Packard Motors

The Packard Motor Company on East Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan was constructed in 1903 and closed in 1958. With just the exception of a brief reuse in several locations, the entire complex – 3.5 million square feet over 35 acres, produced 1.5 million vehicles. Designed by Albert Kahn, the industrial complex used reinforced concrete for its construction, a first for Detroit.


It was a slightly chilly morning in downtown Cumberland, Maryland when I awoke to my alarm and the passing locomotives chugging along the former Western Maryland rail line through the heart of the city. I enjoyed listening to the trains throughout the night as it had a calming effect upon me, something that I recalled during my tenure at my parents house which was next to the massive Russell, Kentucky railyards. Feeling refreshed, I packed my gear and headed to my car and pointed my compass westward to Frostburg and then south to Lonaconing.

Indiana Army Ammunition Plant

A Foggy Morning at the Ammunition Plant

One night, accompanied by another photographer, I embarked on a journey to capture the early morning scenery at the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant, which holds the distinction of being the largest abandonment in the United States. The trek into the facility proved challenging, with tall grasses and vegetation reclaiming what once were meticulously maintained grounds bustling with activity.

Iaeger High School

The Fading Glory of Coal Country: Gary, Iaegar, and War

The coalfields of southern West Virginia, once teeming with life and industry, now stand as somber reminders of a bygone era. My recent journey through McDowell County, deep within the heart of the state’s coal country, unveiled a landscape etched with the remnants of a once-thriving mining empire, now grappling with the harsh realities of economic decline and depopulation.

Reymann Brewing Company

Wheeling’s Brewing Legacy

While Wheeling, West Virginia’s brewing heritage may be eclipsed by that of Cincinnati, Ohio or Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this can be attributed to the passage of Yost’s Law in 1914, which effectively extinguished the beer industry in the state. Wheeling, once home to more breweries than any other city in the Mountain State, was renowned as a major brewing center during the latter half of the 19th century and as a haven for German immigrants.