Explorations On August 28, 2014

Cannel City Union Church

While the demise of rural life in many areas is overstated, there are many areas that are in long-term decline, brought about by sustained job losses and single-focus economies. In Cannel City, Kentucky’s case, it was coal and timber.

Events On August 26, 2014

Shawshank Redemption’s 20th Anniversary

The Ohio State Reformatory, also referred to as the Mansfield Reformatory, is a historic prison located in Mansfield, Ohio. Constructed between 1886 and 1896, it remained in operation until a 1990 federal court order required it to be closed. The facility is best known for its role in the Shawshank Redemption.

The 20th anniversary of Shawshank Redemption’s debut is planned for this weekend, from August 29 until the 31, with events and tours taking place in Mansfield, Ashland and Upper Sandusky, Ohio!

Explorations On August 26, 2014

A Place to Stay

A photographic essay of the former Frenchburg Presbyterian College in Frenchburg, Kentucky.

News On August 8, 2014

Waldo Hotel Fire

A minor fire in at the Waldo Hotel in Clarksburg, West Virginia yesterday evening did no damage to the historic building.

Explorations On July 20, 2014

Walking Dead

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.

News On July 2, 2014

Ro-Na’s Restored Marquee

The Ro-Na Theater in downtown Ironton was once billed as southern Ohio’s “finest theater.” After years of neglect, it’s being restored.

News On July 1, 2014

Exploring Hawthorne Plaza Mall

In the 16th installment of Tom Explores Los Angeles, Tom ventures inside the abandoned Hawthorne Plaza mall in Hawthorne, California.