Month: November 2015

Barrow, Alaska

The northernmost city in the entire US. It is well above the arctic circle (320 miles, to be exact) and has a population of only 4212 people. The only roads in Barrow are inside the town and they are unpaved since it would be too expensive to maintain with all the permafrost the city experiences. […]

Bodie, California

Now I ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger, but if she moved to Bodie, California in the late 1870s, she probably was there for the gold and silver ore that created this old boomtown. Despite two fires that destroyed much of the tinderbox buildings in this mining town, Bodie is the best preserved abandoned mining […]

The Athens L*natic Asylum

The Athens L*natic Asylum is, without a doubt, the creepiest shut down mental health institute in the United States. Opening in 1874, the facility was originally very pleasant. It hosted two wings (one for males and one for females) with 572 rooms. Patients were able to receive personalized care from the nurses. It even had […]

Centralia, Pennsylvania

Did you know that the fictional town of Silent Hill from the film adaptation of the popular video game series of the same name was inspired by a real place? Welcome to Centralia, Pennsylvania. Here, dangerous carbon monoxide gas spews from beneath the ground and land collapses, leaving eerie cracks in the ground. The source […]

Bannerman’s Arsenal, Pollepel Island, Hudson River

On the Hudson River is Pollepel Island, home of Bannerman’s Arsenal. Built between 1901 and 1908, and designed by its owner and namesake Francis Bannerman VI, this castle once stored decommissioned weapons and surplus ammunition that Bannerman purchased following the Spanish-American War. He had hoped to turn the arsenal into a museum one day, but […]

The Mojave Air and Spaceport

These are not the scenes of airplane crashes! California is host to the Mojave Air and Spaceport, which functions as both an active airport and pilot training facility, but also a boneyard for retired airplanes which have been cannibalized for valuable parts to sustain newer models of like-aircraft. Materials that can no longer be used […]

Tate’s Hell National Forest

Tate’s Hell National Forest, near Carrabelle, Florida is home to 200,000+ acres of forest, dense scrub, and swampland. It’s colorful name is said to come from a farmer named Cebe Tate, who in 1875 allegedly became lost in the swamp for a week. There he was bitten by a venomous snake and drank unclean water. […]

Sunland Hospital

Sunland Hospital, initially named W. T. Edwards Hospital in Tallahassee, FL. It was used as a tuberculosis quarantine until an antibiotic for the disease was discovered in the early sixties. From there, it was closed for several years and then reopened in 1967 as The Sunland Center at Tallahassee. The center endured massive under-funding, over-crowding, and scandal and was […]