No Exit Birmingham: an event from the online UER forum. I spent the day in Birmingham with a group of explorers from Atlanta. We were able to visit 3 locations, featured in order: a department store, a warehouse, and a school.
The first building is the Pizitz department store in downtown Birmingham, which was 7 stories tall and allowed for some cool photos on the roof. More details about this building can be found here:
The second place was an abandoned warehouse, which had the structural emptiness that one would expect from an abandoned warehouse. Not too much to say about this location.
The third location was an abandoned school: a small campus of three buildings, all painted in bright colors. I have been eyeing the location of the school for months now and was psyched to actually explore it. The place was stockpiled with computers, pianos, sewing machines, textbooks, and boxes of paperwork. Crazy the kind of stuff people leave behind.
Over all, the day was a success. The people were great and the event is definitely something I will attend again.
TCI Ensley Steel Works. Accompanied by two experienced UER contacts, I ventured to Birmingham for a morning exploration of this awesome location. Most of the buildings are demolished, leaving those in my photos here, and the giant hot metal mixer in the 1st photo. TCI Ensley was built in 1888 and was closed in 1976. More information can be found here: http://www.bhamwiki.com/w/Ensley_Works
Bryce Mental Asylum—Northport Alabama.
My first location in the South! It didn’t seem haunted to me, although I’ve heard plenty of rumors. The structure is intact but far from trustworthy. The whole place is covered in graffiti; the windows are all broken, and doors kicked open. Upon approaching the property, Kenny and I were approached by a woman asking if she could accompany us. She claimed that she used to work at Bryce during it’s transition period between locations…but we think maybe she was a ghost. I’ve included a picture of her eerie presence during our exploration. I would definitely recommend this location, though it is often patrolled by local authority. You can find more information below:
Phoenix Brands Factory in Indianapolis. This location would have been a lot harder to get into had it not been for my friend, who from previous visits knew exactly where he was going. The place was pretty empty, but it had plenty of floors to explore. Imagine how busy this place was back when it was in use. Everything was filthy, so the factory must have been used heavily at one point in time. If you ever do visit this location, let me warn you: the caretaker leaves the radio on to make the place seem occupied. Imagine walking through this cavernous place with opera music echoing off the walls. It made for an interesting experience.
I told you I would be back here! This is Central State Mental Asylum (again) in Indianapolis. I will be crushed the day they demolish the buildings on this campus. These pictures were taken in the power plant building, which at one time was filled with generators and such. From what I see online, it looks like this building went up in 1886. Also, the only access point I know of to get into the campus underground tunnel system is through the basement of this building. For more information on Central State, check out the Wikipedia page:
Part II: Personally, I loved the carousel and ferris wheel the most. But the water park was pretty neat too.
Also, I enjoyed reading what sixflags.com had to say about the closing of their park, including:
Q. What happens to the rides at Kentucky Kingdom?
A. We are still making those decisions, since we had been hopeful that we could keep the park open. We know that some of the rides and attractions will be relocated to other parks, though the final details are still being worked out.
I can tell you, from what I saw, that all the rides sit untouched, collecting dust day after day. The park, though, hasn’t fallen into terrible disrepair…there is very little graffiti, and the electricity on some of the rides’ loudspeaker systems still works! “Attention, passengers, please keep your hands inside the roller coaster car at all times.”
Part I: This place is fantastic. I was just here last week. Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom closed down two years ago, and the park is left seemingly untouched. Go karts were merely removed from the tracks and lined up in a makeshift crowded parking lot. And roller coasters simply had their seats removed and the tracks remain standing. I only included a few of my photos here: roller coasters, a water ride (the cave-looking structure), and of course, some nifty park decor.
This is my favorite abandoned site. Central State Mental Asylum/Hospital, in Indianapolis. The whole campus of buildings (electrical, residential, administrative) is falling apart, but it’s still pretty cool to explore. There’s also an underground system of tunnels connecting many of the buildings on the campus. I attached a couple of those photos. These pictures aren’t my best, but I’m sure I’ll be back soon. If you want actual historical information on the site, check out the Wikipedia page:
The morning of August 28th, 2011 I went with a friend to see our beloved Keystone Towers apartment building (Indianapolis) demolished. Well, to us it was beloved, but to the rest of Indianapolis it was a dangerous eyesore, abandoned since 2003 and serving as a hub of drug trade and prostitution. It was built in 1974, its 15 stories expected to be a living space for high-end occupation, but quickly fell into disrepair as the business venture proved unsuccessful. The building was finally condemned and—as you can see in the video—was leveled via implosion in 14 seconds.
I apologize for the cruddy photos. I was here two years ago, back before I had a decent camera for this sort of thing. Located in Cedar Lake, IN, this building was supposedly a school and has since been abandoned. I’m not sure if the building is still there, actually. It was in pretty bad shape when I visited. I attached a photo of the entrance gate, according to Google Earth. There’s a long dirt path leading back to the campus. I’m hoping to visit again soon and see what remains of the structure.
This bridge may not be abandoned, but it’s pretty neat. It’s also located in Crawfordsville, and has obviously been visited by many daring graffiti artists willing to risk the height.
I’m honestly not sure what this building was used for. It’s located in central Crawfordsville (IN), and I wouldn’t recommend going at night like we did because it was pretty scary. The whole place is covered in graffiti and it looks as if someone took a sledgehammer to a good amount of the drywall.
We found this abandoned factory located in perilously close proximity to the police station in Crawfordsville, IN. The place was mostly cleared out, but the rooftop was easily accessible and overlooked a large patch of woods.