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abandoned truck stop

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Recently Jeff and I stumbled upon this incredible abandoned restaurant / gas station / truck stop / former motel. From the road it just looked like it would be a quick stop but we really had no idea how awesome it would actually be. I'm not one hundred percent happy with all of these photos but I do think there are a few winners in the bunch, and the others just help give a better idea of what this place was like.
I'd really like to head back to this place to shoot it again. Like I said, I didn't expect the building to be as awesome as it was so I was kind of having a difficult time concentrating on photographing it. I just kept wanting to see what was around every corner. Not to mention it was fairly dark inside, and I didn't have my tripod on me.

Oh, and if the building wasn't awesome enough, this was on the side of it...
xoxo

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  1. What a sweet find. I love those little unexpected roadside treasures!

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    1. It was such a great find. After we had spent the last few days surrounded by buildings we couldn't seem to get into it made it an extra special treat!

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  2. wowww these are cool. eerie, but really cool.

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  3. Love the truck stop! Someone needs to paint a Brachiosaurus walking around in that painting! ^_^

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    1. Hah! It really is a great painting to add something to!

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  4. So is there like one graffiti artist writing "think" on abandoned places? Because that's a pretty cool thing to keep running in to.

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    1. Yep! It was especially neat to find this one so far away from Cleveland. It was like finding a little piece of home.

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  5. Looks so awesome! I love all your adventure posts like these.
    Lauren | OhHay Blogs!
    xxx

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  6. Wow! This is totally awesome! :) It's crazy to imagine a place like this ever having life, or to try to think of what it looked like when people would dine there! Cool find!
    Deanna | Curly Top

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  7. Whoa, awesome! I love the payphone bank picture, and the fourth photo down - it looks like something out of a David LaChapelle set!

    Xo, Ellen

    www.ellenbourne.blogspot.com.au

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  8. so haunted looking. especially the kitchen. it looks so burnt!

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  9. Wow, that's amazing!

    Miranda
    Little Gold Pocket Watch

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  10. Oh wow, what an incredible find! I love the photos of the grotty kitchen and the overgrown gas pump. It amazes me how many of these "think" pieces you keep finding too!

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  11. Probably my favorite abandoned shots location you've posted so far! This is awesome.

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  12. Great photos! I always enjoy seeing the abandoned places that you visit!

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    1. Thank you. I'm so glad you enjoy them! :)

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  13. Wow you guys are like professional explorers! I love seeing all the neat places you discover!

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  14. That's seriously cool - you just don't get stuff like that in the UK. I mean, you do get some abandoned places, and there are plenty of Urbexers here, but I guess there's not as much space for stuff to get abandoned unlike in the US and Australia where there are whole abandoned townships!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

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  15. Im just dying to know all of the stories these walls would tell if they could..
    Jordyn
    Pretty Lovely

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  16. Oh man, beautiful!! I live in utah and all of your abandoned places posts make me so interested to go and explore the land im in. Where was this? Theres a few old abandoned places ive been to here, but none of them really have stuff in it anymore, and theyre just not as cool!

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  17. Incredible! *patiently waiting for a Dainty Squid photography book* ;)

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  18. I was googling on Dainty, since my blog is called Dainty Dream and I've found your blog. Awesome photos! I wish we had more abandoned places here in the Netherlands! But our country is probably to small for that.. I did went to an abandoned city in Belgium (blogged about it yesterday if you like to see). Your blog is a great source of inspiration.

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  19. oh hey! not anonymous here. made an account so i could comment again. haha. anyway, i don't know if you have read paper towns by john green or if that is even your cup of tea, but there is a small section in the book about these people going to abandoned places just to photograph them but not take or destroy anything and it made me think of you and your bf and yalls adventures. i read that this past weekend. fast forward to the day of this post and the fourth photo is just like a scene in that book. very cool and funny timing. (too long of a comment for twitter. haha)

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    1. Haha! Glad you made an account! :P

      I haven't read it but that does sound interesting for sure.

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  20. This is so trippy for me to see because it's the destroyed twin of a truck stop between NC and NY that my dad and I have stopped at several times. Like I've eaten in 'that' restaurant! So weird to see a destroyed version.

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  21. These abandoned places are giving me wanderlust like you wouldn't believe, K!

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