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I haven't forgotten about this site or abandoned it. Life has been keeping me too occupied to post much.

Here's a preview of an exploration taken this summer. Many more to follow!

The little shack on the cliff
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While recovering data and photos from a dead external drive I found a few sets needing to be re-edited and uploaded.

Winter 2011 - Decatur, AL

Driving the back roads between Huntsville and Florence, my wife and I saw this 1950's era farm house. Despite the storms and tornadoes that frequent the region, this little brick house seemed to have been much loved. It sat forlorn on the side of a busy highway in the February chill. Road improvements cut off the driveway and raised the roadbed nearly 2 feet (.6 meters), so I had to park my vehicle a little ways from it and walk in.

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Over the fields and into the past.. )
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Sorry folks, I would have posted these photos almost two weeks ago, but I got called away on a very short notice business trip. That also why several moderated posts didn’t get approved till this morning.

Location #3 – The Swift Meat Packing Complex
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It was hard to find a wall or surface that didn’t have a fresh coat of paint. If anything, as discouraged as it should be, the paint sealed walls were actually better preserved and wear was limited in those areas. That said tagging is a felony in some areas.

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Abandoned Places – Fort Worth, TX (Dec 12) – part 3

By the 1960’s, the Swift Fort Worth plant had already suffered through several major strikes and the site was in need of major modernization. The former Armour Meat Plant to the north of this complex was already closed as ranchers increasingly moved their herds to smaller markets by truck and smaller local railheads. The Swift Company had also diversified substantially into soap, transportation (they owned Greyhound Bus Company) and even insurance. In 1963-4, Swift began the process of shutting down the plant. As has been said, now the former complex is like a small ghost town tucked into the heart of Fort Worth.

Location #3 – The Swift Meat Packing Complex

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Abandoned Places – Fort Worth, TX (Dec 12) – part 3

There are limited advantages to going on an abandoned site hunt on a weekday. People are at work, traffic is greater and the risk of being seen at some sites is much higher. Going to a location adjacent to one of Fort Worth’s biggest entertainment and tourist draws on a weekday worked beautifully. Being the dead of winter helped too but as mentioned, it really wasn’t cold.

Ft Worth was built as a cattle town. The stockyards and slaughterhouses processed millions of cattle and was on of the primary point that ranchers and cowboys would bring their products to market for the southwest. There were over 20 slaughterhouses and meat packing plants in and around the stockyards, but by the 1920’s Armour Meats and Swift Meat Company were the biggest and most influential.

Location #3 – The Swift Meat Packing Complex
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In it’s heyday, the Ft Worth Swift plant was the company’s second largest operation (Chicago was the largest). To the north of the complex was it’s biggest rival, Armour and Company. In the 1950’s that dramatically changed when Swift bought Armour’s meat business.

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On that warmer than expected afternoon progressed, my companion and I started wandering north through downtown Fort Worth. Warmer than average was probably a misnomer; because it was in the upper-60’s and pleasant… in mid December. The next place we found was unexpected but worth a quick walk around. The Ellis Bros Pecan Company was one of Texas’ premiere nut vendors. Their warehouse was along the same train sidings and spurs that handled cargo, cattle and such heading ‘back east.’

Location #2 – Ellis Pecan Co
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This building has a remarkable history I never would have imagined:
http://www.fortwortharchitecture.com/north/ellispecan.htm . For me it’s a rare thing to give out a location, but this site is scheduled to be renovated and it was also VERY securely locked up. This is a Texas historical site and situated amidst a number of very active businesses.

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Last winter, I went to Ft. Worth to visit a dear friend and do an extended modeling shoot with her. While I was visiting this amazing lady, she indulged my passion for abandoned sites. Given Ft. Worth’s history as a gateway to the old west and its slow change from a blue collar meat packing town to a technology and manufacturing center; I knew there had to be some cool site. I researched a few places, on-line, checked several community & photo blogs and asked her for ideas of things she’d seen. The results for a day’s wander were exceptional.

Location #1 – Downtown
Fort Worth grew for up as a cow town and the rail hub. Cattle were shipped east to a hungry nation and goods were shipped west to build the growing communities on the frontier. Times change and the transportation hub shifted away from downtown leaving this monument to those days.

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Texas Express Company AKA The Texas and Pacific Freight Terminal

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I was researching a photo article I wanted to offer to several publications including Alabama A&M (University). The article focused on a little known abandoned gem lying in the heart of downtown Huntsville. In the winter of 2011, I managed to get a guided tour of Huntsville’s former segregated African American high school. William H. Councill was the founder and first president of what became Alabama A&M (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama_Agricultural_and_Mechanical_University) in 1890. Councill, a former slave, rose to become a lawyer, newspaper editor, legislator and Alabama Supreme Court Justice. He was without doubt one of the rare cases of success in the Jim Crow era.

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It seems appropriate then that the US Martin Luther King Jr holiday (and several days after), I offer some images of the high school building named in his honor.

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Last year when the tornadoes blew us out of the house and on the road, we visited family in central Alabama. Within walking distance of the house was this gem. Constructed in the 1930’s, the Calera School was the combined elementary and secondary school for farming community.

