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Out of the images pulled from the old drive, I also have photos from a second site we visited on that cold February afternoon - a former filling station. It wasn't much. The neighborhood was sketchy which probably contributed to the demise of this former Raceway gas station (petrol station). With the cold, the locals didn't choose to come see what I was doing, so a few photos were had.

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We're sorry but this number is no longer in service...

Rollin down the highway )
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I've now edited 4 nature sets, 3 abandoned site sets (3 more to go) will start posting pics again this week. Yes, the new computer is helping.
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Viewing the front side of the buildings on Main Street, Louisville, put it into perspective for me. Many of the businesses invested heavily in the appearance to impress potential customers. On much of Main Street, these frontages contain a surprise. They aren’t the original entrances.

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Here’s another gem from the past I’d forgotten about. Several years ago, while visiting family in the area, I took my daughter to explore a series of buildings in downtown Louisville I was surprised to see derelict. They were only a few blocks away from the YUM Center (Basketball arena) and in an area that had been full of clubs.

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Walking down the alley behind these buildings we spied an unusual sight

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Finishing the exploration.

As the city employees who were my escort took me deeper and deeper into the former high school, the dust and age of the ‘left-overs’ gave the impression that these areas had been largely untouched even by the swatters and metals thieves. There were several areas that disturbingly colder than the surroundings. Before it’s asked, no, I didn’t notice any permanent residents.

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Continuing the exploration...

As mentioned in several replies, WCHS was finally shuttered in the 1990-1 timeframe. The main cause was water. Much of the downtown and surrounding community around old Huntsville is undermined by natural springs and underground streams. By the time the Councill Community Center had closed, the building had been settling for over 60 years. Water was seeping into the foundation and the walls causing structural and electrical damage. The roof was last replaced in the 1970’s and given the warm, humid southern environment, it could only last so long.

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Failure was just a matter of time

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Quiet home and time to write a bit.

Well been trying to sit down and write for the past week but it's been chaotic at best. When I last left off, I mentioned I'd done a grand tour of northern Alabama. I ended up needing to drive back to Birmingham on the following Tuesday right after work. I got a call from one of my friends who's modeled for me in the past. Brittany is a new age gypsy, sweet natured, a bit hyper and searching for direction. She's literally wandered the country for the past few years since I first met and shot with her but never stayed long. When she went to San Diego last summer, she had a spiritual awakening that was remarkable. Upon her return to B'ham, we shot a set at the Moss Rock Preserve and talked about her changes in attitude, in character and how much happier she was with her new found spirituality. It was wonderful to behold.

When she contacted me following a visit to Kansas City to meet a boy she'd been corresponding with, she was hurt and heartbroken by him. He'd not been the person he'd seemed and she decided to come back to Birmingham. The only problem is she's lost the place she'd been staying at there. Yes, we took her in. She's been with us for a little over a week and a half now. She's cooking for us 3 nights a week. Brittany is a vegetarian so those meals have been pretty healthy and tasty. She helps clean, do the dishes and cleans her room regularly. Tammy been teaching her to sew and so far Brittany has completed two pairs of pants and a sash in less than a week. She also got a job the first day she was here. I don't know how long she'll be with us, but so far, she's been wonderful.

While the house remains quiet and I still have the mind to write, I'll speak of two more things. Yesterday Tammy and I road tripped to Knoxville. We went to visit with and pick up some goodies from Sandra Jacqua. She was trying to find a good home for Scott's / Don Njall's old 1931 Stromberg Carlson (shortwave/am) radio set and it looks like a project worth working on. Much to my surprise, she also handed me Njall's old marshalling staff and asked if I wanted it. Both items are in the garage and I'll be accessing what needs to done to bring them up to speed. If the radio can't be restored, I'll set about retrofitting an AM/FM digital set inside.

Tomorrow, I'll have a whole series of abandoned site images. I've been a bit inspired lately to edit more shots. I'm also a bit disgusted with myself to not posting some of these much sooner. I've still been exploring and shooting, but the editing process has been the glitch and the hold up to me.
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Last year we had to evacuate from our house in Huntsville after tornados ravaged the area nearby. Without hope of electricity for a week, we drove south of the destruction to stay with relatives. While out on the road, we happened across the former S & H Mobile Homes or better known as the Clanton Drive-In Theater (http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/16227).



Friday night picture show, pass the pop corn [11 behind the cut] )
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This brings back memories from my desert days. When I saw this CNN article on night photography of 'Lost America,' I knew I had to share it. The photographer is legendary in the US Southwestern deserts.

http://cnnphotos.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/03/night-photography-reveals-lost-america/?hpt=hp_c3
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Just so folks don’t think I was going to post one set and disappear for several months, I’ve uploaded 7 more sets ready for posting besides this.

These are images from a family trip in 2009 to my old hometown. This electrical motor factory near downtown Louisville, was established in the 1930’s, moved to this site in 1948. According to conflicting reports this family business is still in operation but no longer manufactures motors and switching systems. It’s hard for me to believe it’s still operating at this site given the level damage and the amount of dust and webbing inside the main entrance. You be the judge.



