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Indiana Exploration

Exploration Catch-Up first post:
First off, an abandoned hotel.

Second, we hit a schoolhouse in the area. Built in 1922, it has been shut down since somewhere around 1960.

This hallway is actually in the basement. Originally, it was made of poured concrete and could withstand the blast of an atomic bomb.

Some of the cool paintings we found in the building:

For some reason, a single chair and desk were all that was left in this room. The floor was drooping pretty badly, so I didn’t spend too much time tromping around up there. There was a hole in the ground that led to a classroom below:

There were a lot of weird things painted around the building:

One last photo before we left the school – Jordan taking a shot in the stairwell:

Dead Mall: Exploration of an Abandoned Shopping Center

Note from Kyle: I’ve kept this post up for archive purposes, but I’ve deleted the photos since I revisited Dixie Square mall in higher resolution on my main blog, which can be found here:

Went out to Chicago again this weekend. Took a few photos of some new places.
First destination – An abandoned shopping mall. Once in an area of great promise, now the area has descended into high crime and depression. The mall, used for the chase scene in the Blues Brothers movie, closed in 1978 and since then had been the site of a murder, multiple rapes, and a few other very nasty things until the police station moved nearby.

Fire damage is apparent in the building and the once sturdy concrete upper floor has caved in at multiple sites within.

A sign hangs from the position where it once stood. Vandalism has removed much of what was once in the mall, but sometimes you’ll stumble upon signs of what used to be:

Walls are torn down – only flaps of wallpaper and wood grid remains in some areas:

This room was particularly interesting to me. I’m not sure if I’m right, but I think that the blue tint in my photo is due to the holes in the ceiling becoming a giant pinhole camera type device. The blue and white is actually a projection of the sky above:

An escalator, once part of a bustling JC Penny, now stands silent. Water collecting at the bottom makes for a tricky climb as well as corroding metal steps:

Two escalators cross in a large department store area:

Colorful murals and wallpaper adorn the dreary halls of the old mall:

A sign advertising “beautiful things” still holds true, in a way.

My second destination was, as far as I could tell, an abandoned chemical research factory. I’m told that it was once an oil company, but I can’t for the life of me tell exactly what they did in there because I found all sorts of obscure chemicals not related at all to petroleum.

A piano is in the hallway across from a lab. I have no idea why it’s there:

Some insane machinery fills up one of the rooms in the building:

Various equipment, bottles, and papers create shadows in this room. It smelled of sulfur, so I didn’t stay in there for long:

Notice the “asb 9” in this photo. I’m pretty sure that means that there was asbestos present and needed to be removed. Still, the least of our worries:

As always, you know where to find more and larger.

Gary Indiana Exploration 08-31-08

Ok, as you guys know, I went out to the most abandoned city in America again on Saturday. Said I’d post a few photos. As always, more photos and larger versions available at my flickr stream at
Here they are:

A shutter, busted out from either wear through time or a vandal, sits in the center of the hallway of an abandoned apartment complex connected to one of the most famous theaters of the 1950’s.

Stage lights litter the floor near the exit to the theater. I’m surprised they haven’t been broken, but many explorers that come to this area of town are dedicated enough to leave things where they were found and smart enough to watch their step – you never know when you’ll hit some rotten wood and burst through the floor.

The main hall of a disused auditorium. This is actually the first time that I’ve visited this area. The actual “auditorium” part of the building is completely overgrown with weeds. The stairs of the auditorium were carved out of ornate limestone. It almost seems as if someone had swept them because they were oddly clean considering the condition of the building that they were in.

Obligatory Peeling Paint Shot. I don’t usually like to take these, but the lighting in this room was too good to pass up. I also couldn’t get over how green that paint was.

A gigantic pile of clothes sits among many others in the abandoned warehouse. I ran into another explorer on the same day and he filled me in on the whole situation – apparently some woman had promised to fly all of these articles of clothing over to third world countries and instead ditched it all in abandoned buildings across the city. Sneaky. Equally messy – piles of paper littered the floors in what seemed to be a storage room. Receipts from the 50’s on are present in this room.

Andrew sees the light – the dust from the floor of the old warehouse highlights two beams of light which happen to fall right on my friend. In another room, a door sits – signatures dotting the entire surface. Some of them even date back to the 50’s.