The complex is now in a state of arrested decay. The main building has been used most recently as a haunted house attraction and municipal storage. Adjacent to the brick and mortar building is a large two room school house, which was moved to this site for renovation. Plans for that seemed to be on hold for a while.

School's out for-ever )
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I wanted to get this set finished before this weekend. I'll be in Atlanta presenting on Abandoned Site Photography for the third year at Frolicon on Saturday (4/7/12).

The remaining two sites my kids and I went to that day back in 2008 were much older but increasingly battered. The desert was actively wearing them down as evidenced by the rapidly increasing winds around us that day. The 3rd house was rapidly decaying. The 4th showed signs of ‘recent’ use, but in the desert, recent is a relative term.

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Here’s a blast from the past. In April 2008, I did several wanders into the desert around Lancaster with my kids. I recently recovered these images from a storage drive that failed.

These would be some of my last Southern California explorations before moving to the wilds of Northern Alabama. We explored 3 sites on this trip before the winds came up so strongly that they created a dust storm. The houses were all within sight of each other but not part of the same farm. In each case, they appear to have been departed in haste (foreclosed).

Lost Horizons… [19 behind the cut] )
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A few years ago on a family visit, we stopped for gas at a station along the interstate highway. Across the street, was this derelict. It appears to have been closed for at least five years or more but because it was across the street from the 24 hour, super station, it hadn’t been vandalized.

The great American driving experience [10 behind the cut] )
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As mentioned yesterday, I was able to put together another abandoned site hunt today. It was an epic win. This time I brought along our friend Amy and her friend Kim. Lots of pics and some great finds.
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Yesterday, my son and I went on an abandoned site hunt. Even with the shoulder not at 100% we needed to get out of the house and be a bit less stir-crazed. I went back over several leads I've accumulated or places I'd seen off the side of the road decided on a routing to the west of town. We loaded the car, started the ignition and the satellite radio came up playing Incubus - "Dig." I sat there in stunned disbelief at the song that played during so many of my explorations in Southern California with Angie and the kids. Even Chris looked a bit surprised as the connection was made. Folks, I'm pagan. I strongly believe in fate, so perhaps this was a blessing of good hunting or a reminder of past joys. Either way, we scouted four locations and explored two and took around 75 photos. I'm working on possibly doing another hunt today (since I'm off for the Federal holiday).
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Just completed a bit of year end maintenance on the community and thought folks would like to know. I removed about 350 "deleted and purged" accounts from the community. There's probably another 80 accounts which have been "deleted" but haven't reached the end of the line when LJ removes the data (and any hope of return). Surprisingly I saw two 'suspended' accounts.

Year to date, we hit our highest membership of 13187 active accounts. Using Google Analytics, not counting repeat hits by the same individual ISP/address, we had 34500+ unique visitors come to the community and view a page. This year, we only had 3 notable SPAM / Phishing attempts (all of which were deleted). We also only had four events where the moderators had to step in. You guys are great at staying civil, mature and self-policing.

The only event that truly disturbs me is the copy and paste copyright infringements by [livejournal.com profile] pansypoo. I've had to remove them twice from the member list despite a ban in place. I again urge people to visit her Blogger account and file DMCA complaints if you see your photos in her blog used without your permission.

Beyond that, it's been a remarkable year here in "AbandonedPLaces." Next year should be even better!
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Meant to get back to this set a while ago but been busy.

After exploring around the main houses, the outbuildings beckoned. The outbuildings were once used for storage, some were living quarters and others for livestock. Some held surprises that may cause people nightmares for years to come.

“Half full or half empty?”

Delving into the past [17 behind the cut] )
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While I’m still composing my thoughts after the storms of last week, I thought I might offer this gem.

Last spring when I was out in Colorado Springs, I did a bit more than work and take nature photos. While driving around the countryside there, I happened upon an empty and well secured ranch. From what I could determine, it was broken in three rentals based on the mail boxes on the main road. With the newest (junk) mail over a year old, I felt the place was a safe bet to explore.

Recovering [14 behind the cut] )
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Here's a preview of things to come or is that things past?

US Civil War era Fort Negley in Nashville
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Continuing our exploration of the Chase Nursery complex we found some unique surprises

Chase Nursery appears to have finally foundered and declared bankruptcy in 1993. Since this was a family owned business, sorting out the business financials from the family’s took several years. Eventually portions of the property (including this one) were sold to a local university for agricultural uses.


Regrowth [18 behind the cut] )
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On New Years Eve (31 Dec 10), I took my daughter out on a wander to the east side of town. Several places there had caught my interest over the past couple years and we needed some father - daughter time.

Barcoloungers on the Edge of Eternity

Chase Nursery was a massive operation that encompassed thousands of acres and employed hundreds worker. It was set up in the same manner as many of the southern mill towns of the same era (1880-1930's). It had a store, infirmary, and housing for the workers. The operation provided flowers and live plants to much of the eastern US via refrigerated railway cars from their own company siding (http://www.northalabamarailroadmuseum.com/restored.htm) through a succession of railroads. The Chase Nursery covered most of the land east of Monte Sano The Chase family and their business were so prominent that the northeastern 'burbs of Huntsville is called "Chase" and "Chase Gardens."

This to shall pass [14 behind the cut] )


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