urbexObsession - Boldly Go http://urbexobsession.com/rss.xml en Harmon AFB Bunker http://urbexobsession.com/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="/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 Lighthouse http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_RB_Lighthouse <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Rose Blanche Lighthouse</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/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, 01/15/2018 - 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">Construction of this lighthouse began in July, 1871, as granite was quarried from nearby.  Advice and equipment were supplied by D&amp;T Stevenson, an engineering firm from Scotland.  With a light standing 95 feet above sea level, it could be seen as far away as 13 miles in clear weather.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">From this time until the 1940's, there were six different lighthouse keepers stationed here.  The building was then abandoned and slowly fell into ruin.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The Southwest Development Association, and other community groups, came together in 1988 with plans to restore the lighthouse to its former condition.  Work began in 1996, and was finished in 1999.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">A bed and breakfast, gift store, canteen, etc., have all been constructed near the walking path leading to the lighthouse.  The staff are quite friendly and the view is breathtaking.  We stayed at the bed and breakfast for two nights while exploring around the area, and I had even attempted to do some night photography at the lighthouse, but the weather refused to cooperate.</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=827&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="hYJaauFcdZVqrCK1-4FPjSrrezFMvDcqzR4b4SnKoAQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 827 at http://urbexobsession.com http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_RB_Lighthouse#comments Rose Blanche Fish Plant http://urbexobsession.com/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="/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 http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_RB_Fishplant#comments Rose Blanche Pumphouse http://urbexobsession.com/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="/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 http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_RB_Pumphouse#comments Northern Raceway http://urbexobsession.com/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="/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 http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Northern_Raceway#comments Pruce's Motor Inn http://urbexobsession.com/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="/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 http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Pruces#comments Jackfish Ghost Town http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Jackfish <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Jackfish Ghost Town</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/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, 08/28/2017 - 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">As is often the case with these things, I wasn't completely sure as to the exact location of this town when I arrived.  In fact, I wasn't completely sure there was even anything left to see.  However, we were on vacation, we were in the area, give or take a few hundred kilometres, why not go take a look.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When we were close to the spot, I decided to park the truck and consider two possible directions we could begin hiking.  One seemed most likely, so I chose to eliminate the other first.  As it turns out, both were right.</p> <p><img alt="Max inspecting the trail." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5e5bb72d-b0bc-40b0-9a6e-fb4b915b0db8" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8888.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Nearing the tracks, we saw a well-beaten path on the far side, so often a clue when exploring.  We crossed over and followed it, only to emerge on a beautiful section of beach and a tent...  Someone was camping here, although not currently at home.  Clearly this wasn't where we wanted to be, so after giving the dog a chance to swim a bit on a warm day, we backtracked up the path to the railway.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">People had arrived in a car, and a second vehicle was approaching.  When I spoke to the first, I found out that this was the person camping on the beach, and that the place I was looking for was a little ways down the rail line.  By this time, the second group of two people arrived.  The man indicated that he had spent time here in his youth and was here to see what was left.  We were advised that there were a few narrow rock cuts along the track, and that there were frequent trains.  We would need to be careful.</p> <p><img alt="Old car in the woods." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="64d048e4-c250-45b2-a84e-7bf2c33c1458" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8916.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Jackfish existed before the <a href="http://www.cpr.ca/en" target="_blank">CPR</a> came along, mostly as a small fishing community.  It was the railway, however, that caused it rapid and immense growth.  Between 1883 and 1885, the railway, and a siding, were constructed here allowing the passing of trains in opposite directions.  After almost a decade, a port was established for the unloading of coal, building Jackfish up into a recoaling and watering station for the CPR's steam engines, here and in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schreiber,_Ontario" target="_blank">Shreiber</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_River,_Ontario" target="_blank">White River</a>.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We began our westward hike along the track and came quickly upon a large collapsed concrete structure on the south side.  It appears to have been a coal tipple that fell over.  Given its size and weight, I could just imagine the sound it must have made.</p> <p><img alt="Remains of an old house." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a1e96245-9818-43e8-a1c4-1a37aca8422f" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8924.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">A little further along, on the north side of the track, we encountered the remains of a water tower.  Not yet knowing the history of this place, I came to the conclusion that coal and water were the most likely reason for this town's existence.  As we continued along, we began to notice other details.  A ramp to raise a car for repairs.  An old car.  Open foundations with old furnaces cold and covered in moss.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In the 1930's, things continued just as busy as a local lumber company began using the port to ship wood to US pulp mills.  In the 40's, the war made its impact known as those of Japanese decent were placed in internment camps including one here at Jackfish.  The men were used to build the nearby Trans-Canada Highway.</p> <p><img alt="Steps up to a foundation in the woods." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="46efc5ab-36aa-4ad6-a768-a88e34336e64" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8947.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">With the rise of the diesel engine, coal began to give way, and so did Jackfish's importance to the CPR.  