Abandoned http://urbexobsession.com/index.php/status_Abandoned en Abandoned Metra Cars http://urbexobsession.com/index.php/gallery_Metra_Cars <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Abandoned Metra Cars</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:00</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Once again, I am reminded of my own rule...  "Nothing is ever as easy as it appears on Google Maps."</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Blindly following the directions of my GPS, I found myself at a strange little intersection with a gas station.  The GPS indicating that I should go straight onto a dirt road and so I complied.  I could tell from the mounded earth on the sides of the road that it was periodically maintained by graders.  I suspect some time had passed since the last grader, as my organs vibrated in time with the washboard ridges punching a staccato beat against the tires.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The road evened out after a short distance and after circling under the highway, I found that the road ended at a small parking lot, but continued as a private road with clear "No Trespassing" signs displayed.  I parked the rented Equinox and jumped out, preparing myself for a longer walk than I had anticipated.  The map indicated I would be able to drive within a few hundred yards of my goal, but clearly this was not to be the case.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="View down the tracks." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1aae11c1-6366-4418-9f52-4256742920b4" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0128.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I went down over the shallow embankment and began following the long disused railway.  I was one of many who had come this way as evidenced by the well-worn path that had been etched into the ground.  I watched as small lizards skittered across in front of me, and marveled in the dry warmth of the day.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The tracks themselves had been built by the San Diego &amp; Arizona Railway Company formed in 1906.  Leased to several organizations over time, it had been used by the Carrizo Gorge Railway Company to move sand for making concrete up until October, 2008, when the condition of the track, trestles and tunnels began to make it unsafe.  In 2012, the owner signed a 50-year lease with the Pacific Imperial Railroad Company, but in 2016, it was then sub-leased to the <a href="http://www.bajarr.com/en/desert-line/" target="_blank">Baja California Railroad</a> who were to begin repairs immediately, and resume operations by this year.  In 2017, Pacific Imperial went bankrupt, so it is uncertain where this leaves the future of the line.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="End of the cars." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="19fb6207-bbfe-4c6a-9d6f-3495fd7a5397" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0092_0.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Coming to a poorly maintained trestle, I began walking gingerly across.  I was careful not to step on rotted ties, and to keep over the support beams running length-ways along the sketchy bridge.  In little time, despite my disagreement with heights, I was back on solid ground and on my way.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It wasn't much longer before I spotted the object of my current desire.  The end of a rail car which I knew would be connected to five more.  Looking down the track toward them, you'll notice almost instantly that something isn't right.  As you get closer, you'll realize what it is...  The first of the commuter cars is derailed.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Graffiti on the outside." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="34447883-d22b-49d5-96aa-43d23af3e9a9" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0096.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The line of six cars was stored on a spur off the main line.  An article in the <a href="https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2015/feb/26/ticker-desert-line-derailment-carrizo-gorge/#" target="_blank">San Diego Reader</a> from early 2015 suggests that an act of "sabotage" was responsible for the brakes being released, and the cars sliding downhill to derail on the switch.  Other sources more calmly suggest vandals as the likely cause the incident.  In either event, there's been no traffic on the main line since 2008, so no one has bothered to move the cars.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I walked the outside length of the five commuter cars, examining the graffiti murals adorning the aluminum until I found the last car somewhat out of place.  Once a flat-bed, it had been converted for use in tunnel maintenance.  I hopped up onto the steps and began working my way through the interior which was in better shape than I would have dared imagine.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Interior of one of the cars." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7f8f81e5-1333-4a6f-9829-23d58d137961" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0106.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Stickers on the inside indicated that the cars had been owned by <a href="https://metrarail.com/" target="_blank">Metra</a>, a commuter rail organization operating in Chicago, Illinois.  At the moment, I was uncertain how these cars would have made their way all that distance to find themselves on a siding here.  My best research suggests that they were destined to be used for commuter traffic near Tijuana, Mexico, but the venture fell through before the cars actually arrived.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">After I had completed my look around, I began making my way back to my parked vehicle to resume the day's adventures.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37112&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="rBMGHNKRpYMJDe4eQCiA2KCDgbvIFWK8Vju46LXw4dY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:00:00 +0000 Mike 37112 at http://urbexobsession.com http://urbexobsession.com/index.php/gallery_Metra_Cars#comments Unknown Blockhouse http://urbexobsession.com/index.php/gallery_Unknown_Blockhouse <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Unknown Blockhouse</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/12/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">There is conflicting information as to the purpose of this building.  Some information seems to indicate that this site was a World War II-era radar site.  