Industry Archives - Abandoned by Sherman Cahal

The Long Decline of Universal Atlas Cement

In early 2016, I ventured to the remains of Universal Atlas Cement, a former cement plant in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania. It opened in 1906 and closed in 1979.

Exploring Wheeling Steel’s Benwood Works

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.

Exploring Crowell-Collier Once the largest building in Springfield, Ohio

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.

Visiting Detroit Harbor Terminals

The abandoned Detroit Harbor Terminals is located along the Detroit River in Detroit, Michigan. See what’s inside this long closed warehouse.

Fisher Body Company Plant No. 21

The Fisher Body Company Plant No. 21 is located in Detroit, Michigan and formerly produced automobile bodies for General Motors.

Exploring the Moser Leather Company

The Moser Leather Company manufactured high-grade leather for harnesses and collar manufacturers before expanding into wholesale leather.

National Acme, a National Disgrace Once one of the largest manufacturers of machine tools in the United States.

National Acme, located in Cleveland, Ohio, was one of the largest manufacturers of machine tools in the United States. National Acme began as the merger…

Warner & Swasey Former manufacturer of machine tools, instruments, and speciality equipment.

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.

Van Nattas Pumping Station

The Van Nattas Pumping Station, located in Ithaca, New York, was constructed by the Ithaca Light & Water Company in 1893. It was built on the site of the Van Natta & Jones Mill.

Revisiting the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant

Several weeks ago, I revisited the Indiana Army Ammunitions Plant. INAAP, which manufactured smokeless gunpowder, was the largest of its type in the world.