Some time back, I was afforded an opportunity to view the private collection of airplanes of the late Walter Soplata in Ohio. Over the ensuing decades, he saved countless aircraft from being sold to the highest bidder and scrapped.
At 2500 feet in elevation, exploring the former Allegheny Tuberculosis Sanatorium is a delight. With heavy fog blanketing the campus in the early mornings, perpetual overcast days, and cooler temperatures even in the dead of summer, its location along the Allegheny Mountain front was ideal.
Many years ago, I night hiked into the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant (INAAP) in southern Indiana — the most substantial industrial abandonment in the United States. Sprawling over 19,000 acres, INAAP was overwhelming. An entire day could be spent just covering one power plant, for instance. But two power plants? Dozens upon dozens of pristine buildings that were unused after the Vietnam War? Katy bar the door, you know it’s going to be a long day ahead.
Accompanying me were two other seasoned explorers. Our goal? To camp atop Power Plant 401-1 and take in the sunrise.
Driving home to upstate New York on a cold, blustery evening, I stopped to visit a childhood memory: the everlasting tourist attraction, Roadside America. But I arrived too late, and the building boasting one of the biggest model railroads in the nation and a kitchy gift shop was closed.
Determined to make the best of the waning evening, I stopped by next door to visit the ruined Suwannee Belle.
Sources report that the Ford Motor Company began negotiations to acquire the long abandoned and now mothballed Michigan Central Station from Morouns’ Crown Enterprises in March 2018. The deal could be finalized as soon as April.