Perhaps a transmitter site, associated with the large antenna atop the nearby mountain-top.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Other information suggests that this building was part of the communications system assembled by railway that would bring Newfoundland into Canada, and part of the viewership of the CBC.  Its proximity to the former railroad does seem to support that.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">There will be further updates as I find out more.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=9144&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="E7a2mY4mgalbcEBNqjEpJMKXR4RCf7-ceqQFqqW2nx8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 9144 at http://urbexobsession.com Harmon AFB Hanger http://urbexobsession.com/index.php/gallery_Harmon_AFB_Hanger <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Harmon AFB Hanger</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/29/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/gallery_Harmon_AFB_Bunker" hreflang="en">Harmon AFB Bunker</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Arriving in Stephenville, Newfoundland, it's easy to find yourself driving along an old runway.  As you look around, you will see many buildings remaining from the former Harmon AFB, some of them dating back to its original construction in the 1940's.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">While driving along that runway, I noticed one building in particular that seemed no longer to be in use.  We pulled over to take a closer look.  It was a fascinating, large hanger and after peering through various broken windows, I came upon a way in.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It appears that someone had been using it for other purposes, and it further appears that afterward it had been empty for quite some time.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=889&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="B6cSiuQZeyNDtmarmiiEuw2vOk8DKw02BRBYdIWoACY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 29 Jan 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 889 at http://urbexobsession.com Harmon AFB Bunker http://urbexobsession.com/index.php/gallery_Harmon_AFB_Bunker <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Harmon AFB Bunker</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/22/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">I had, unfortunately, read about this a few months after being in Stephenville for the first time.  I marked it on my map for future reference with the idea that, someday, I would return.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I did.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We drove down the dirt road to the place I had marked on the map.  From there, it was a short walk along the path until we found what we were looking for.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was a long concrete building with multiple bays for the storage of ordnance.  You could still make out the painted stencils on the wall indicating what should be stored within.  Each bay had a heater, and one room in the centre of the building featured the remains of a furnace and the other mechanics of maintaining the building.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It is interesting that this bunker was built so far away from the rest of the airbase.  There are other bunkers around, but they are closer and of a different design.  Perhaps the ordnance kept here was something more dangerous.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=856&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="RO3Qxo2do2mvQzaNq41dXaY2vCqvoyapN94GW2k04J0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 856 at http://urbexobsession.com Rose Blanche Fish Plant http://urbexobsession.com/index.php/gallery_RB_Fishplant <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Rose Blanche Fish Plant</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/08/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">While driving along the South coast of Newfoundland, I was exploring every side road.  I was surprised to see a small harbour with a large building and a few vehicles parked around it.  Initially, I wrote it off and looked for a place to turn around.  After a second glance, I realized that there were some gaping holes in the wall and no activity inside.  Perhaps this warranted a closer look at what turned out to be a fish processing plant.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Seeing through a missing wall to the harbour." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="775c3d08-fcb7-4367-892d-0026b2283d54" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_9512_0.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Incomplete at this time, my research thus far seems to indicate the plant was built in the 1950's or '60's as a government project to modernize and centralize fish processing operations in Newfoundland.  Years of issues managing the fishing resource have caused the plant to be opened and closed repeatedly, keeping employment in the area always in question.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Room with a pump and many pipes running everywhere." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="72ffc79b-e158-4563-b527-00b26e4d02a1" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_9525_0.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was able to determine that the province expropriated the plant in 1988, from Eldorado Seafoods Ltd.  It was then leased to Conpak Seafoods until it closed again in December, 1993.  It lay dormant until, in August, 1996, it was announced that it would reopen as a joint venture between H.B. Dawe Ltd. of Newfoundland, and Ancoba Inc. of Montreal, Quebec. By 1998, the province had to get involved in labour issues between the owners and workers.  I have been unable to determine what happened after that, or when the plant finally closed down.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Looking along the wharf at one of the closed buildings on the site." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="829c4fe5-dd01-4993-a622-1d06059930db" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_9544.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I spoke with a gentleman on the wharf who told me that the owners had walked away with anything of value one day, and that was the end.  Livelihood in the community dropped to near nothing as people moved elsewhere to piece their lives back together.  A tale told over and over in so many communities throughout the province.