Things began to wind down, and people began to close up and move away as fortunes here began to diminish.  In 1960, the town's hotel burned down, and by three years later, only two families remained living here.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We watched a few of the new trains go past along the tracks as we explored.  No one seemed surprised we were there.  A couple of camps were still occupied, probably on a seasonal basis, and the signs of the town's former glory and becoming ever more difficult to find.  Still painted in relatively small white letters on the rock face, however, was "Jackfish Ontario". </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=8&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="y06zzPyLr_ZZKapL-Bs_GL7apmqwU5Rs0pED5YVHxJs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 8 at http://urbexobsession.com http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Jackfish#comments CFS Armstrong http://urbexobsession.com/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="/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 Pinetree Line, 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.  There 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/gallery_CFS_Armstrong#comments Kingston Penitentiary http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Kingston_Penitentiary <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Kingston Penitentiary</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/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, 05/29/2017 - 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>May 20, 2017</strong><strong>:</strong></p> <p><img alt="Kingston Penn ca. 1901" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1d71eeae-f100-40c8-9fff-8ae96668b85c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Kingston_Penitentiary_%28c._1901%29_0.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">We arrived on a bright and sunny May morning, parked and proceeded to the front entrance to begin our tour.  My attention was initially distracted by the person positioned there to check me in and give me instructions before I noticed the sheer magnitude and domination of this entrance.  Of course, that was its design...  Instant intimidation of anyone entering through the massive doors.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Once checked in, we made our way along a few corridors to a holding room where waivers were signed, groups assigned and color-coded wrist-bands affixed.  Anticipation built as we looked at the paintings of clowns and other cartoon figures on the walls, a stark contrast to what was otherwise experienced by an actual inmate.</p> <p><img alt="Clown painted on the wall of the visitor's centre." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8ab8fd86-13f8-40b2-ab06-191a6c33110b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8586.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Kingston Penitentiary was constructed in 1833 / 34, and opened June 1, 1835, as the Provincial Penitentiary of the Province of Upper Canada.  Cells measured 26 inches wide, 8 feet deep and were just 6 feet, 7 inches high.  The entire complex was originally surrounded by a 12 foot high wooden fence, but by 1845, towers, stock walls, and the North Gatehouse were constructed.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In that same year, Antoine Beauche was convicted of being part of a pick-pocketing ring, and sentenced to three years at the Penitentiary.  During that time, on 49 separate occasions, he was whipped for infractions such as staring, laughing, whistling, giggling or idling.  He was 8 years old...</p> <p><img alt="Photo of original central building." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="26db67ac-0466-4951-900b-83b3688020ad" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/a046242-v8_0.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Henry Smith, the first Warden, didn't begin work there until 1848.  He was eventually dismissed, however, because of violent punishments including flogging, darkened cells and locking inmates in upright coffins.  By 1849, there were already calls for the Penitentiary to be closed, including from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Brown_(Canadian_politician)" target="_blank">George Brown</a>, an MP.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">From 1859 to 1861, a domed hub structure was built to connect the cell blocks together.</p> <p><img alt="Charles Dickens." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3b284fb7-dafe-4e3f-a06d-dc1a62dce6ea" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Dickens_Gurney_head%5B1%5D.jpg" /></p> <p>In 1842, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Dickens" target="_blank">Charles Dickens</a> visited the prison, as he had other prisons including <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_ESP" target="_blank">Eastern State Penitentiary</a>, which he deplored.  In contrast, Dickens said,</p> <blockquote> <p>There is an admirable gaol here, well and wisely governed, and excellently regulated, in every respect.  The men were employed as shoemakers, ropemakers, blacksmiths, tailors, capenters and stonecutters; and in building a new prison, which was pretty far advanced towards completion.  The female prisoners were occupied in needlework.</p> </blockquote> <p><img alt="Current view of a cell on display." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="98bd860f-bad5-439d-bfec-26b86a0d95ba" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8634_1%5B1%5D.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">From 1890, all the way through until 1914, the Penitentiary was overhauled.  Cell size was doubled and they included water, electric light and small tables.  In addition, a new block was built to house the female prisoners.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">On September 10, 1923, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Ryan" target="_blank">Norman "Red" Ryan</a> and other inmates escaped.  A fire was started in a shed as distraction and smoke-screen while they erected a ladder against the perimeter wall and escaped stealing a nearby car.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The following month, on October 17, Kingston experienced their first major prison riot lasting 6 days.  Guards were taken hostage, and the prison tailor shop was barricaded.  Tear gas was used to regain control of the prison.</p> <p><img alt="Cleaning up after the 1954 riot." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="711dcc4f-dc6b-49f5-afb1-3f948003f6c5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/1954_riot.jpg.size_.custom.crop_.825x650_0%5B1%5D.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The next major riot took place on August 14, 1954.  It lasted only two hours, involving over 900 prisoners.  It began during a morning baseball game when a guard was attacked.  Fires were set in various buildings, shops and a warehouse.  After an estimated $2 million of damage had been done, the Canadian Army and a unit of the RCMP were called in to support the retaking of the prison.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The third and final major riot took place on April 14, 1971 and lasted for four days.  Two inmates deemed "undesirable" died during the riot, and six guards were held hostage, but later released without harm.  After negotiations, the riot ended after the prisoners grieved the lack of recreational time, lack of work and concerns about the conditions at <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millhaven_Institution" target="_blank">Millhaven</a> prison which had originally been built to replace KP.