Memories in stone and steel [11 behind the cut] )
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I’ve been away for too long… I hadn’t planned to take the long break from posting photos here. If the backlog of sites that my companions and I have explored over the last 18 months is any indication, the hunts and photo explorations have been good. My problem has been having the motivation and the time without distraction to edit and post images of late. That has changed since setting up my own office/studio.

Over those last 18+ months, I’ve explored three abandoned schools, a haunted children’s home, two factories, several gas stations and more houses than I care to think of. After recovering an external harddrive, I’m also editing and planning to post a number of images from 2007 and 2008 that have never seen the light of day.

Let’s start off with a survivor from the rural American South. The area I live is at the base of the Appalachian Mountains and is known for some fiercely independent and until recently relatively poor people. These were people who made due with small shacks and limited resources. While searching the area last year, I spotted this very old and battered shack on nearby Green Mountain. From the materials and construction, it dates to the 1880’s or earlier.



Memories and moss [17 behind the cut] )
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Wanderings and surprises

While the hotel in my previous post was a single surviving ediface, many places still standing, only cling to existance. These are a mix of multiple sites from Gulfport thru Long Beach, MS.



Far as the eye can see [10 behind the cut] )
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As mentioned before, on this trip, my partner and I visited 4 locations on and close to US Highway 395 in the western Mojave Desert.

1. The Hawes Communications Bunker (Visit #4 because she wanted to see it);
2. The Atolia Tungsten Mines (4 miles square – 100+ mine openings);
3. Randsburg, CA (A Class C “living” ghost town – 300 houses, 78 residents);
4. XXXXX Minimum Security Federal Prison Camp (This required two visits)

After a positively wonderful lunch at the Randsburg General Store, we headed back out of town. On the outskirts of town, we spotted a lone head frame for a mine and a single house about 100 yards away. We decided to explore.

Randsburg, California (Lost Mine)


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Journey back to yesteryear (12 behind the cut) )
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As mentioned before, on this trip, my partner and I visited 4 locations on and close to US Highway 395 in the western Mojave Desert.

1. The Hawes Communications Bunker (Visit #4 because she wanted to see it);
2. The Atolia Tungsten Mines (4 miles square – 100+ mine openings);
3. Randsburg, CA (A Class C “living” ghost town – 300 houses, 78 residents);
4. XXXXX Minimum Security Federal Prison Camp (This required two visits)

Randsburg was once a boom town. The nearby gold mines were and are generally considered some of the richest in the country. At one time, the town once had over 2000 residents and 100+ operating mines. A number of these mines were/are right in the town. Today, Randsburg is a quiet shadow of it’s past. A number of hardy souls still live here. We were respectful about exploring in town as it’s difficult to point out some houses which are definitely abandoned, preserved or lived in.

Randsburg, California (Frozen in time)


Journey back to yesteryear (16 behind the cut) )
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As mentioned before, on this trip, my partner and I visited 4 locations on and close to US Highway 395 in the western Mojave Desert.


1. The Hawes Communications Bunker (Visit #4 because she wanted to see it);
2. The Atolia Tungsten Mines (4 miles square – 100+ mine openings);
3. Randsburg, CA (A Class C “living” ghost town – 300 houses, 78 residents);
4. XXXXX Minimum Security Federal Prison Camp (This required two visits)

The warehouses and sorting and ore sample storage buildings are nothing less than scary. In all but one case, the buildings are in final stages before structural failure. Walls are missing in some cases, ceilings have fallen and supports are sagging. In a windstorm this place must howl and sway like a banshee of Celtic lore. I’m sure it must equally scary to behold in person. Since posting the first set of photos, it’s been clarified that the site was essentially abandoned in the 50’s however very, very limited mine operations continued all the way thru the late 90’s. This was curtailed only a few years ago due vandalism, fires and theft by salvagers.

Atolia (The Wasteland – Warehouse Complexes)



Miles and miles, of miles and miles (16 behind the cut) )
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Like I said in previous posts, I was extremely busy this summer exploring and photographing places new and old. Normally I don’t like going back to old sites as I prefer to keep the image of the place locked from the first visit. On this trip, my partner and I visited 4 locations on and close to US Highway 395 in the western Mojave Desert.


1. The Hawes Communications Bunker (Visit #4 because she wanted to see it);
2. The Atolia Tungsten Mines (4 miles square – 100+ mine openings);
3. Randsburg, CA (A Class C “living” ghost town – 300 houses, 78 residents);
4. XXXXX Minimum Security Federal Prison Camp (This required two visits)

The Atolia Mine District could be easily described as a vast but unnoticed wasteland on the edge of US Hwy 395. To the untrained eye, the passerby on the highway would only see a few towers and a small, care-worn industrial complex. In fact, these few visible sites don’t truly indicate the extent of a nearly 40 square mile district that once included a town (west of the highway) and over 400 mine shafts or shallow drifts which employed nearly a thousand personnel.

