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abandoned factory

Monday, September 08, 2014

Recently we explored an abandoned factory. This Cleveland subsidiary of two larger companies was formed in 1968. By 1980 it was one of the largest machine-tool manufacturers in the United States. Three short years passed before the company began to suffer due to Japanese competition, the recession, and corporate inefficiencies. They restructured, cut the workforce in half and continued to have lots of ups and downs for the remainder of its years. Eventually in 2002 the factory was completely abandoned after a few years of only a portion of the building being utilized.
 What these photos aren't showing you is all the trash in the building. Actually, you can kind of see it off in the distance in the reflection photo! The majority of these photos were taken on the outside edges of the building, as well as on the second floor. In the middle of this place, on the bottom floor, it's just all trash. Trash piled higher than your head. More trash than I've ever seen anywhere other than a dump. Surprisingly it didn't really smell all that bad. Although I imagine on a hot summer day it would be intolerable.
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  1. This may be totally weird and gross, but have you ever considered picking up little bits from your abandoned adventures? I think it would be so cool to nicely frame some old memo sheets or report files from one of your favorite locations. Anyway, I, as per usual, love these explore everywhere posts-the photos are my favorite, it's such a cool idea!

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    1. Not weird or gross, it really is a shame to see some of the stuff left behind. All these things will be forgotten and eventually put in a dump if the building gets demolished.

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  2. Those punch cards and abandoned computers... I want to go in and save them all!

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  3. I have a cousin really into Urban Exploration too, and between his stories and your blog posts I can't wait to do some! Thanks.

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  4. I'm looking at this post and I'm like, I could not fight the urge to take something! There so much cool stuff!

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  5. These photos are so cool! I think old factories are really intriguing.

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  6. This looks like such a cool place but also kinda creepy! :)
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  7. I love your abandoned building posts! I'm always curious... do you ever encounter other people in the buildings? I think that (& the fear of being arrested, haha) deters me from entering abandoned places!

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    1. I have yet to come across anyone but it's definitely not uncommon.

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  8. I love your exploration photos! I wish I could think of some places to explore in my area!!

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  9. Wow, crazy pictures! What's happened to the floor in that fourth shot?

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    1. Water damage. Isn't that crazy? The whole second floor was like that, you can see it in the background of a few of the other photos as well.

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  10. what cool photos!
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  11. These are some really great photos! I always love when people take urban exploration photos that show the beauty in these sites.

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  12. Ha, I thought I was the only one who might be tempted to take something, but after reading the comments, I realize I'm in good company! :D

    Very cool space and photos. I especially love that typewriter and old notes in the first photo. Beautiful.

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  13. You say trash, and I remember the trash in New York, lining the streets. We'd kick the bags to see if rats would come out. It was less, I suppose. They weren't piled higher than our heads, but it was still disgusting.

    I don't suppose you wanted too keenly to know that. Sorry.

    But gorgeous pictures! ... Nope that was awkward too.
    I like exploring, and you portray old, broken things well.
    That's what I meant.

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  14. I would totally keep a computer or two.. Would make an amazing prop for photos!!

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  15. Where do you find the information about these abandoned buildings?

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    1. The internet. I'll either take the name, found on pieces of paper inside or from a sign outside, and look it up. If I can't find anything about it inside, I'll just look up the address and go from there. It's actually one of my favorite parts.

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    2. I don't know why I imagined these places so desolate that an old sign wouldn't even be around anymore. But the address makes perfect sense, duhh lol.

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  16. These pictures give me the feeling to look at the location of a horror video game! Great photos as always!

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  17. I hope this isn't rude but how do you get into these places? There's a few by me I'd love to explore, but they're all fenced off or boarded up :(. I always really enjoy seeing your photos from the places you explore.

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  18. This is so cool! I love all the old computers. I don't know if you've answered this question before,but do you ever get afraid that there might be people in these buildings that could up to no good or try to hurt you? There are a lot of abandoned places in St. Louis but I'm always too afraid to go for fear that I might get mugged or attacked. St. Louis is kind of violent. I love this city, but you do have to be careful.

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    1. Not really although I would never go alone seeing as most of these places aren't really in great neighborhoods.

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  19. The picture with all of the straws just gets me, for some reason. I love it!

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  20. This looks like an awesome place to explore, I would have been scared the building would collapse on me! The chair photo is my favorite :) Shared here - https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=571006016355324&id=186674141455182&_rdr

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  21. Beautiful places as usual! Always inspiring me to go on more adventures.
    Lauren // OhHay Blogs!
    xxx

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  22. Love this! I love envisioning what these places looked like when they were intact and actually used.

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  23. ah I wanna go to all these places you post pictures from! so inspiring

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