urbexObsession - Boldly Go https://urbexobsession.com/rss.xml en Unknown Blockhouse https://urbexobsession.com/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="/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 https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Unknown_Blockhouse#comments Stephenville AFS https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Stephenville_AFS <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Stephenville AFS</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, 02/05/2018 - 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">Belonging to the United States Air Force, construction of this radar station began in 1951 and was completed two years later.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 1971, control of the station was handed over to the Royal Canadian Air Force, and it was promptly closed.  Despite being part of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinetree_Line" target="_blank">Pinetree Line</a>, and having radar designed for use with the <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/dictionary_SAGE" target="_blank">SAGE</a> system, the station was never made part of the SAGE network.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">At the time of its closing, it was equipped with an <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/radar_FPS20" target="_blank">AN/FPS-93A</a>, <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/radar_FPS6" target="_blank">AN/FPS-6B</a> and an AN/FPS-90, a higher powered version of the AN/FPS-6.</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=914&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="Zg7Jij4bwtdXN0GklfOosHrZELfC4rp2YnPqlbB5KJQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 914 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Stephenville_AFS#comments Harmon AFB Hanger https://urbexobsession.com/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="/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="/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 https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Harmon_AFB_Hanger#comments Harmon AFB Bunker https://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 https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Harmon_AFB_Bunker#comments Rose Blanche Lighthouse https://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 https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_RB_Lighthouse#comments Rose Blanche Fish Plant https://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 https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_RB_Fishplant#comments Rose Blanche Pumphouse https://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 https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_RB_Pumphouse#comments Northern Raceway https://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 https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Northern_Raceway#comments Pruce's Motor Inn https://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 https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Pruces#comments Jackfish Ghost Town https://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 https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Jackfish#comments