. It has since been conserved, but not restored. Join us as today we examine this unusual locale.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
On a recent drive through the country, we stumbled past this lovely house. Its a bit of a fixer-upper, needing some paint here and there. Most people would drive right by, never stopping. We decided otherwise, and this is what we found....
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Located in downtown Louisville, this Amtrak car is hidden amongst vines and industrial buildings. Little known, it has been preserved and converted into office space, invisible to those who don't know where to look.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
|Igloo 5186 Q, sibling of the now missing Igloo 5185 Q.|
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Located in downtown Shelbyville, Kentucky, this abandoned bridge is hidden amidst trees and terrain. Hiding with it is a strange secret, that it is unlike any other bridge in the state of Kentucky. How so? Its a relic of World War Two, a portable Bailey Bridge, designed to be installed by combat engineers in the middle of a battle. How it got here is unclear, but it doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
|Memorial, along with two flag poles. The monument weighs more than ten tons.|
Installed in October 2012 along the waterfront in Jeffersonville, Indiana, this is probably one of the first permanent public commemorations of America's recent wars. How a society remembers its conflicts is an interesting subject, one we can only scratch the surface of here. Early war memorials focus largely on largess, with themes of glory and patriotism. More recently, a toned down scheme has taken over, with the goal being reflection upon those who served. Regardless, here is a photo spread of this interesting memorial along the river.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Louisville has several claims to fame, most involving athletics. An outlier, perhaps, is Louisville's pride in its iron front buildings along main street. Much effort is put into preserving them, even if that means that only their facades survive, as is the case along part of West Main Street. Join us today as we look at these strange structures.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Monday, September 2, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Largely forgotten in the woods of rural Indiana, the Great Pyramid of Bedford-Needmore is a monument to poor planning coupled with government spending. Little more than a disorganized pile of stones, this is all that remains of $700,000.00 effort to build a limestone "amusement park" near the so-called Limestone Capital of America, Bedford Indiana.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Located in Bardstown, Kentucky, the historic Anatok plantation house was built in 1847. By the time you read these words and see the pictures that follow, it may have been torn down. These are photos of its final days, waiting as the wrecking crew guts it, tearing it down, brick by brick. If the current court order is pulled, the house will again face demolition.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Built in 1905, the Frankel Memorial Chapel was located in the rear of the Adath Israel cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. After years of apparent neglect, the roof of the building collapsed during sort of repair attempt in the summer of 2012. The debris has all been removed, perhaps for recovery and reuse, but the building itself is still little more than a shell despite the passage of almost a year.
Monday, August 5, 2013
We've been to a lot of interesting and strange places while working on this site, most of which were notable only for what we saw. These abandoned storage units, on the other hand, were truly scary to wander through. It felt like a creepy movie; every door, every aisleway. This is what we saw that day.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Located in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, the old Modern Living furniture store building has long been a local fixture of the area. Long since abandoned, the former storefront building has been turned into a warehouse.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Located in Charlestown, Indiana, on the grounds of the old Indiana Army Ammunition Plant (INAAP), these strange ghostly shells are all that remain of the buildings where gunpowder was loaded into fabric bags.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
We stumbled upon this abandoned drive-in in the backwoods of rural Indiana. Only the main building consisting of a snack bar, restroom and projection room remained, but to our surprise it was full of interesting artifacts from an age of Americana long gone. In this post we'll first take a brief look at the rise and fall of America's drive-in theaters, and then check out what we found inside this particular facility. Stay tuned and read on.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Joining Harrison and Crawford counties, Breeden's bridge is located near the town of Leavenworth, Indiana, crossing over the Blue River as it winds towards the Ohio River. Abandoned since the mid 1980s, its rusty skeleton provides an interesting backdrop to a popular swimming spot for locals.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
Crumbling in western Louisville, the abandoned Ouerbacker Mansion is one of the most at risk architectural treasures in the region. Built in the 1860s, this building is on the few remaining local examples of the Richardsonian Romanesque style.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Over the stream of Silver Creek near Floyd County's Loop Island a pair of abandoned railroad bridges sit vacant and until recently were mostly forgotten. The two bridges were one of my favorite areas to explore in Floyd County, but are now set to be turned into "rails-to-trails" incorporated into the Ohio River Greenway Project. The bridges were dangerous to cross, and still are, but were close enough to each other to make a nice afternoon adventure.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Abandoned but largely intact, this old building in Leavenworth, Indiana was the valve control house for the now demolished Dam 44. Built to withstand flooding and hard use, this structure has survived nearly forty years of neglect.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Located near the intersection of 9th and Chestnut Streets in downtown Louisville, this abandoned Gothic Revival church most recently housed the Quinn Chapel African American Methodist Episcopal Church. Today it sits empty, decaying near two of the city's busiest streets, rarely noticed except by the occasional passersby. But, it wasn't always so...
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
At one time, Louisville Kentucky was a thriving industrial town. Even today, there is a fair amount of manufacturing capacity scattered throughout the town. But like all towns in the rust belt, abandoned factories are scattered throughout its boundaries, like headstones in some industrial-age graveyard. The set of ruins that we are examining in the photo set are of an unknown origin, but like many others we've seen lately, they are on their way out.
Friday, June 14, 2013
The old Sulphur-Bedford Road bridge was built in 1901 next to a mill dam and was used until its closure in 1999. A new concrete bridge has been built since the closure, but the iron truss bridge still sits there on the Little Kentucky River next to the old dam. The bridge's narrow wooden deck, which was later covered in asphalt, is now deteriorating without maintenance. Even though 14 years is a relatively short period of abandonment in comparison to some other locations we've visited, the use of this bridge well beyond its intended lifespan gives it the appearance that its abandonment has been much longer.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Every Memorial Day the Fort Knox military base opens up their restricted areas for several hours to civilians to have access to the over one hundred cemeteries on the post. While the primary purpose of our trip was to check out the cemeteries, we ran across quite a few of these abandoned tanks along the sides of the road while we were driving.
While most of the public is familiar with Fort Knox as the location where the U.S. Treasury has their bullion depositary guarded, it is also a military base that housed the Armor School up until 2010. The road we were driving was right on the border of the area used for artillery and armor fire, which explains why the tanks were close by. While many of the tanks we passed did have more extensive damage, indicating they may have been used as hard targets, these tanks didn't display any signs that they were on the firing line. These tanks may have been used in recovery exercises, or their time may have never came to be used as targets.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Cigarette maker Philip Morris closed its production operations in Louisville in 1999. After more than a decade of disrepair and abandonment, the city has decided to raze the final remaining structures on the site. Updated 10/24/13 with more photos.