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Sherman Cahal

Sherman Cahal is a photographer who has specialized in abandonments and historical structures for over 15 years.

Explorations On March 31, 2017

Second Empire Déjà Vu

Déjà vu. Since relocating to upstate New York, I have come across numerous iterations of the Second empire architectural style, especially as it applies to residences from the early- to mid-20th century, when it was most prevalent.

Explorations / In Focus On March 16, 2017

The Plight of Buffalo’s Elevators

Along the southern harbors of Buffalo, New York is the ruins of several elevators. Some of those giants, such as the former Cargill Superior, and Canadian Pool, have been derelict for decades, while others have been closed for just a few years. They can all point their decline to the intervention of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the unpreparedness of Buffalo’s industrial leaders as the reason for their closure.

Explorations On February 9, 2017

A Train Graveyard

Located on the tracks of the former U.S. Steel McDonald Works are dozens of locomotives either in various stages of disassembly or intact, awaiting refurbishment. LTEX Rail has been in the business of scrapping locomotives for years, with its dead line tracks chock full of first- and second-generation locomotives and switchers from Amtrak, Canadian National, Union Pacific, Conrail, VIA and many other companies.

News On January 23, 2017

January 2017 Updates

The month January has been turbulent, but updates to Abandoned have been plenty. Between interviews at prospective employers, unimpressive weather, and unpaid holidays, I have had considerable downtime to crank out new content.

In Focus On January 9, 2017

Old Hickory Renovations

I couldn’t believe my eyes. After driving for many miles in lake effect snow, I came upon Old Hickory in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. It’s being saved.

Explorations On December 31, 2016

Top 35 Photos of 2016

The end of 2016 is fast approaching. 9,000 photographs were snapped, 35,000 miles traveled, and 200 locations explored. Here are the top 35 images of 2016.

In Focus On December 29, 2016

A Gothic Revival Stunner

This stunning Gothic Revival residence in Ithaca, New York was constructed in 1880. For many years, the long vacant property served as Turback’s Restaurant, Chef Yeppi Presents and the Gables Inn.

Explorations On December 27, 2016

Bootleg Racing and the West Virginia Motor Speedway

Once considered outdated and redneck, dirt oval racetracks have made a resurgence across the rural swaths of America. With unending regulations and expensive fares making it hard to justify trips to a NASCAR race track, local dirt track racing has come back full throttle. There are exceptions.

In Focus On December 20, 2016

The Longaberger Basket

The Longaberger Company is a manufacturer of handcrafted maple wood baskets based near Newark, Ohio. Once employing a thousand manufacturing baskets, the company has just 35 on payroll today. Sales peaked at over $1 billion in 2000, declining to just about $100 million today.