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=504&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="08mk6xUpKythHALrijhZNu2O-T-BPHS2pBVYT35wZu4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 504 at http://urbexobsession.com Rose Blanche Pumphouse http://urbexobsession.com/index.php/gallery_RB_Pumphouse <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Rose Blanche Pumphouse</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 01/02/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Out for a drive, exploring the area along the south coast of Newfoundland, I spotted a rooftop of a small building peeking out from the bushes.  I simply had to stop for a look.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As I pushed through the overgrowth, I was happy to see that, not only was the door open, but that there was some interesting stuff inside to see and show you.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=502&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="WkvxOQtoIgoZ6afbSl-GZooUdlzeOKvHVgFwUaw34KY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 02 Jan 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 502 at http://urbexobsession.com Northern Raceway http://urbexobsession.com/index.php/gallery_Northern_Raceway <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Northern Raceway</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">It was a beautiful day while camping on the shores of Lake Superior when we hit the open road to do some exploring.  There were several targets on our list this fine day, but this was a chance find on Google Maps.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was initially thrown off.  From the satellite photos, it seemed obvious that it was a race track.  Street View, however, showed a Young Drivers of Canada sign over the gate.  Apparently it was a driver training facility.  But there were grandstands...  Clearly this place had had at least two lives.</p> <p><img alt="View of the track in July, 1977." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="590e651c-4e9f-4698-b2e5-13da36086456" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/15.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The track opened in 1965 as the Fifth Line Speedway as a dirt track, but was paved very soon afterward.  It didn't remain open long, closing only two years later as it was unable to compete with another nearby track.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It reopened in 1971 when the competing track closed, and ran successfully until 1987.  It featured a 1/4 mile oval, a 1/4 mile drag-strip, and a figure-8 built into the oval.  Grandstands were on the west side of the tracks, and the pit area was on the east.</p> <p><img alt="Cars on the track." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a53db08f-c216-4dc9-b063-c2c2e80f31fc" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/21.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The starter's stand is still present, although it has apparently moved from its original location between the oval and the drag strip, to a place close to the grandstand.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The grandstand, is still present, but almost all of the wooden bench seating is gone, and the frame is almost completely overgrown.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The tracks are in surprisingly good condition for their decades of neglect and the oval looks as though it could host an event with very little work.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="88fSEGYhpHbI62PFzgonms8y7mgrOTXFr3pyHOalY1k"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 3 at http://urbexobsession.com Pruce's Motor Inn http://urbexobsession.com/index.php/gallery_Pruces <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Pruce&#039;s Motor Inn</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/07/2017 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">I cannot count the number of years, let alone the number of individual times, that I've passed this location and thought to myself, "I really should stop there at some point and have a look around".  Finally, I took the opportunity to do so on the long weekend of September.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The first thing one notices is the collapsed section, followed closely by the burned section.  From there the eye wanders to the graffiti and the rest of the typical damage one sees at a place neglected for so long.  Something in particular that caught my attention, however, was one of the names spray-painted several times on the walls.  Venise.</p> <p><img alt="View of main entrance." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cdac1648-48d4-4005-acd3-fa2654b29a8e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_9154.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">At first, I wondered why that name, among many others, had stopped my eye, but then I remembered...  I had seen this same name on the Lakewood Motel outside of Wawa (link is in the <strong>See Also</strong> section above).  Apparently Venise likes motels.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I wandered the scant remains of the building, attempting to get a sense of what it looked like in its day.  The destruction was pretty thorough, however, and it challenged the imagination to get any image.</p> <p><img alt="Watch pigeons." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f1fbd780-8635-4f6a-8eec-36f9c39ff9de" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_9197.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">When I ascended the stairs, I realized that I wasn't alone.  There were eyes watching me.  Several sets, and they were nearby.  I could feel them on me.  And they were nervous.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The front room contained watch-pigeons...  and I knew I'd have to tread carefully if I was to avoid harm from these viciously protective beasts.  Saying soothing words in soft tones, I took my pictures and retreated, mindful of the bloodshed I'd narrowly avoided.</p> <p><img alt="Main staircase." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8dcc2ba5-12ff-4430-b359-943642b0a976" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_9183.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">As I went back to my truck, I mentally crossed this one off the list of "one-day" places I would get around to.  While there's not much left, I don't regret having stopped and taken in just a little local history.