Exploring a disused military ammunition depot brings back thoughts of the Walking Dead. Perhaps it is because I have been binge watching the post-apocalyptic horror series on television, or rather that I have a fascination with post-human interactions. And because of that, I went through my archives and found some great images that I have never shared that evokes that resemblance.
Several years ago, I ventured to the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant (IAAP) to explore its auxiliary structures outside of the propellent and explosives region. Much of this complex has remained closed to the public since the 1940’s, although portions of the over-10,000 acres has been redeveloped into industrial or commercial uses in the past decade. The holdout is the propellent and explosives area where munition was manufactured. It’s demolition has been ongoing at a glacial pace for well over a decade.
I began on some just-opened roads into the Explosive and Storage Area.
Tucked away is an old water treatment plant, building No. 6017. It had partially collapsed, although it was still very photogenic inside. Machine remnants were still visible, some still tagged with lockout dates from 1989.
Driving through other areas, I spotted defunct guardhouses, which during World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War, were all well staffed. I eventually came to Building No. 228-1, the central laboratory, and building No. 229-27, a shipping house.
I also came upon a nice surprise that is unknown to most outsiders due to its isolated location. Located within the ammunition plant on the nay-marked Water Line Road was Union Cemetery. Although it is still being maintained with graves added yearly, the cemetery was a holdout during the facility’s construction from 1940 to 1945. Unlike the countless homesteads and churches that were demolished or moved for the IAAP, the cemetery was never relocated.
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