The end of 2016 is fast approaching with over 9,000 photographs snapped, 35,000 miles traveled, and 200 new locations explored and documented. Here are the top 35 images of 2016.
Once considered outdated and redneck, dirt oval racetracks have made a resurgence across the rural swaths of America as unending regulations and expensive fares making it hard to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, although that resurgence has not spread to the abandoned West Virginia Motor Speedway near Parkersburg, West Virginia.
East Liverpool, Ohio, once lovingly referred to as the “Crockery City” and the “Pottery Capital of the World,” is the classic definition of the Rust Belt. Much like Pittsburgh with its reliance on steel mills and Cleveland with its manufacturing plants, East Liverpool was dependent around the pottery industry because of ample natural resources, access to newly laid railroads, the Ohio River, and an untapped market.
I recently ventured to the remains of Universal Atlas Cement in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania. The cement factory opened in 1906.
The factory that produced the first welded steel pipe is partially abandoned. Wheeling Steel’s Benwood Works dates to 1884 when Riverside Iron Works, its earliest predecessor, became the second mill in the area to produce steel.
The former St. Joseph Riverside Hospital in Warren, Ohio is nothing more than a scrapped, flooded, and fire-damaged carcass of a building.
Coming fresh from a visit to Vermont, I ventured on the back roads around upstate New York. The country was far too beautiful to pass up with rolling, overcast skies for as far as the eye can see. Autumn colors were plentiful. Rounding the corner, I look over and out of the corner of my eye, I sighted derelict locomotives. I did a quick turnabout in the car and hurried back. This was too photogenic to pass up.
When the Dennison Hotel on Main Street in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio closed in 2011, it marked the end of a hoteling era. The single room occupancy extended stay facility once competed with the Browne Hotel, Fort Washington Hotel, Fountain Square Hotel, and others — all of which are long closed and demolished.
America is not unique in having desolate shopping malls, but the sheer number of underperforming, closed, and abandoned malls should give cause for alarm—including the mammoth Century III Mall near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Several years ago, I was able to visit the former printing operation for the Crowell-Collier Publishing Company, once the world’s largest magazine publishing house, in Springfield, Ohio.
The abandoned Detroit Harbor Terminals is located along the Detroit River in Detroit, Michigan. See what’s inside this long closed warehouse.
The Fisher Body Company Plant No. 21 is located in Detroit, Michigan and formerly produced automobile bodies for General Motors.
The Detroit House of Correction, commonly referred to as DeHoCo, is a former penitentiary complex near Detroit, Michigan. Originally located in the city of Detroit, the Detroit House of Correction was relocated Plymouth and Northville townships between 1920 and 1931 as the old “medieval” structure was considered not only antiquated but a fire hazard.
It’s not often that an outstanding residence in the center of a community is abandoned. But in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, Old Hickory has been disused for nearly 30 years.
Growing up in Raceland, Kentucky, I knew some of the significance behind the town’s name. It was named for the “Million Dollar Oval.”
The Moser Leather Company manufactured high-grade leather for harnesses and collar manufacturers before expanding into wholesale leather.
Once strategically important, Cairo, Illinois is in terminal decline after decades of racial turbulence. See photos from our latest trip.
The Warner & Swasey Company is a former manufacturer of machine tools, instruments, and speciality equipment, best known for its astronomical telescopes and turret lathes for astronomical observatories and military installations. It was founded as a partnership in 1880 by Worcester Reed Warner and Ambrose Swasey in Cleveland, Ohio.
Monsour Medical Center, located in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, was demolished last month. The hospital was founded in 1952 as a roadside clinic in “Senator Brown’s Mansion” along U.S. Route 30.