I visited the long-abandoned Van Nattas Pumping Station in Ithaca, New York while on a life-changing several-week-long road trip to the Finger Lakes in 2016. It was such a contrast to the grit, decay, and crime of Cleveland, Ohio, where I had lived for two years working contracts. I had just been let go from a temporary position at the Federal Reserve Bank, had just been mugged for my phone, and had an unreliable apartment. I was missing nature, small-town life, and easy back road romping. I packed my camera backpack, hopped into my Subaru, and made the five-hour drive to the Finger Lakes. I fell instantly in love with the region’s many waterfalls and historic sites—including Van Nattas. From that visit, I made an effort to move to Ithaca and was able to secure a dream position at a local university. In early 2017, I said goodbye to Cleveland and hello to Ithaca, a fresh start.
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 kitschy gift shop and model railroad exhibit was closed for the day. Determined to make the best of the waning evening, I stopped by next door to visit the ruined Suwannee Belle.
Warwick State Training School
Warwick State Training School, a former alcohol and drug treatment center, youth rehabilitation complex, and prison will now be host to a brewery and medical marijuana farm in upstate New York.
The discovery of an untouched apartment above a long-abandoned pharmacy in New York led me to think about my mortality and how finite my life is.
There is nothing like coming across a wayside junkyard nestled deep in the Appalachian Mountains while traveling in Pennsylvania. Following up on the incredible Volkswagen graveyard, this junkyard is far smaller with only a handful of vehicles but every bit as photogenic.
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“Sure, I was surrounded by grit and decay, but it just wasn’t satisfying.” LOL! It just wasn’t your kind of grit and decay.
is this structure still there and what is the condition? Can it be saved?
It’s still there but in very poor condition. I don’t believe there are any structural elements left inside to walk on – or much of a roof.