</p> <p><img alt="Officials touring the damage after the riot." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4c0229d1-415e-46ca-a131-24e5a00e8446" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/kingston_8.jpg.size_.custom.crop_.1086x724_0%5B1%5D.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">An inquiry held after the riot noted aged facilities, overcrowding, shortage of professional staff, confinement of prisoners not actually requiring maximum security and too much time in cells as causing factors.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Additional riots took place in 1975 which led to the creation of the Sub-Committee on the Penitentiary System in Canada.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">An RCMP investigation into the conduct of specific guards was conducted that resulted in the firing of 8 staff members.  Two guards implicated in the investigation took their own lives before the results went public.</p> <p><img alt="A current view of a guard tower seen through a chain-link fence." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2371d256-f04e-4278-9485-85daf48bdb78" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8769%5B1%5D.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 1999, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ty_Conn" target="_blank">Ty Conn</a> became the first person to successfully escape since 1958.  He died, whether by accident, or by his own hand, while talking to CBC producer Theresa Burke on the phone, and surrounded by police in Toronto.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">On April 19, 2012, Kingston Penitentiary's closure was announced, and the facility was closed officially on September 30 the following year.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>May 30, 2017:</strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">According to the Kingston Whig-Standard (article attached below) the vision for the site of Kingston Penitentiary, and the adjoined waterfront, will be revealed.  It may include such things as Canada's first sailing centre of excellence, a wind research facility, prison museum, condominiums, and possibly a hotel with shops and public space.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>June 10, 2017:</strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">After our initial tour in May, I had sent an email to the St. Lawrence Parks Commission.  In it, I itemized things I felt was good about the tour, but also some things where I felt it fell short.  Soon afterward, I was informed by the Commission that changes had been made to the format of the premium tours, and they invited me to return, as their guest, to review the improvements.  I gratefully accepted.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">They had, indeed, made the improvements required to make the experience truly enjoyable, including smaller groups, more time, etc.  I offer my special thanks the manager for his responsiveness to the comments of visitors and obvious dedication.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-videos field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Videos</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><p><strong>CBC Fifth Estate:  Kingston Pen Secrets and Lies</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><a href="https://youtu.be/f5oEe8r2fYs" target="_blank"><img alt="Fifth Estate" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="670ecb3e-a39f-4e55-8868-78fed5002933" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/video_Kingston_Secrets_Lies.JPG" /></a></strong></p> <hr /><p><strong>Doc Zone: Tales from Kingston Pen</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://youtu.be/3YbFOOD5Nlk" target="_blank"><img alt="The Doc Zone" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="66f86fdf-64eb-4e60-8602-e6735a8644cf" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/video_Doc_Zone_Tales_from_Kingston.JPG" /></a></p> <hr /><p><strong>CBC Archives:  Fires and Rioting Damage Kingston Pen 1954</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2312813716/" target="_blank"><img alt="Kingston Riot" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0ce15f01-3191-4c33-88dd-c93c18b67ac7" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/video_kingston_riot_1954.JPG" /></a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep03 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=13&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="KI2V2LcXpDuWgxqoic4wiRBuo5z3uOQKxP28SqoSgC0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 29 May 2017 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 13 at http://urbexobsession.com http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Kingston_Penitentiary#comments Whitefish House http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Whitefish_House <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Whitefish House</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 04/14/2017 - 22:34</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">When I first found this house a week ago, I was actually hunting for the remains of a power dam.  I made note of the house and decided that on the next opportunity, I would come back and take a closer look.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">You can see the place has been completely cleaned out.  Not a single belonging left behind.  I know nothing of the history of the place, but it's obvious that the people who moved from here had ample time and planned to leave.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It's a shame, really, to see this house left alone like this.  It wouldn't take a great deal to get it back into good shape, and the property on which it sits is amazing.</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</h2> <a id="comment-12"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/12" typeof="schema:Comment"> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/comment/12#comment-12" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">I Visited The Same Place Just 10 Days Ago!</a></h3> <!-- /.header --> <footer> <p class="submitted"><span rel="schema:author">Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jack (not verified)</span> on Sat, 09/30/2017 - 14:03</span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2017-09-30T18:03:00+00:00" class="rdf-meta hidden"></span> </p> <span class="hidden new" data-comment-timestamp="1511792596"></span> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Wow, what a coincidence! We canoed in September, 2017 to the dam and then walked around, finding this abandoned house. It was located close to the dam and to the former railway leading to Manitoulin Island. I took a bunch of photos. I was also wondering who it belonged to--after all, there was a road leading to the main highway and I'm sure a buyer could have been found.</p> <p>Thanks for sharing!</p> <p>Jack</p></div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=12&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Sk0O2QeUMK6QxjnXWQPK6VkeGg4AZNFkU9-Od55fSmg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <!-- /.comment --> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=83&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="Hb1FFGwFHPP5IIJe2edOxtGhznILHB-DMW6t2x_66mg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 15 Apr 2017 02:34:07 +0000 Mike 83 at http://urbexobsession.com http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Whitefish_House#comments