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=6&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="-e8PEPWBJ1-dg0MxTp6BCQ2deL1uGrlPj7CrH0mqHGU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 07 Sep 2017 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 6 at http://urbexobsession.com CFS Armstrong http://urbexobsession.com/index.php/gallery_CFS_Armstrong <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">CFS Armstrong</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Completed in 1954 by the US Air Force, this radar station was part of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinetree_Line" target="_blank">Pinetree Line</a>, a group of radar sites across Canada used as part of the defense against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It was manned by the 914th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">At this time, there were no roads linking Armstrong to the outside world. As a result, all food rations and supplies were brought in by way of the CNR Rail line.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">At the end of October, 1962, along with the climax of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_missile_crisis">Cuban Missile Crisis</a>, the station was handed over for operation by Royal Canadian Air Force.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In April, 1963, Armstrong would be declared operational on the <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/dictionary_SAGE" target="_blank">SAGE</a> (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) network. This system would help automate control of North American air space, and the guidance of intercepts of unknown targets.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The base ended operations in April, 1974 as it was declared redundant. It officially closed in October, 1975. This left the town of Armstrong in a difficult position, since the base provided much of the town's electricity, all road maintenance, snow clearing, fire and ambulance service.</p> <hr /><p><strong>July 15, 2004:</strong> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">While camping at the <a href="http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/slee.html">Sleeping Giant Provincial Park</a>, I noticed a road leading north with a sign that said, "Armstrong".</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Growing up, I'd heard many tales of a fabled Armstrong from my father. I thought it might be interesting to go and see what it looked like for myself.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was a long, uninteresting road, with vast straight stretches. The only interruption of the trees were areas that had already been cut. This was truly heading toward desolation. As the miles of emptiness added up, so too did the speed.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Cresting a hill, we noted a lone person standing in the middle of the road. What kind of idiot just stands in the middle of a remote road like that? An OPP Officer with a speed gun, that's who.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Afterwards, we arrived in Armstrong, and wandered about, taking in the local culture, the ambiance, sights and smells. Still, however, we had not managed to stumble upon the location of the former radar site.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We stopped for lunch at a small "greasy spoon", and later, while paying the bill, I asked the girl at the cash.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">"Would you know where the old radar site was?"</p> <p class="text-align-justify">"It's closed.", she replies, apparently believing she's being helpful.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">"Yes, I know, but do you know where it is?"</p> <p class="text-align-justify">"Well, yes, but you're not supposed to go there, it's closed."</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I begin to wonder if the military has brainwashed her as part of some terrible conspiracy, or has she merely been the result of PCB contamination in the ground water? "I understand that it's closed, but could you please tell me where it is?"</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Finally, a light does come on, and she offers vague directions toward the site that prove to be sufficient.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>August 10, 2017:</strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Thirteen years later and another camping trip brings me back into the area.  I decided that another visit was now in order to see what become of the place.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Because I was very new to the entire concept of exploring abandoned places when I first came here, there were many things I missed the first time.  It's unfortunate, really, because I wonder if some of the things I found on this trip might have been in even better shape the last time.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">While looking about, I had the opportunity to meet three gentlemen who were there for an entirely different reason than I.  One was a federal geologist, the second a provincial geologist, and the third a PhD student of Geology.  They were there to collect rock samples from the hill on which the operations site had been constructed.  Apparently this rock formation was the result of seismic activity rather than glaciers like most formations in the Canadian Shield.  After an interesting conversation with them, we each went our own way to resume our specific goals.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=12&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="X45eAIDZIQXcvQw561j0TUTNrlsbUnNfvBuh2VGKi0Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 12 at http://urbexobsession.com http://urbexobsession.com/index.php/gallery_CFS_Armstrong#comments Birch Island House 2 http://urbexobsession.com/index.php/gallery_Birch_Island_2 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Birch Island House 2</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/24/2017 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">This was an interesting find in that I've been past it so many times, yet not noticed it.  It wasn't a large house, and there's been significant damage over time.  A path leads away from the back that makes me curious as well...</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=82&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="C4yYwk4UZDHvRtFr0MvTiWuLiM7Xaet4o1PKeHVkz94"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 82 at http://urbexobsession.com http://urbexobsession.com/index.php/gallery_Birch_Island_2#comments