Atolia (The Wasteland – Assayer and old foreman’s houses)



Miles and miles, of miles and miles (12 behind the cut) )
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Much to my great regret, the certified letter that I sent to the company which owns the California Theatre in San Diego, CA was returned yesterday as "undeliverable" and unopened. This means that the US Postal Service attempted to deliver or contact the 'business' which is managing the building for 2 weeks without success. It means the mail is also not being forwarded to another entity or business either. It means that the legal "server of process" ("Pasquale Baono") isn't doing what he's supposed to be. Anyone in San Diego care to see if this guy is on the phone book there? According to the California Secretary of State's website:

"What is an agent for service of process?

An agent is an individual (manager, member or any other person, whether or not affiliated with the company) who resides in California or a corporation designated by the limited liability company to accept service of process if the company is sued. The agent must agree to accept service of process on behalf of the company prior to designation."
...

Curiouser and curiouser... While it could be considered that my letter wasn’t a legal notice or process being served, it means they never cared to look at what the letter was at all. I believe I will be making some calls to the city, county and state to run down further info. This further convinces me the developer just transferred the building to a shell company and is letting it rot. Something stinks here.
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Like I said in previous posts, I was extremely busy this summer exploring and photographing places new and old. Normally I don’t like going back to old sites as I prefer to keep the image of the place locked from the first visit. On this trip, my partner and I visited 4 locations on and close to US Highway 395 in the western Mojave Desert.


1. The Hawes Communications Bunker (Visit #4 because she wanted to see it);
2. The Atolia Tungsten Mines (4 miles square – 100+ mine openings);
3. Randsburg, CA (A Class C “living” ghost town – 300 houses, 78 residents);
4. XXXXX Minimum Security Federal Prison Camp (This required two visits)

The Atolia Mine District could be easily described as a vast but unnoticed wasteland on the edge of US Hwy 395. To the untrained eye, the passerby on the highway would only see a few towers and a small, care-worn industrial complex. In fact, these few visible sites don’t truly indicate the extent of a nearly 40 square mile district that once included a town (west of the highway) and over 400 mine shafts or shallow drifts which employed nearly a thousand personnel.

The area that we explored lay on the east side of the highway and required extreme caution. This area contained probably between 100 to 200 pits, shafts and drifts; numerous unstable piles of debris and mine tailings; equipment, and industrial waste. Boys and girls, this is a very dangerous place. Subsequent to our visit, I learned that the property is privately owned and that owner is well known for calling the county sheriff on anyone she sees in the complex.

Atolia (The Wasteland – Mines and exteriors)



Miles and miles, of miles and miles (20 behind the cut) )
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Like I said in previous posts, I was extremely busy this summer exploring and photographing places new and old. Normally I don’t like going back to old sites as I prefer to keep the image of the place locked from the first visit. On this trip, my partner and I visited 4 locations on and close to US Highway 395 in the western Mojave Desert.


1. The Hawes Communications Bunker (Visit #4 because she wanted to see it);
2. The Atolia Tungsten Mines (4 miles square – 100+ mine openings);
3. Randsburg, CA (A Class C “living” ghost town – 300 houses, 78 residents);
4. XXXXX Minimum Security Federal Prison Camp (This required two visits)

These aren’t noted in our actual order of travel but it makes for a slight smoother narration. Without exception, all of these are dangerous and fairly sensitive sites. They also made for one of the most exciting abandoned site hunts I’ve ever gone on.

First Stop – Hawes AF Communications Site (“The Bunker”)


Not quite Oblivion – but you can see it on a clear day (5 behind the cut) )
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Ladies and gents, an update, or not.

So some of you might remember, I posted some images of a beautiful San Diego, California movie house from the late 1920's called the new California Theatre. After getting those images, I decided to try and contact the owners to obtain permission to photgraph the site (see: http://jj-maccrimmon.livejournal.com/196615.html).

Approximately a week ago, I sent a registered letter to the owners of record, California Theatre Investment Group LLC. This was my third attempt to contact them. The Post Office has the letter in their tracking system and they have attempted to deliver it several times - unsuccessfully.

The result.. nothing. No one is even making an attempt to sign for the letter at the Post Office. I am convinced at this point that the business listed as the owner of this building is a front or a shell and nothing is being done to restore it.

This sadly follows a familiar trend concerning historic/abandoned locations. A company will buy a site and propose redevelopment only to be turned down because of it's historic nature of the building(s). When they exhaust the normal efforts to gain the partial and total demolition of a site, they sell it to a holding company which promises restoration of the property. The only thing that happens is they sit on the site for years doing minimal 'upkeep', and allowing it to deteriorate in hopes that as time passes a more favorable situation will develop (condemnation, fire, vandalism, etc).

My hope is that I'm mistaken and the owners of the property will yet contact me. The next steps to get in touch become more complicated. The California Theatre Investment Group LLC is registered in California (USA) so there has to be a lawyer or law office acting as their representative - that's one avenue to pursue. Next the registration in California requires the principals of the LLC (the main investors) to be identified. That's my second avenue to investigate. In both cases, any help from the community here would be very appreciated. I'd like to explore and document this site before it disappears forever.

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