I discovered this place while wandering through an area I'd never seen before. I almost drove past it before realizing it was abandoned. A quick reverse, and I knew I'd found something interesting.
This status is given to locations I've explored but have since been demolished. Where possible the date of demolition or the date on which I discovered it was demolished will be provided.
I have been able to determine that this was once a generating station for a paper mill on the opposite side of the street. It opened in the 1920's, and remained in operation for about 40 years. In 2010, the property was purchased by an investor who sees opportunity for the location.
As of July, 2014, the EPA was helping to oversee the eventual demolition of this building because of its asbestos content and growing instability.
This site began life in the 1880's as a paper plant belonging to the Lockport Paper Company. In 1928, Flintkote, an asbestos company, bought out the property and began manufacturing felt for use in automobiles.
In 1971, the plant caught fire, and would soon after become abandoned.
Several other companies would make use of the property in years afterward. Eventually, in 1999, the county foreclosed on the property for back taxes, and promptly discovered how contaminated the site actually was.
The land on which this building stands was originally purchased from Adam Bernheisel in April, 1810. The almshouse that was subsequently built, and all of the records, were destroyed by fire in 1839. It was rebuilt but became insufficient to suit the needs by 1870.
A report in 1870 indicates that, aside from the main almshouse, there was also a "mad house" on the property. It contained 8 cells for the insane.
So I'm looking for gas as the needle on the gauge was getting pretty darned close to the bottom. I saw a sign, but as I pulled in, it became apparent that not only was it closed, but it hasn't been open in quite some time.
This was a purely accidental discovery. While walking a back field, looking for signs of something else I was looking for, I encountered a fence line. I followed the line a short distance before finding an opening leading to a low stone wall. Climbing over the wall, I found myself in an open yard, with this saw mill.
At first, I wasn't sure as to its status, but the closer I got, the more obvious it became that no one had used it in some time. Sweet!
This is really two locations in one, but since they were immediately adjacent to each other, I'd just combine them.
The Cement Plant was the subject of a newspaper article just before I visited. The reporter came to this place, decided it was an eyesore and hangout for drug abusers, and other undesirables, and called for its destruction.
Shortly afterwards, the city was able to locate the current owner and pressure them to demolish the structure.
Completed in July, 1952, as 209 RCAF Radio Station, this radar station made up part of the Pinetree Line, a string of radar stations used to defend against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Shortly afterwards, it was renamed RCAF Falconbridge. It was manned by the 33 Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron. It became part of the SAGE defense network in 1963.
I had the opportunity to take a nostalgic walk through my former high school not long before it was demolished.